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September 4, 2014


A Department of Entomology Seminar will be held on Tuesday, September 9 in Room 220 Animal Science/Entomology Building at 10:10 am.  Fuji Jian, Department of Biosystems Engineering will present  “Insect detection and density estimation in stored grain bins: is it a needle in a haystack or an elephant in a room?” Refreshments served at 10:00 am.

This weekend the Bombers take on the Roughriders in the annual Banjo Bowl on Sunday, September 7.  The Event Day Parking Plan goes into effect at 1:30 pm, 90 minutes before kick-off. Complete details about alternate parking locations and other event dates are listed at

The U of M Bisons football season begins Friday, September 12. Tickets are available at with single game tickets ($15 adults/$8 seniors and students) and season tickets ($50 adults/$45 staff and alumni/$25 seniors and students). Get the whole schedule at

The University of Manitoba Homecoming 2014 will run September 15-21.  Among the activities are a Visionary Conversations presentation, tours, Bisons football game and the Homecoming dinner and concert. A complete listing of Homecoming 2014 events is at

Diploma Orientation will be Wednesday, September 17. Diploma classes start on Monday, September 22.

The first seminar in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Seminar Series for 2014-2015 will be held on Wednesday, September 17 in the Carolyn Sifton Lecture Theatre, 130 Agriculture Building.  Michel Aliani, Human Nutritional Sciences, will be presenting "No Target is The Target:  Application of Metabolomics to Food and Biological Fluids for Hypothesis Generation".  Refreshments will be served at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

The University of Manitoba Visionary Conversations series will host its first session of the 2014-2015 season on Wednesday, September 24 starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Robert B. Schultz Lecture Theatre entitled "Free Expression - Who Pays the Price?".  RSVP to or 204-474-7881. For more details on the full season, visit

The Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre will once again take part in Open Farm Day on Sunday, September 21. The Centre will be open free of charge to the public from 10 am to 4 pm, and once again Manitoba Pork will offer a free pork-on-a-bun lunch from 12 noon to 1 pm.  Open Farm Day is a province-wide event that connects the public directly to farmers, ranchers and market gardeners, and provides the opportunity to learn more about farm life and Manitoba food production. See the complete range of available tour stops at

The Manitoba Institute for Policy Research is hosting a Pizza and a Pint evening on Tuesday, September 23 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm at the Winnipeg Free Press New Cafe (237 McDermot Ave) on the topic "Review of the 2014 Manitoba Flood". This past spring and summer saw heavy flooding return to Manitoba. What is the damage this time around? What measures were taken to mitigate damage, and what could have been done differently? What sort of progress has been made on intergovernmental flood management? Most importantly, are we learning from our experiences (particularly the events of 2011) and becoming better flood managers? Join their panel of experts as they offer engaging discussion on these issues of great importance to many Manitobans. Cost is $10. RSVP at

An Advanced Plant Science Seminar will be held on Thursday, September 25 in Room 130 Agriculture Building at 3:30 pm.  Gnanesh Nanjappa, Postdoctoral Fellow Department of Plant Science, will be presenting “Development of SNP Markers for Breeding Disease Resistant Oat Varieties”.  All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.

The Transport Institute will host the Northern Food Security Seminar - Discussion of Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel Report on Wednesday, October 1. Panellists will include Barry E. Prentice, Asper School of Business, Fikret Berkes, Geography, and Ian Mauro, Geography. Complete details including registration can be found at

The Agri Innovation Forum is once again coming to Winnipeg on November 18 and 19. This is the "Partnering Conference for the Agri-Bioeconomy." Save $200 with early bird registration by August 22. Complete program and registration details at

Mark your calendar for the Agricultural Excellence Conference "Seeding Transition to Harvest Change" scheduled for November 19-21 in Winnipeg at the Fort Garry Hotel.  Michele Rogalsky, School of Agriculture, is serving on Conference Committee with Derek Turner (ACC), Terry Betker and Shirley Thompson (U of M`s NRI). Early bird rate ends September 20 and there is a student rate available.  Full details at


The Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences is pleased to announce the appointment of Tracy Gilson as operations manager for the University of Manitoba’s Glenlea Research Station. Tracy will provide management for the operations and maintenance of the research station as well as the Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre in support of the research, teaching and outreach goals of the Faculty. She comes to the University from her previous role as acting assistant deputy minister in Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development. She can be reached at 204-883-2156 or  Read more about Tracy's appointment at

Martin Scanlon, Food Science and acting associate dean (research), was the recipient of this year's Graduate Students' Association Teaching Award. Martin joins a strong showing of recipients of this award from the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences (eight Faculty recipients from total of 48 awards since 1974).

Martin was an invited speaker at the second international Cake Symposium held in Boston, MA on August 25-26.  At this industrial workshop, Martin presented a tutorial on "The dynamics of aerated systems: what are the implications for cake quality?" on behalf of co-authors John Page and Anatoliy Strybulevych of the Department of Physics and Astronomy and Daiva Daugelaite, Filiz Koksel and Jeremy Spencer of the Department of Food Science.

Michele Rogalsky, School of Agriculture, participated in the University of Manitoba’s Indigenous Achievement Strategic Planning Session last week.  Agriculture Diploma alumnus E. J. Fontaine facilitated the two-day session.  Over 40 academic and support staff participated. 

Milene O.P. Bicudo, Ph.D. student from Federal University of Parana, Curitiba, Brazil who was co-supervised by Trust Beta, Food Science, and spent six months at the University of Manitoba completing part of her thesis work in 2012, has now graduated. Her doctorate thesis in Food Engineering is entitled "Phenolic composition, antioxidant activity and microencapsulation of juçara fruits (Euterpe edulis M.): interesting issues for the food industry".

At the 17th IUFoST World Congress of Food Science and Technology and EXPO recently held in Montreal, the following members from Trust’s research group participated at the conference. Zhijie Chen presented on "Regulation mechanism of phenolics accumulation and GABA in germinated canary seed under UV light and NaCl stress"; Lovemore Malunga presented on DPPH scavenging assay for water extractable arabinoxylans”; Lilei Yu presented on ‘Identification and antioxidant properties of digested phenolic compounds in bread made from colored wheat varieties using in-vitro human gastrointestinal tract model”; Kabo Masisi presented on “Oxidative balance and colon cancer: Activity of phytochemicals (carotenoid, betaine and choline) of aleurone, germ, and endosperm fractions of barley, corn and wheat”; and Trust Beta presented on "Proximate composition and carotenoid content of maize and finger millet cereal crops grown in central and northern Malawi - baseline information".

The Department of Food Science welcomes Dr. Taeyoung Hwang, assistant professor at Jungwon University, Department of Food Science and Industry, Goesangun, Chungbuk, Republic of Korea. Dr. Hwang is a visiting researcher beginning August 2014 for one year working under Trust Beta’s research programme on functional foods.

On August 26, 2014, Dr. Maboko Samuel Mphosi, Director, Agri-Food Technology, University of Limpopo, South Africa, visited the University of Manitoba and held discussions with Trust Beta, Arnold Hydamaka, Michael Trevan, Food Science,  and Rhonda Friesen, Office of International Relations, on possible areas of collaborations between the two institutions.

Two French students working at the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals are involved in research into sous vide cooking. Read more about their work and their experience in Canada at

Mohammad Abdullah, Ph.D. student in Human Nutritional Sciences, is the recipient of the 2013-2014 Bruce McDonald Award in Clinical Nutrition. The award is given to a full-time graduate student who is supervised by a member of the Department of Human Nutritional Sciences and has a research project focused on nutrition and human disease involving human research. Mohammad is supervised by Peter Jones, Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals. Learn more at


Satchithanantham, S., Sri Ranjan R. and Bullock, P.R. 2014. Protecting water quality using controlled drainage as an agricultural BMP for potato production. Transactions of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers 57(3): 815‐826.

Caroline Halde, Robert Gulden and Martin H. Entz.  2014.  Selecting Cover Crop Mulches for Organic Rotational No-Till Systems in Manitoba, Canada.  Agron J.  Vol. 106 No. 4, p. 1193-1204.

Caroline Halde and Martin H. Entz. 2014.  Flax (Linum usitatissimum L.) production system performance under organic rotational no-till and two organic tilled systems in a cool subhumid continental climate.  Soil and Tillage Research 143 (2014) 145–154.

Iris Vaisman, Martin H. Entz, Keith C. Bamford, and Ian Cushon.  2014.  Green manure species respond differently to blade rolling. Can J Plant Science: in press (published on line June, 2014)


Martin Entz, Plant Science, was quoted in the article "Using ecological systems" in Grainews (September 2) about the benefits of diverse rotations. Read it on page 9 at

Trevor Fraser and Don Flaten, Soil Science, were quoted in the article "Solid manure nitrogen efficiency below expectations: study" in the Western Producer (August 28). Solid manure application, they say, is a long term strategy not a quick fix. Read it on page 28 at

Emma McGeough, Animal Science, was named in the Newsmaker section of Cattlemen (August 25) for being selected for a new mentorship program developed by the Beef Cattle Research Council.

Rob Currie, Entomology, was again featured on the UM YouTube channel, this time on dealing with wasps. Watch both videos at


Agriculture Building Fall and Winter Hours - Effective September 4, 2014 to April 30, 2015, the Agriculture Building hours will be: open Monday-Friday 7:30 am - 10:00 pm; Saturday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm; Sunday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm; Holidays – closed. 

The 9th Annual Undergraduate Student Research Poster Competition will take place October 30. It’s a great opportunity for members of the university community and the general public to see the relevance, value, and outstanding caliber of research being conducted by young researchers at the University of Manitoba. Please encourage students to participate in this event.  Students may wish to present the results of an undergraduate honours thesis completed in the previous academic year; present the results of a summer 2014 research project; or present an original research/scholarly/creative works project that was completed in an undergraduate course. See for further details. The deadline to register is Friday, October 17.  If you would be willing to assist by serving as, or recommending, a judge for the competition, please contact or call 474-6689.

What are you doing after work on Fridays this winter? Come curl with us in Aggie Row Curling, a friendly and long-running league with folks from the Faculty and from Agriculture Canada. We play Friday afternoons at 4:30 at the Pembina Curling Club - close by and easy to get to. The season starts in October 10 and runs til March. No experience is necessary and all are welcome. Full time or half time curlers welcome. For more information contact Paula Parks at

The 2014 Manitoba Excellence in Sustainability Awards recognize and honour people, projects and ideas that successfully turn the principles and guidelines of sustainable development into lasting achievements. Any individual, business, institution, organization, community group and youth in Manitoba is eligible to apply or be nominated in a variety of categories. Nominate someone you know or apply yourself! For application/nomination instructions and forms, please visit: The deadline for submitting an application or nomination is 12:00 noon, Friday, September 26, 2014.              

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