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the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences newsletter

October 30, 2014


The 2014 Undergraduate Student Research Poster Competition will take place Thursday, October 30 from 1:00 – 4:30 pm in the Manitoba Rooms 210 – 224, University Centre. This is a great opportunity for members of the university community and the general public to see the relevance, value, and outstanding calibre of research being conducted by young researchers at the University of Manitoba.  Posters will be judged by representatives from the university community, industry, government and community organizations. Prizes of $500, $300 and $200 will be awarded to the top three posters in each of the following five categories: applied sciences; health sciences; natural sciences; social sciences/humanities; and creative works.

An Advanced Plant Science Seminar will be held on Thursday, October 30 in Room 130 Agriculture Building at 3:30 pm.  Dr. Arvindkumar Hirani, Postdoctoral Fellow, Plant Science, will be presenting “Mapping and Transferring of Clubroot Resistance Genes from Brassica rapa into Canola”.  All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.

The School of Agriculture is holding a special seminar entitled "Farming's In-Law Factor...  the impact of in-laws on family farms" on Monday, November 3 at 5:30 pm in the Carolyn Siften Lecture Theatre, Room 130 Agriculture Building. Certified Farm Family Coach Elaine Froese and conflict resolution expert Dr. Megan McKenzie have a common sense approach to dealing with the people issues that keep farm folks awake at night. This seminar will provide practical tools for resolving conflict and growing a healthy farm family legacy. Following the seminar, Elaine will be selling and signing her “Farming’s In-Law Factor” books in the Atrium. Cost for the books is $30. 

Be sure to check out World Opportunities Week Events (WOW) next week on campus. WOW is organized by the International Centre for Students and this year they have a slate of great featured speakers, panel presentations and workshops that have international and intercultural themes. Of particular interest, on Wednesday, November 5 from 1:00 - 2:15 pm in 224 Education Building, Japhet Emmanuel with Farm Radio International will present "Tuning In To the Needs of Small-Scale Farmers in Tanzania", where he will talk about how radio broadcasters are meeting the needs of local small-scale farmers in developing countries. See the entire WOW program at

A Department of Animal Science Seminar will be held on Tuesday, November 4 in Room 219 Animal Science Building at 10:00 am.  Dorothy Moseti will be presenting the poster "25 hydroxycholesterol inhibits adipogenic differentiation of C3H10T1/2 cells through inhibition of PPARgamma expression". Allan Kotz will be making a scientific presentation, title TBA.

A Department of Entomology Seminar will be held on Tuesday, November 4 in Room 220 Animal Science/Entomology Building at 10:10 am.  Dr. Sebastian Schwarz, Department of Psychology, will present "How to find home in the scorching heat: the efficient use of multiple navigational strategies in desert ants". Refreshments served at 10:00 am.

An Advanced Plant Science Seminar will be held on Thursday, November 6 in Room 130 Agriculture Building at 3:30 pm.  Sarah Semmler, Graduate Student, Biological Sciences, will be presenting “Network Structure and Plant-insect Dynamics in Tall Grass Prairie”.  All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.

On Monday, November 10 at 9:30 am Miss Havva Filiz Koksel, Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Food Science will defend her Ph.D. thesis entitled “Use of Ultrasound and X-ray Microtomography to Determine Bubble Size Distributions in Dough” in Room 346 Ellis Building. Faculty, students, staff and general public are welcome to attend.

The University of Manitoba invites you to attend Open Doors, Open Knowledge 2014 on Wednesday, November 12 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm at Pinnacle Club, Investors Group Field. Research and technology play an integral role in helping businesses succeed. Come hear from business leaders and University of Manitoba researchers as they share their experiences and insights on working together to drive innovation, create jobs, enhance the economy and promote successful business in our province. Keynote speaker is Paul Soubry, President and CEO of New Flyer Industries. There will also be a panel discussion with U of M researchers and industry partners, include Peter Jones, Director of the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals, and Ronald Marquardt, President of All Natural Nutritional Products and Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba. Prior to the event, there is an open house and light lunch at the Richardson Centre from 11:30 am to 1 pm.  RSVP by November 5 to Learn more at

There will be a FAST online seminar on Wednesday, November 12, 2 pm CST/3 pm EST. The seminar entitled "Designing Clinical Research Studies of Food Products” will be presented by Dr. Susan Raatz, a Research Nutritionist with the USDA. This seminar is being presented as part of the FAST program, a joint initiative between Université Laval and the University of Manitoba. To register to attend, please complete the following form by November 6:

An Advanced Plant Science Seminar will be held on Thursday, November 13 in Room 130 Agriculture Building at 3:30 pm.  Dr. Usha Thiyam, Human Nutritional Sciences, will be presenting “Smokey Canola”.  All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.

A Department of Entomology Seminar will be held on Tuesday, November 18 in Room 220 Animal Science/Entomology Building at 10:10 am.  Cole Robson-Hyska, Department of Entomology, will present "Detection of pathogen spillover from managed honey bees (Apis mellifera) to native pollinators (Bombus spp.) through the quantification of RNA viruses". Refreshments served at 10:00 am.

The Agri Innovation Forum is once again coming to Winnipeg on November 18 and 19. This is the "Partnering Conference for the Agri-Bioeconomy." Complete program and registration details at

The next seminar in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Seminar Series will be held on Wednesday, November 19 in the Carolyn Sifton Lecture Theatre, 130 Agriculture Building.  Dr. Annette Desmarais, Canada Research Chair in Human Rights, Social Justice and Food Sovereignty, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts, will be presenting “Food Sovereignty: A Powerful New Vision for Agriculture and Food”.  Refreshments will be served at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

The 2014 CNC‐SCOR Western Lecture Tour will be held November 20, at 1:30 p.m., in the Dr. Klaus Hochheim Memorial Theatre, 5th Floor Wallace Building, University of Manitoba.  "Acceleration of oceanic denitrification during global warming" will be presented by Dr. Markus Kienast, Department of Oceanography, Dalhousie University, (marine) geologist and oceanographer, specialized in reading the biogeochemical record of past ocean and climate change preserved in the sedimentary record.

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

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN - The 2014 Manitoba Agronomists Conference will be held Wednesday, December 10 and Thursday, December 11 in Room 172 Agriculture Building and via webcast. The cost is $215.  Register by December 1 to take advantage of the early bird rate of $165.  Registration closes December 7.  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 Any inquiries can be directed to the 2014 MAC Coordinator, Rachel Sydor at or 204-474-8473.


Martin Scanlon, Food Science and acting associate dean (research), was recognized at last week's Fall Convocation with the Graduate Students' Association Teaching Award, given for excellence in graduate teaching. Read more about this honour at UM Today, where Martin is described as "an exemplary professor, advisor and mentor who has led numerous studies that impact us all."

Laurie Connor, Animal Science, was an invited speaker at the Ontario Association of Swine Veterinarians conference in Benmiller, ON,where she made two presentations “Assurance of Sow Well-being in Group Housing on October 17 and “Sure Footedness, Social Intelligence and Sow Reproductive Performance” on October 18.  While in Ontario, she also met with a collaborator on the SIP funded National Sow Housing Conversion Project and toured one of the farm sites participating in the project.

Dilantha Fernando, Plant Science, was invited to give the plenary talk at the International Congress on Biological Control of Plant Diseases organized by China Agricultural University and held in Beijing, China from Oct 17-20th. Dilantha's presentation was titled "The use of biocontrol agents on field crops, such as canola/rapeseed, a major crop in Canada and China". Dilantha also visited Zhejiang University, Department of Agronomy in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province and gave a presentation titled "Fighting back against plant pathogens: utilization of transcriptomics and genomics to understand host-pathogen interactions".

Trust Beta, Food Science, was organizer for a session on ‘Cereal Grains, Pulses, Seeds, and their Bioactives’ at the 7th International Conference & Exhibition on Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods (ISNFF 2014) held in Istanbul, Turkey, October 14-17. In the same session, she presented an oral paper co-authored with Ph.D. student, Victoria Ndolo, on "Carotenoids in cereal grains: Their role in human health and bioaccessibility using in-vitro digestion models”. Trust Beta, Susan Arntfield and Nancy Noren were also co-authors of a poster on “Proximate composition and carotenoid content of maize crops grown in central and northern Malawi – baseline information” presented by Mangani Katundu (Chancellor College, University of Malawi) at the same conference.

Rob Duncan, Plant Science, will be attending the Crop Science Society of America annual meeting in conjunction with the US Canola Association Research Conference in Long Beach, CA along with five of his students from Plant Science: Chad Koscielny, Valeria Lobos-Sujo, Corey Lees, Alex Cattini and Danica Swaenepoel. Chad Koscielny will be presenting a poster entitled "Genetic Variation of Thermotolerance during Reproduction in Spring Canola (Brassica napus L.)". Corey Lees will be presenting a poster entitled "Heterotic gene pool development in Brassica napus”. Valeria Lobos-Sujo will be presenting a poster entitled "Comparison of the fertility restorer (Rfo) in Brassica napus”. Alex Catini will be presenting a poster entitled "Using genotyping-by-sequencing to develop heterotic gene pools in Brassica napus”. Rob Duncan will be giving a talk based on research conducted by Nasir Javed entitled "Identification of Quantitative Trait Loci Influencing Seed Oil Content, Fatty Acid Profile and Flowering Time in Brassica napus".

Hein Min Tun, postdoctoral fellow in Animal Science, has recently been elected as Vice-Chair External of the Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars (CAPS). With the travel support by NSERC, Hein attended the 2014 conference of Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Administrators (CAPA) and 5th Annual General Meeting of CAPS held October 26-27 in St. John’s, NL to discuss the welfare policies and professional development issues of postdoctoral scholars with postdoctoral administrators/deans/postdocs across Canada.

On behalf of the Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre, Thea Green and Siobhan Maas presented to a classroom full of teachers at the annual SAGE teachers’ conference on October 24. Focused on linking the food we eat with the farms it came from, the teachers were amazed to learn about modern production practices of eggs, wheat and milk in Manitoba. Teachers commented about how much they enjoyed the engaging presentation and how much they learned about their own food. The presenters were thrilled with the reception of the material and the teachers’ interest, as many planned to share what they had learned with their students in the next week.

The Faculty took part in this week's Evening of Excellence recruitment event held on campus Tuesday night. Organizers said this was the biggest event ever with nearly 1000 students and their parents in attendance. A big thanks to acting associate dean (research) Martin Scanlon, HNS academic advisor Taylor Friesen and student ambassadors Nate Ort,  Kat Oksanen and Jenn McKay.  Thank you to the dairy for making the wonderful ice cream that we gave away at our booth! It helps to make us the most popular stop of the night!


Olatuyi, S.O., D. Kumaragamage, O.O. Akinremi and L. Grieger. 2014. Heavy‐Metal Fractions in Solid and Liquid Separates of Swine Slurry Separated using Different Technologies. J. Env. Qual. 43:1779–1789

Jayson Galbraith, Argenis Rodas-González, Óscar López-Campos, Manuel Juárez, and Jennifer Aalhus. Bison meat: Characteristics, challenges, and opportunities. Animal Frontiers 4(4)68-73. doi:10.2527/af.2014-0036.

Malunga, L.N., and Beta, T. 2015. Antioxidant capacity of arabinoxylan oligosaccharide fractions prepared from wheat aleurone using Trichoderma viride or Neocallimastix patriciarum xylanase. Food Chemistry 167:311-319


Brian Oleson, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, is interviewed in an upcoming article in the November issue of the United States  magazine Successful Farming.  The article is " War Zones: can Conflict Co-Exist with Agriculture".  It covers a Farm Foundation forum, at the Washington DC Press Club, in which Brian was a panelist.

Ryan Cardwell, Agribusiness and AGricultural Economics, was quoted in the Manitoba Co-operator (October 23) article "Economist says Canadian consumers are ‘milked and feathered’". At the October Faculty seminar, Ryan presented the findings that he and colleague Chad Lawley and Di Xiang, Ph.D. student in Department of Economics, have published in the study "Milked and Feathered: The Regressive Welfare Effects of Canada’s Supply Management Regime" that will appear in the journal Canadian Public Policy. Read the article on page 35 at

Emma McGeough, Animal Science, was highlighted in the Newsmakers section of Canadian Cattlemen (October 2014) for her involvement in the Beef Cattle Research Council industry mentorship program.  Emma has been paired with Janice Bruynooghe and Sandy Russell of Spring Creek Land and Cattle Consulting. Read it on page 6 at


Volunteers Needed!  The Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre is a hands-on interpretive facility with exciting, interactive exhibits that explore the way food is produced including modern farming, science and technology that provide healthy, sustainable food for Manitoba, Canada and the world. It is located at the University of Manitoba’s Glenlea Research Station, off Highway 75. The Centre is looking for Ag volunteers who can assist with events for the general public and very active programing for schools and youth and who are looking to get involved with explaining agriculture to the urban and youth audience. Here is a great chance to get involved with representing Agriculture! Please call Guy Robbins, Manager, at 204-883-2524 or email

Certificate of Merit Call for Nominations - The Certificate of Merit is presented by the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences and the School of Agriculture in recognition of leadership with agricultural organizations and outstanding service to the community at large. Each year two Certificates of Merit are presented, normally, one to a graduate of the Agriculture Diploma program, and one to a graduate of the Agriculture Degree program. Nominations are considered by the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Executive Committee and must be received no later than December 15, 2014. Nominations should include a letter from the nominator describing the nominee’s leadership contributions and service to the community.  Letters of support may also be included. More information including a list of previous recipients can be found at

Flu shots are now available at University Health Service - The flu shot is free and available to U of M students, faculty and staff. Please call 204-474-8411 to book your appointment. Dates available are: October 22 & 30, November 5, 6, 20, 27 & 28, December 4 & 11.

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