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October 1, 2014


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.

A Department of Animal Science Seminar will be held on Tuesday, October 7 in Room 219 Animal Science Building at 10:00 am.  Mahshid Radfar, Ph.D. student with Bogdon Slominski, will be presenting "Chemical composition and nutritive value of Brassica napus and Brassica juncea canola meals for broiler chickens and the effect of enzyme supplementation".

An Advanced Plant Science Seminar will be held on Thursday, October 9 in Room 130 Agriculture Building at 3:30 pm.  Jun Liu, Ph.D. Student, Plant Science, will be presenting “QTL Mapping of Glucosinolates and Resistance to Sclerotinia Stem Rot in Canola”.  All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.

The next seminar in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Seminar Series will be held on Wednesday, October 15 in the Carolyn Sifton Lecture Theatre, 130 Agriculture Building.  Ryan Cardwell, Department of Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics,  will be presenting "Milked and Feathered: The Regressive Welfare Effects of Canada’s Supply Management Regime".  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 Tuesday, October 21 in Room 220 Animal Science/Entomology Building at 10:10 am.  Graham Parsons, Entomology, will present "Population dynamics, parasites and pesticides: their effects on wintering honey bees”. Refreshments served at 10:00 am.

Needing some fun ideas on how to carve your jack 'o lantern this year? Dress up in your Halloween costume and join us at the Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre on Saturday, October 25 for the Pumpkin Party from 10:30 am to 3 pm. Pumpkin carving for the kids and a pumpkin pie workshop for parents. Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. Activities are complimentary with admission. For directions, visit

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.  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


The 33rd annual Aggie Bedpush will run this weekend beginning Friday, October 3, this year in a variety of communities across Manitoba. A large team of students will push the familiar burgundy bed on wheels through Carman, Holland, Glenboro, Carberry, Brandon, Minnedosa, Neepawa, Gladstone and Portage – the hometowns of many of the students. The charity supported this year is Heart and Stroke Foundation Manitoba. Those wishing to donate for the Aggie Bedpush can make cheques payable to the “Faculty of Agriculture Students' Organization" and tax receipts will be issued to donations over $20. FASO will be accepting donations until November 22, 2014 and can be sent by mail to: FASO, 160-66 Dafoe Road, Winnipeg, MB  R3T 2N2.  Watch for the bedpushers on campus on Monday, October 6, around noon as they finish with a run to the Administration Building. Read the full itinerary here

Christina Lengyel, Human Nutritional Sciences, is a co-principal investigator and the Manitoba lead on a diverse, interprofessional and inter-provincial research team [Keller H (PI – University of Waterloo), Steele C, Duizer L, Slaughter S, and Carrier N] across Canada who have recently been funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for a total of $978,930 for two years to investigate the key factors that affect food and fluid intake in long-term care.  Malnutrition is common among older adults living in long term care homes. Making the Most of Mealtimes (M3) is a program of research that proposes the key modifiable determinants of food and fluid intake fall into three categories: Meal Quality (nutritious, appealing food); Mealtime Experience (eating environment); and Meal Access (dentition, dysphagia, eating ability). Determining which of these factors are most important is the purpose of M3. By finding the most influential factors, they can be targeted in future interventions to improve food intake and ultimately quality of life for residents.

Christina Lengyel, Human Nutritional Sciences, and her research team consisting of agri-food representatives and registered dietitians Alphonsus Utioh and Roberta Irvine, Food Development Centre, and Catherine Marshall, have received a grant from the Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research for $30,000 to examine body image perceptions, weight attitudes, and eating behaviors of baby boomer women residing in Manitoban rural and urban communities; examine how these factors influence food choices and preference for local, organic and functional food products; and prepare and conduct workshops to educate registered dietitians about issues related to body image, food choices and counselling strategies for baby boomer women.

Martin Scanlon, Christine Rawluk, Mario Tenuta, Siobhan Maas and Thea Green spoke to 50 high school students from Japan, Australia and Manitoba at the Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre on October 1. They were participants at the annual BioInnovation Week, with this year’s theme being "Opportunities and Challenges in Attaining Food Security”.  The presentations all focused on food security emphasizing the integration of soil, land, water, plants, animals.  Thank you to NCLE and the FFDC for being such terrific hosts!

Ryan Cardwell and Chad Lawley, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, and Di Xiang, Ph.D. student in Department of Economics, will have a paper based on their supply management research entitled "Milked and Feathered: The Regressive Welfare Effects of Canada’s Supply Management Regime" published in an upcoming issue of the journal Canadian Public Policy. Read the press release at

Ryan Cardwell, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, is attending the Northern Food Security: Discussion of Expert Panel Report on Northern Food Security today. Panellists include Barry E. Prentice, Asper School of Business, Fikret Berkes, Geography, and Ian Mauro, Geography.

Lilei Yu, Food Science, will spend four months at Zhejiang University with host supervisor, Jinsong Bao on a joint collaborative initiative funded as part of the Mitacs Globalink Research Award on "Association Mapping of Phytochemical Composition and Antioxidant Properties in Whole Grain Rice (Oryza Sativa L.)" awarded to home academic supervisor, Trust Beta.

Heather Geisbrecht  and Karlee Dyck, Both M.Sc. students in Human Nutritional Sciences, have won multiple awards for their research on how prenatal nutrition plays a role in the severity of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) among First Nations Women. Heather and Karlee are supervised by Dr. Miyoung Suh, Human Nutritional Sciences, and Dr. Rachel Eni, Family Social Sciences. Read a summary of their research and the awards on the Richardson Centre blog at

Timi Ojo, Ph.D. student in Soil Science, received the Carl Shaykewich Graduate Student Travel Award, valued at $275. It is given to a graduate student with good academic performance in the area of agrometeorology to help support presentation of their research at a conference. 


Munyaka P, Khafipour E, and Ghia JE. External influence of early childhood establishment of gut microbiota and subsequent health implications. Front. Pediatr. doi: 10.3389/fped.2014.00109.

Plazier, J.C., Getahun, G., Ominski, K.H. and Flaten, D. 2014. Whole‐farm budgets of phosphorus and potassium on dairy farms in Manitoba. Can. J. Anim. Sci. 94:119‐128.

Manns, H., Berg, A., Bullock, P.R. and McNairn, H. 2014. Soil physical controls on surface soil water content variability over agricultural fields. Hydrological Processes 28: 4340‐4351.

Ndolo, V.U., and Beta, T. 2014. Comparative studies on composition and distribution of phenolic acids in cereal grain botanical fractions. Cereal Chemistry 91(5):522–530

Al-Taweel, K., Fernando, W. G, D., and Brûlé-Babel, A. L. 2014 Transcriptome profiling of wheat differentially expressed genes exposed to different chemotypes of Fusarium graminearum. Theoretical and Applied Genetics DOI 10.1007/s00122-014-2333-8

Khattab, R., Eskin, M. & Thiyam-Hollander, U. (2014). “Production of Canolol from Canola Meal Phenolics via Hydrolysis and Microwave-Induced Decarboxylation”. Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society, 91, 89-97. [Funding source: NSERC CRD].

The following six were online first prior to being published in hard copy:

Chen, Y., Thiyam-Hollander, U. Barthet, V. & Aachary, A.A. (2014). “Value Added Potential of Expeller-Pressed Canola Oil Refining: Evaluation of Loss, Recovery and Characterization of Sinapic Acid Derivatives and Tocopherols from By-Products”. Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry DOI: 10.1021/jf502428z [Funding source: NSERC Engage 2].

Yuan, L., Scanlon, M.G, Eskin, N.A.M., Thiyam-Hollander, U., & Aachary, A.A. (2014). “Value Addition to Canola Meal and Mustard Bran: Effects of Pretreatments and Enzyme Hydrolysis on the Production of Oligosaccharides and Release of Phenolics”. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology. DOI 10.1007/s12010-014-1253-z. [Funding source: ARDI].

Thiyam-Hollander, U., Aladedunye, F., Logan, A., Yang, H & Diehl, B.W.K. (2014). “Identification and Quantification of Canolol, Sinapine and Sinapic Acid from Indian Mustard Oils and Canadian Mustard Products”. European Journal of Lipid Science & Technology (accepted 12/09/2014). [Funding source: NSERC CRD, Mustard biorefining, Start up and collaboration].

Aladedunye, F., Niehaus, K., Thiyam-Hollander, U., Fehling, E & Bertrand Matthäus (2014). “Enzymatic Lipophilization of Phenolic Extracts from Rowanberry (/Sorbus Aucuperia/) & Evaluation of Antioxidant Activity in Edible Oil”. LWT-Food Science and Technolog. DOI 10.1016/j.lwt.2014.08.008.

Mayengbam, S., Aachary, A.A., & Thiyam-Hollander, U. (2014). “Composition of Endogenous Phenolics in Hulls and Cotyledons of Mustard and Canola Based on HPLC-DAD and UPLC-MS Analysis”. Antioxidants (Molecules). DOI 10.3390/antiox3030544 Invited paper [Funding source: NSERC CRD].

Achary, A., Chen, Y., Eskin, N.A. M. & Thiyam-Hollander, U. (2014). “Crude Canolol and Canola Oil Deodistillate Extracts Improve the Stability of Refined Canola Oil during Deep-fat Frying”. European Journal of Lipid Science & Technology. DOI: 10.1002/ejlt.201300498 [Funding source: NSERC Engage 1].


John Heard, MAFRD and long-time partner with the Faculty, will be recognized this year with the International Certified Crop Advisor of the Year Award from the American Society of Agronomy at their annual meeting. His many accomplishments, including his involvement with the Crop Diagnostic School and Manitoba Agronomists' Conference, were highlighted by colleague Don Flaten, Soil Science, in the article "MAFRD’s John Heard wins major international award" in the Manitoba Co-operator (September 18). Read it on page 26 at

Ryan Cardwell, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, was quoted in the article "Canadians paying more for dairy, poultry" in the Winnipeg Free Press (September 30), which looks at recent research done on supply management in Canada. Read it online at


RCFFN is still 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.

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