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November 8, 2013


A Department of Animal Science Seminar will be held on Tuesday, November 12, in Room 220 Animal Science Building at 10:00 am.  Allan Kotz, M.Sc. student, will be presenting "Modern alternatives to the traditional straw bedding in dairy industry".  All are welcome to attend.

A Human Nutritional Sciences Graduate Seminar entitled "The effect of green lentil components on arterial compliance and endothelial function in spontaneously hypertensive rats" will be presented by Jaime Clark, Human Nutritional Sciences, on Tuesday, November 12 at 3:00 pm in 207 Human Ecology Building.

The first seminar in the 2013-14 Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics Seminar Series will be “Spatial Arbitrage in the Western Canadian Canola Market” presented by Janelle Mann, Department of Economics, on Wednesday November 13, at 3:30 pm in Dean’s Conference Room, Room 252 Agriculture Building. Refreshments at 3:15 pm and everyone welcome!

An Advanced Plant Science Seminar will be held on Thursday, November 14 in Room 130 Agriculture Building at 3:30 pm. Dr. Colin Hiebert, Cereal Research Center, AAFC, will be presenting “Stem Rust Resistance in Wheat – Two Approaches”.  All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.

A Food Science Graduate Seminar will be held on Friday, November 15 in Room 245 Ellis Building at 10:30 am. Gary Dion will be presenting "Effects of Fusarium Head Blight on Malting and Brewing Qualities of Beer".  The seminar is 30 minutes and is followed by a ten minute question period.

A Soil Science Seminar will be held Tuesday, November 19, at 12 noon in Room 346 Ellis Building, with Dr. Xiaopeng Gao, Research Associate, Department of Soil Science, presenting "Linking Soil Profile Greenhouse Gas Concentrations to Surface Emissions in a Prairie Pothole Agricultural Landscape".

A Food Science Graduate Seminar will be held on Wednesday, November 20 in Room 245 Ellis Building at 10:30 am. Nancy Ellen Noren will be presenting "Heat and pH stability of Anthocyanin Red Colorants in Food Systems".  The seminar is 30 minutes and is followed by a ten minute question period.

The third seminar in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Seminar Series for 2013-2014 will be held on Wednesday, November 20 in the Carolyn Sifton Lecture Theatre, 130 Agriculture Building.  Dr. Lysa Porth, Guy Carpenter Professor in Agricultural Risk Management and Insurance, will be presenting "Understanding the Value of Reinsurance".  Refreshments will be served at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

A Department of Entomology Seminar will be held on Thursday, November 21 in Room 219 Animal Science/Entomology Building at 10:10 am. Dr. Erwin Huebner, Department of Biological Sciences, will be presenting “Development of Female Germ Cell Syncytia – Diverse Invertebrate Models.”  Refreshments served at 10:00 am.

An Advanced Plant Science Seminar will be held on Thursday, November 21 in Room 130 Agriculture Building at 3:30 pm. Ms Louise Bellett, M.Sc. Candidate Royal Roads University School of Sustainability, will be presenting “The Value of Shelterbelts to the R.M. of Stanley Farming Community, or What Does a Prairie Family Feud Look Like?”  All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.

A Soil Science Thesis Defense will be held Tuesday, November 26, at 10:00 am in  Room 346 Ellis Building, with Michael Cardillo, M.Sc. Student, Department of Soil Science, presenting "Stubble Management Effects on Microclimate and Performance of Canola across Different Climatic Regions in Western Canada".

A Department of Animal Science Seminar will be held on Tuesday, November 26, in Room 220 Animal Science Building at 10:00 am.  Lindsey Lippens, M.Sc. student, will be presenting "Body condition scoring as a tool for managing the dairy animals during different production stages".  All are welcome to attend.

Students for Sustainability are a group of University of Manitoba students involved in El Pueblo Creciente (The Growing Village), a Honduras sustainable living project, and they are holding a Bud, Spud and Steak fundraiser on Friday, November 29 at Area Nightclub, 1792 Pembina Hwy, from 5 pm to 8 pm. Please come out and support their program, which allows students  to research, design, plan, and implement alternative solutions for sustainable living in less fortunate areas of Honduras. Last year the team built an adobe home, and this year their focus is a drinking water and irrigation system for an elementary school. Learn more at

The Manitoba Agronomists Conference will be held Wednesday, December 11 and Thursday, December 12 in Room 172 Agriculture Building and via webcast. The cost is $200.  Register by December 2 to take advantage of the early bird rate of $150.  Registration closes December 8.  Register early for Winnipeg as space is limited. Graduate students are invited to attend as well as submit posters.  Poster requirements and deadlines as well as registration information is on the MAC website at


Courtney Jordan, undergraduate agronomy student, was named this year’s senior champion in the 28th annual Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture competition held November 2 , 2013, at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. She selected the topic "Reading, Writing and Agriculture: Should Agriculture Be In The Curriculum?". In total, 28 competitors from five provinces took part in the senior competition.  You can watch Courtney's speech here -

The Hon. Ron Kostyhyn, Manitoba Agriculture Food and Rural Development Minister, officially proclaimed  November 4-H Month at a special signing ceremony in the Faculty this week, where it was also announced that 4-H and the Faculty are launching a new student Future Leaders Club. The event takes on extra significance this year as 4-H celebrates 100 years in Canada. Read more at

Ehsan Khafipour and Hooman Derakhshani, Animal Science, presented at the 6th Canadian MAP (Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratubercullosis) meeting held in Banff, AB, October 24-25. Ehsan spoke on "Microbiome as a predictive tool for health and disease" and Hooman spoke on "High-throughput microbial analysis of gastrointestinal tract confirms age and dose susceptibility of dairy calves to MAP".

Robert Duncan, Plant Science, was invited to Parliament and Senate on November 4 to take part in an NSERC Science Kiosk. Robert was one of six scientists invited to the event to present their research to Members of Parliament and Senators.

Corey Lees, Plant Science, working with Robert Duncan presented a poster entitled, Comparison of Three Different Cytoplasms in the Ogura INRA Cytoplasmic Male Sterility Pollination Control System, at the Crop Science meetings in Tampa Bay, Florida on November 7, 2013.    

At the Entomological Society of Canada meeting held in Guelph October 20-23, a number of Department of Entomology members and students presented talks and posters: Alejandro Costamagna, Rob Currie, Terry Galloway, and Neil Holliday, and R. Bahreini, C.M. Robson-Hyska, and G. Parsons.

A number of talks and posters were presented by Department of Entomology faculty and students at the recent Entomological Society of Manitoba meeting held November 1-2 in Winnipeg. Chalsie Warren and Barb Sharanowski (poster) "Symphyta (Hymenoptera) of Nopiming Provincial Park, Manitoba"; Whitney Lodge-Zaparnick and Barb Sharanowski (poster) "Alysiinae (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) In Canola in Manitoba: Increasing Our Knowledge on Parasitoid Biodiversity in Agroecosystems"; Barb Sharanowski, Michael Domaratzki, Leanne Peixoto and Phillip Snarr "Novel Insights into Splicesomal Intron Evolution from Multiple Insect Lineages"; Udari Wanigasekara and Barb Sharanowski "Suitability of cover crops as alternative hosts plants of Copidosoma bakeri (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae), potential natural enemies of cutworms"; Miles Zhang and Barb Sharanowski "Small wasps, big problems: Resolving the Peristenus pallipes complex using molecular techniques".

Barb Sharanowski, Entomology, was an invited speaker at the University of North Dakota, Department of Biology on October 11 with her presentation “The Evolution of Introns: New Insights from Insects.”

Terry Galloway, Entomology, spoke at the Manitoba Legislature on October 29 to a group looking at amending the endangered species act to include endangered spaces. Terry also spoke at the Fort Whyte Nature Center in September to a group of naturalists on overwintering strategies in insects. While in Guelph for the ESC meeting, Terry attended meetings of the Biological Survey Foundation as a Trustee and attended the Biological Survey Committee meeting also in Guelph.

Fernanda Gouvea Pereira, a Science Without Borders undergraduate student who did her internship under Soil Science's Francis Zvomuya’s supervision in summer 2013, won third prize in the Applied Sciences category at the 2013 Undergraduate Research Poster Competition held late October at the University of Manitoba.

An undergraduate student, Stephanie Dheilly, is doing a study for her Agroecology Project on the nitrogen and phosphorus concentrations of urban vegetable garden soils. We are looking to obtain soil samples from home vegetable gardens, before freeze-up, that she may analyze them next term. We are looking for 20 participants to provide samples from their gardens over the next two weeks. If you can help, please contact Mario ( for sample bags and instructions. Your help will be very appreciated. 

Members of the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals will participate in and exhibit the centre’s research and development capabilities at the Agri-Innovation Forum on November 19 and 20 at the Fort Garry Hotel in downtown Winnipeg. People requiring more about this unique event for agri-entrepreneurs and investors should visit: for more information or contact Dan Wuerch, RCFFN Research Development Manager @ 204-474-6030.


Kraft Lecture speaker and Faculty alumnus Bill Wilson was featured in the article "Big opportunities in agriculture, GM crops" in the Manitoba Co-operator (November 7). Page 17 at

Robert Duncan, Plant Science, was interviewed in the Manitoba Cooperator ( as well as on CFAM for the NSERC Collaborative Research and Development (CRD) Grant that his team was awarded. Working with Dilantha Fernando and Genyi Li, their research will focus on improving high erucic acid rapeseed.

Suresh Desai and Rob Currie, Entomology, were quoted in "Research promising, but needs work" in the Western Producer (October 31). They discussed resesarch they are doing into controlling deformed wing virus in bees. Page 33 at

Rob Currie, Entomology, was interviewed by the Guelph Mercury (October 25) in the article "Guelph gathering delves into progress in pollinator research".

Rick Holley, Food Science, was interviewed on CTV News about how long food can be stored in your freezer and how to safely defrost foods.

Laurie Connor, Animal Science, was interviewed on Farmscape (October 24) for the article "Early Detection Key to Addressing Lameness in the Sow Herd". Read the transcript and listen to the interview at

Kris Dick, Biosystems Engineering, was interviewed about his work in hemp as a building material in the article "A Green Alternative to Insulation Materials" in the ASME Magazine. (ASME was founded as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 1880.)  The article is available online at

Kateryn Rochon, Entomology, was interviewed recently by the Manitoba Mining Review. 


The call for the Student Life Leadership Awards is out (Undergraduate and graduate students).  Last year, several of our students won this award.  Please pass on to your staff and encourage students to apply.  Last year the nominations came from staff; this year it seems that students need to apply themselves, but get supporting letters from others. Deadline January 10, but don't wait until the last minute.  More info and forms at

The Office of the VP (Academic) is pleased to announce the establishment of the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF). This fund will support projects (ranging from $5,000-$15,000) that explore new pedagogical approaches (such as blended learning), and the impact on learning, the scholarship of teaching and learning, the integration of research and teaching in the classroom, and more. Guidelines and application form are available online at lease have applications submitted to the Dean's Office by January 27 so that we can rank applications and submit by January 31.

The 2013 Manitoba Agronomists Conference (MAC) is has put out a Call for Grad Student Posters. MAC will be held on December 11 and 12.  All grad students are welcome to attend and submit a poster for our poster session.  Attendance is free for grad students, standing room only and does not include lunch. For requirements and deadlines for submitting a poster, please visit our website:   Please make sure to supply 8 1/2 x 11 handouts of your poster.

The Agronomists Conference also has put out a Call for Student Volunteers. In return for volunteering with the conference, you will receive some free food and be able to listen to some great presentations!  Please consider volunteering your time for any of the following positions: handing out parking passes in the Welcome Centre on the morning of December 11; helping out at the registration table with nametags and speaker packages; helping with refreshment and lunch coordination; assisting with Powerpoint set-up and microphones. Please let Rachel Sydor ( that you would like to help out. 

USMU is once again running its Holiday Hampers program, though which they provide food hampers to students in need, and their families, over the holiday season.  With rising costs of housing, food, and education, the need for this program has significantly increased and last year, over 200 hampers were requested and delivered. UMSU is currently seeking Campus groups interested in the Adopt-a-Hamper Initiative.  When an individual or group adopts a hamper they commit to putting together and delivering a food hamper.  UMSU provides the list of groceries for the hamper, as well as the address it is to be delivered. If you are interested in the Adopt-a-Hamper Initiative, please contact them by November 22, via email:, phone: 204-474-6524, or stop by the UMSU office at 101 University Centre and request to speak with Susanna Ally or Ilze Ceplis.

AG e-news > November 8, 2013