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September 18, 2014


The 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

A Department of Animal Science Special Seminar will be held on Tuesday, September 23, in Room 219 Animal Science Building at 10:00 am.  Clayton Robbins, Nuffield Scholar and Executive Director of Manitoba 4-H Council, will be presenting "Energy-dense Forages:  The Canadian Opportunity".

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 NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering Prairies Region is holding a Meet, Greet and Mentoring event for women pursuing a career in Science, Engineering, Agriculture, or Environment on Thursday, September 25, 6 pm - 9 pm, at The Hub Pub, 2nd floor of University Centre. Good food and drinks! Please RSVP to the CWSE Program Coordinator

Lilei Yu, graduate student in Food Science, will defend her M.Sc. thesis "Identification and Antioxidant Properties of Phenolic Compounds during Production of Bread from Purple Wheat Grains and Investigation of Bread Extracts after Simulated Gastrointestinal Digestion" on Friday, September 26, at 2:00 pm in 346 Ellis Building.

The Bombers take on the Hamilton Tigercats on Saturday, September 27.  The Event Day Parking Plan goes into effect at 4:00 pm, 90 minutes before kick-off. Complete details about alternate parking locations and other event dates are listed at

Yao Wu, graduate student in Food Science, will be defending her M.Sc. thesis “Factors Influencing the Farinograph Absorption of Canada Western Red Winter Wheat Genotypes” on Monday, September 29, at 2:30 pm in 245 Ellis Building.

A Department of Animal Science Seminar will be held on Tuesday, Sepetember 30, in Room 219 Animal Science Building at 10:00 am.  Dorothy Moseti, M.Sc. student, will be presenting "25 hydroxycholesterol inhibits adipogenic differentiation of C3H10T1/2 cells through inhibition of PPARgamma expression" to be followed by Bishwo Pokharel, M.Sc. student, presenting "Effect of reduced available Phosphorus in growth performance, P utilization, skeletal integrity and phosphate transporters gene expression in growing pigs". 

The Faculty of Agriculture Students Organization (FASO) is hosting a Meet the Faculty BBQ on Tuesday, September 30, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Location is in the courtyard outside of the Atrium in the Agriculture Building. We hope to have a great turn out by faculty, instructors and students.  All are welcome!

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

An Advanced Plant Science Seminar will be held on Thursday, October 2 in Room 130 Agriculture Building at 3:30 pm.  Sanjay Saikia, Postdoctoral Fellow, Plant Science, will be presenting “Iron Acquisition and Virulence in the Human Fungal Pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans”.  All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.

A Department of Entomology Seminar will be held on Tuesday, October 7 in Room 220 Animal Science/Entomology Building at 10:10 am.  Mario Tenuta, Soil Science, will present "Why everyone should care about nematodes”. Refreshments served at 10:00 am.

The Agri Innovation Forum is once again coming to Winnipeg on November 18 and 19, 2014. 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 Transport Institute's 19th annual Fields on Wheels conference entitled "Wheat, Chaff and Steel: Grain Transportation in the 21st Century" is scheduled for December 3 at the Delta Winnipeg Hotel. Registration is now open and the agenda is available at


Michael Trevan, Food Science, was elected Chair of the Board of Safe Food Canada - The Learning Partnership at its inaugural board meeting September 11 at Olds College. Safe Food Canada is a not for profit organization established through a collaboration between academia, government and industry. Its mission is to validate and coordinate food safety education and training across Canada at all levels, to ensure safe food for Canadians and consumers of Canadian foods.

Ehsan Khafipour and Hein Min Tun, Animal Science, received funding from Manitoba Livestock Manure Management Initiative for the project “Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) spread and survivability: lagoon testing” for $100,000 over a nine-month period starting September 2014. Swine producers are keenly interested in the results of this on-farm research, since very little is known about the survivability and infectivity of this virus.

Dilantha Fernando, Plant Science, was invited to organize and co-chair the Blackleg workshop at the 11th European Foundation for Plant Pathology Conference held in Krakow, Poland from Sept 8-13th. Dilantha also gave a talk at the workshop titled, "Fighting back against blackleg: combating Leptosphaeria maculan's new races adopting rapidly to Canadian canola". He also presented a poster with his Ph.D. student Xuehua Zhang titled "Transcriptomic analysis of the defense mechanisms in Brassica napus against the fungal pathogen Leptosphaeria maculans”.  Dilantha was also invited to co-chair the Plant Disease Resistance session at the 11th EFPP conference.

Carla D'Andreamatteo, Human Nutritional Sciences, will be attending the Food Secure Canada National Assembly to conduct a PechaKucha presentation for her Masters research, "Exploring the Nutritional Vulnerability of Homeless Men in a Canadian Urban Setting". For more information about attending the Assembly, please visit

Yougui Chen, Human Nutritional Sciences M.Sc. student, received the 2014 AOCS-Lipid Oxidation & Quality Best Poster award.  His poster "Value added Potential Expeller-Pressed Canola Oil Refining: Evaluation of Loss, Recovery and Characterization of Sinapic Acid Derivatives and Tocopherols from By-Products" was awarded at this year’s AOCS Annual Meeting. His paper is now accepted by the Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry. He is featured in the LOQ newsletter as a volunteer student representative. Yougui Chen is supervised by Usha Thiyam-Hollander.

Lin Yuan graduated from Human Nutritional Sciences in early 2014 (supervisor Usha Thiyam-Hollander) and is now the newsletter editor for CIFST-MB section. HNS graduate students can contact Lin and take a lead role in CIFST-MB.

The University of Manitoba has launched a new promotional initiative through the Community Engagement division entitled "Community Stories".  Visit to read about University initiatives happening locally, nationally and around the world. An interactive map allows you to find projects involving University of Manitoba faculty and students, including a couple of Faculty ones.  Annemieke Farenhorst and Wole Akinremi, Soil Science, were highlighted for their projects in Central America and Africa respectively.

Peter Jones, director of the Richardson Centre, has been appointed as a member of the Advisory Board of the CIHR Institute for Nutrition, Diabetes and Metabolism

The Richardson Centre for Functional Foods had participants from the Cigi Moroccan Program visit last week - check out picture of their visit at

Ramprasath Vanu Ramkumar, adjunct professor in Human Nutritional Sciences, is the editor-In-chief of a new scientific journal, Discover Phytomedicine, that just launched at the beginning of September

Carien J. Schoeman, M.Sc. student from the University of Pretoria, South Africa who was co-supervised by Trust Beta, Food Science, and spent 6 months at the University of Manitoba completing part of her thesis work in 2010, recently graduated. Her thesis is entitled "Phenolic composition and antioxidant properties of aqueous extracts from wheat and sorghum flours and cookies."


Zhao, R., Le, K., Li, W., Ren, S., Moghadasian, M.H., Beta, T., and Shen, G. 2014. Effects of Saskatoon berry powder on monocyte adhesion to vascular wall of leptin receptor-deficient diabetic mice. Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry 25:851-857.

Islas-Rubio, A.R,  Calderón de la Barca A.M., Cabrera-Chávez, F., Guadalupe Cota-Gastélum, A., and Beta, T. 2014. Effect of semolina replacement with a raw:popped amaranth flour blend on cooking quality and texture of pasta. LWT - Food Science and Technology 57 (1): 217–222.

Gagnon, P.; Sheedy, C.; Farenhorst, A.; McQueen, R.; Cessna, A.; Newlands, N., 2014. A coupled stochastic/deterministic model to estimate the evolution of the risk of water contamination by pesticides across Canada. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 10(3):429‐436.


Anita Brûlé-Babel, Plant Science, was interviewed by Farmscape (September) on "Strategies Recommended for Reducing Risk of Fusarium Head Blight in Winter Wheat".  Read it or listen to the interview online at

Rob Gulden, Plant Science, was interviewed in the article "Cut canola later, and combine it slower" in Country Guide (September 9). Read it on page 54 at

Alejandro Costamanga, Entomology, was interviewed for the article "More value from shelterbelts" in Country Guide (September 9).  Read it on page 58 at

Derek Brewin, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, was interviewed Jake MacDonald for Globe and Mail’s business magazine on the impact of the demise of the CWB.


Please note that the Faculty's awards database has recently been revised and all available awards now have updated deadlines and application forms available. Check out the database and external awards online at Also be aware that the general bursary application is October 1, 2014.

RCFFN is looking for study volunteers - The Dairy Study is a nutrition study to investigate the effects of dairy products on cardiovascular health -  The COMIT Study is examining how dietary oils can improve your health while potentially reducing android (belly) fat - Volunteers will be compensated for their participation.

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.

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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