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March 12, 2014


It's time once again for Discover Agriculture in the City, a free, three-day event featuring interactive displays and presentations from key organizations in the agriculture industry that will take place Thursday, March 13 to Saturday, March 15 downtown at The Forks Market. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, along with partner organizations, have developed this event for urban Canadians to explore and discover the important role agriculture plays in their lives. Come see the Food Fight at the Forks featuring our very own food product development students, enjoy cooking demos and many other activities. For more information, visit

The Final Project Seminars for Project in Agroecology (AGEC 4550) will be held Thursday, March 13 from 1:30 to 2:15 pm in Room 218 Agriculture Building. Presentations will include Sachelle Johnston on "Effect of Cover Crop Establishment and Species Selection on Soil Moisture of Previously Flooded Soils" and Joshua Regelous on "Phytoremediation Using Tufted Hair Grass (Deschampsia caespitosa)". Everyone welcome!

An Advanced Plant Science Seminar will be held on Thursday, March 13 in Room 130 Agriculture Building at 3:30 pm. Movie Day will feature the showing “Silence of the Labs”, a documentary film produced by CBC’s The Fifth Estate.  All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.

The Aggie (Degree) Grads Farewell banquet will be held Saturday, March 15 at Caboto Centre.

A Canola Connect Farm and Food Workshop entitled "Farm and Food: Start the Conversation" will be held Tuesday, March 18 at 5:30 pm in Room 130 Agriculture Building. This free event features ag and food advocates Dr. Cami Ryan and Michele Payn-Knoper, who will debunk myths in science, ag and food. They will also guide the audience in learning how to respond to questions about food and farm. All are welcome - free pizza available!

An educational event for grad students and academics on research ethics and compliance entitled “Pitfalls and Potholes You Need to Avoid” will be held on Wednesday, March 19, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm at 204 Brodie Centre, 727 McDermot Avenue on Bannatyne Campus.

The sixth seminar in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Seminar Series will be held on Wednesday, March 19 at 3:30 pm in the Richardson International Auditorium, 172 Agriculture Building. Peter Jones, Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals, will be presenting "'Healthy Oils: Making the Most of a Canadian Prairie Resource".  Refreshments will be served at 3:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The Food Development Centre is planning a one-day seminar entitled “Developing Functional Food Products: Role of Functional Ingredients” to be held at the Food Development Centre in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, on Thursday, March 20. The focus of the seminar is to demonstrate the role and benefits of functional ingredients in food products. Participants will learn about the functionality, nutritional and health benefits of these ingredients and how they can be positioned to gain competitive advantage for food processors and meet consumer demands for healthy products with clean labels. For more information about the seminar, please contact Jackie Simpson-Cleaver at the Food Development Centre at 204-239-3150 or 1-800-870-1044 or email

A Department of Entomology Seminar will be held on Tuesday, March 25 in Room 220 Animal Science/Entomology Building at 10:10 am.  Rob Duncan, Plant Science, will be presenting “Breeding for every trait - except resistance to our most damaging pests”.

A Department of Animal Science Seminar will be held on Tuesday, March 25 in Room 219 Animal Science Building at 11:30 am.  Linsei Sarna, Ph.D. student with Karmin O, will be presenting "Regulation of hepatic oxidative stress in metabolic disease".

An Advanced Plant Science Seminar will be held on Thursday, March 27 in Room 130 Agriculture Building at 3:30 pm. Ed Rempel, Manitoba Canola Growers Association, will be presenting “Conversations with a farmer: variety selection and decision making for the 2014 growing season”.  All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.

A Department of Animal Science Seminar will be held on Tuesday, April 1 in Room 219 Animal Science Building at 11:30 am.  Mathieu Pinette, M.Sc. student, will be presenting "Development of a quadriplex fluorescent microsphere immunoassay for the detection of antibody responses to avian influenza and Newcastle Disease virus" to be followed by Lindsey Lippens, M.Sc. student, presenting "The genetic and phenotypic relationships between temperament, feeding behaviour and residual feed intake in Western Canadian cattle production systems".


Rick Holley, Food Science, has been named a Fellow of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology for his outstanding contributions to the field of science and technology. The IAFoST is a group of elected distinguished food scientists and technologists who collectively form a pool of scientific expertise in food science and technology from which IUFoST may draw non-aligned expert advice on scientific matters. They are at the forefront of IUFoST, helping to strengthen global food science and technology for humanity. The official recognition and induction of the new Fellows into the Academy will be at a special dinner at the 17th World Congress of Food Science and Technology, themed“Research that Resonates” and to be held in Montreal, Canada,  August 17-21, 2014.

Laurie Connor, Animal Science, gave an invited presentation at the American Association of Swine Veterinarians Annual conference in Dallas Texas on March 3 entitled "Transitioning to group housing: Sow considerations".

A factsheet on sow group housing options is now available on the Manitoba Pork website - "Options for successful group housing of sows". It was authored by Laurie Connor, Jane Goodridge, and Mark Fynn of Manitoba Pork and was funded through MRAC and Manitoba Pork Council. Access the factsheet online at

Trust Beta, Food Science, is serving on the Scientific Committee of the International Association for Cereal Science and Technology (ICC) International Symposium on Bioactive Compounds in Cereal Grains and Foods to be held in Vienna, Austria, April 24-25, 2014:

The Spring 2014 issue of the University of Manitoba Transport Institute Dispatch Newsletter is now available. View it online at


The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has a unique offer for members of the University of Manitoba community who wish to publish in RSC journals.  As part of U of Manitoba Libraries’ subscription to RSC journals this year, RSC has given us vouchers to cover open access publication fees in 2014. To take advantage of this offer simply submit your article as you normally would; once it has been accepted for publication you will be given the option of entering a voucher code.  At this point contact Mayu Ishida (  and she will provide you with a voucher code.  The voucher code will make your article available for anyone to read for free. If you have any questions please contact Mayu Ishida (


Gary Martens, Lakhdar Lamari, Ardelle Grieger, Robert H. Gulden, and Brent McCallum, Comparative yield, disease resistance and response to fungicide for forty-five historic Canadian wheat cultivars,  Canadian Journal of Plant Science, 2014, 94(2), 371-381.


Michele Rogalsky, School of Agriculture, was quoted in the article "Farm safety study helps producers design plans" in the Western Producer (March 6). Michele talked about the funding received from Works Compensation Board for two projects aimed at developing farm safety plans and training. Read it on page 50 at Michele was also interviewed by radio stations for Golden West and CKLQ 880 Brandon -

Derek Brewin, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, was quoted in the article "Crop production costs" in Grainews (March 11) in a story about the balance between grain prices and input costs. Read it on page 12 at

A number of University of Manitoba researchers who presented at the Manitoba Soil Science Society meeting were highlighted in the article "Struvite from manure safer in canola seed row" in the Manitoba Co-operator (March 6). Yeukai Katanda, Soil Science, has been studying struvite performance in canola, and Ainsley Hamm, Animal Science, has been analyzing pasture soil and groundwater to explore potential pollution from liquid manure application. Oscar Molina, Soil Science, and his team have been exploring if a one-off shot of compost boosts potato yields and helps fend off early dying syndrome. Read it on page 13 at

Mario Tenuta, Soil Science, was quoted in the article "Critters in the soil" in Grainews (March 4) in a story about soil fungi and nematodes. Read it on page 16 at

Mario was also quoted on CBC Information Radio about the frost line in Winnipeg, and how it has been affecting infrastructure such as water pipes. Mario noted that the dry fall and extremely cold winter has played a role in this year’s conditions.

Filiz Koksel and Martin Scanlon, Food Science, along with John Page, Physics, were interviewed by City TV's Breakfast Television and featured on the UM Today news page following Filiz's People's Choice win at the 3MT competition on her research into bubbles in bread. Read more at or watch the BT video at

Rick Holley, Food Science, was interviewed by CBC on the topic of academic dishonesty after a CBC survey of 42 Canadian universities on the topic. Read it at


Do you have extra belly fat? The Richardson Center for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals is conducting a nutrition study to investigate how dietary oils can improve your health while potentially reducing android (belly) fat. The study is open to men and women who meet the following criteria: aged 20-65; elevated blood cholesterol; elevated waist circumference; not taking medication to lower blood lipids/cholesterol; and non-smoker. Volunteers will be compensated for their participation. For more information, visit or contact (204) 480-1042 or

Fiscal Year End - Our fiscal year end of March 31, 2013 is fast approaching. Staff are reminded to make all purchases, travel and business claims soon. For year-end guidelines and schedule, please see Financial Services website at

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