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November 27, 2014


A Human Nutritional Sciences Graduate Seminar entitled "Structural and Functional Characterization of Ferritin (iron-binding proteins) Isolated from Manitoba Legume Seeds" will be presented by Folashade Gesinde, Human Nutritional Sciences, on Tuesday, December 2 at 3:00 pm in Engineering EITC E2-150.

Some important dates to note:  December 3 is the last day of classes, with the Winter exam period running from December 8 to 19.  The University will be closed from December 24, 2014 to January 4, 2015.

The Transport Institute's 19th annual Fields on Wheels conference entitled "Wheat, Chaff and Steel: Grain Transportation in the 21st Century" is scheduled for Wednesday, December 3 at the Delta Winnipeg Hotel. Registration and the agenda are available at

The fourth seminar in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Seminar Series will be held on Wednesday, December 3 at 3:30 pm in the Carolyn Sifton Lecture Theatre, 130 Agriculture Building. Qiang Zhang, Biosystems Engineering, will present “The Role of Engineering in Dealing with Airborne Transmission of Animal Diseases”.  Refreshments will be served at 3:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

You are invited to Christmas Carols at the Admin hosted by the Office of the President on Thursday, December 4, 12 noon to 1 pm in the Administration Building. Everyone welcome!

A Soil Science M.Sc. thesis defense will be held on Friday, December 5, 1:00 p.m., Room 346 Ellis Bldg.  Cenwei Liu will present “Spatial and Temporal Variations in Size and Shape of Sediment Particles in the Tobacco Creek Watershed”.

The Office of Research Services is hosting a presentation by the Marketing Communications Office entitled "Using Video to Tell Your (Research) Story" on Monday, December 8, 1 pm - 2:30 pm in Rm 207 Human Ecology Building. Presenter Janice Labossiere, Web and New Media Coordinator, will guide you through the video process, from setting initial objectives to sharing your story with your audience. Learn about creating strong video narratives, how to approach script writing and best practices in shooting, audio, editing and distribution, whether you are working on your own or with an outside supplier. RSVP to by December 4.

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. Any inquiries can be directed to the 2014 MAC Coordinator Rachel Sydor at or 204-474-8473.

A number of Faculty members will participate in the U of M research presentation program at the Prairie Livestock Expo (formerly Hog and Poultry Days) on Wednesday, December 10 at the Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre, 1808 Wellington Ave, Winnipeg.  Presentations include Qiang Zhang "Electrostatic particle ionization for reducing airborne PRRS virus"; Ehsan Khafipour, Hein Min Tun, Jacqueline Donogh "PEDV survivability and infectivity in Manitoba lagoons – a pilot study"; Kees Plaizier "Phosphorus management on Manitoba dairy farms"; Kim Ominski "The cost of extreme weather to your beef breeding herd"; Trevor Fraser "Nitrogen and phosphorus in solid and liquid manures: The tortoise versus the hare"; and Anna Rogiewicz and Bogdan Slominski "High inclusion levels of canola meal in poultry diets". For times and other Expo details, visit

A Soil Science M.Sc. thesis defense will be held on Wednesday, December 17, 11:30 a.m., Room 346 Ellis Bld. Kokulan Vivekananthan will present “Spatial Structure of Soil Texture and Its Influence on Spatial Variability of Nitrate Leaching”.

Everyone is welcome to attend the Dean's Office Annual Holiday Celebration on Thursday, December 18 in Room 252 Agriculture Building from 2:00 - 4:30 pm.

The Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals is hosting their annual holiday reception on Friday, December 19. Stop by the Centre from 2:30-5:00 to celebrate a wonderful year of partnership and collaboration. Please RSVP to by December 10.


Rotimi Aluko, Human Nutritional Sciences, was recently appointed Associate Editor for Journal of Functional Foods.

Dr. Abraham Girgih, a former Ph.D. student of Rotimi Aluko, Human Nutritional Sciences, was presented with the University of Manitoba Distinguished Ph.D. dissertation award at the Faculty of Graduate Studies Awards ceremony held November 24. Rotimi received the award on behalf of Dr. Girgih.

Dr. Tayo Fagbemi (Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria) and Dr. Makoto Akao (Nihon University, Kanagawa, Japan) are spending their sabbatical research leaves in Rotimi Aluko’s lab to develop additional research skills relating to structure and function analysis of food proteins and bioactive peptides.

Kristine Blair, M.Sc. student with Kim Ominski, who had earlier this year been named to the Cattlemen's Young Leaders (CYL) Program, has been awarded a trip to the National Western Stock Show in Denver, CO, January 15-19, 2015 where she will have the opportunity to work with the Canadian Consulate, participate in a roundtable with young producers from the US, hear from speakers at the conference, participate in "Canada Day" at the stock show and have a tour of the NCBA office. Kristine has also been recently profiled in the Canadian Cattlemen's magazine because of her involvement with the CYL program, which is a national youth initiative of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association.

Doug Cattani and Sean Asselin, Plant Science, were invited to participate in a meeting in Estes Park, CO, October 27-31, called “New Roots for Ecological Intensification” sponsored by The Land Institute. The meeting was attended by researchers and policy personnel from around the world. Researchers from 6 continents were present to report on and discuss Perennial Grain Development for sustainable agricultural production. FAO, policy makers as well as researchers working on USAID projects were represented.

Doug Cattani gave a presentation entitled “Breeding Intermediate Wheatgrass (Thinopyrum intermedium) for Grain Production” and Sean Asselin and Doug Cattani gave a presentation on “Breeding Helianthus maximiliani for oilseed production.”

Doug Cattani and Gabe Linski, Plant Science MSc. student, attended the ASA-CSSA-SSSA meetings in Long Beach, California from November 2-6. Gabe presented an oral presentation their work entitled “Reducing Establishment Difficulties Via Selection for Seedling Vigour in Intermediate Wheatgrass (Thinopyrum intermedium) via Seed Size and Density.” A poster by S.R. Asselin, D.J. Cattani and A.L. Brûlé-Babel entitled “Adaptive Flowering Time Variation in Perennial Helianthus of the Northern Prairies” was presented by Doug.

Xavier Louis, Human Nutritional Sciences postdoctoral fellow with Miyoung Suh, has received the Manitoba Health Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship for two years on the study “Reduce fetal alcohol spectrum disorder through improved nutrition: Can omega-3 docosahexaenoic acid be a nutrition strategy?”.  Xavier is working on the animal study in conjunction with Miyoung's human study investigating the effects of prenatal nutrition on FASD.

Dan Wuerch, Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals, participated in the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Regional Show in Chicago, IL. The Manitoba Agri-Health Research Network sponsored the IFT event and the outreach to search for collaborative projects with partners such as the University of Illinois, Urbana Campus and the Institute for Food Safety and Health in Chicago. Chris Bigall, Trade Commissioner, Canadian Consulate General, organized the four day outreach that also included Robin Young from the Food Development Centre.

Peter Jones, Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals, participated in the Open Doors, Open Knowledge forum held at Investors Group Field on November 12. Peter took part in the researcher and business panel discussing successful partnerships between the two. Before the panel, guests attended the Richardson Centre for a light lunch and tour of the facility. Guest also mingled with the companies researching and developing their products at the Richardson Centre.

Peter Jones took part in the Office of Research Services second annual session on November 6 aimed at supporting researchers as they apply for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Operating Grant and propose to undertake a randomized controlled trial or clinical trial. The presentations and discussion provide information and guidance on what makes a strong study and application and feature experienced clinical scientists and members of CIHR peer review committees.

The Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals hosted attendees on November 19 from across North America in Winnipeg for the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance Convention. Delegates visited the Richardson Centre as part of a tour around Winnipeg’s innovative centres. Both Miyoung Suh and Dylan MacKay participated in CHTA, speaking to delegates about research and the potential of human nutritional trials on hemp.

Crystal Jorgenson, Dean’s Office, was named as CAMA Manitoba’s Honour Roll recipient at the 2014 Canadian Agri-Marketing Association national awards gala on November 13.


Matthäus, M., Pudel, F., Chen, Y, Achary, A. A. & Thiyam-Hollander, U. (2014). “Impact of Canolol Enriched Extract from Heat-Treated Canola Meal to Enhance Oil Quality Parameters in Deep-Frying: A Comparison with Rosemary Extract and TBHQ-Fortified Oil Systems”. Journal of American Oil Chemists’ Society. 91 (12). 2065-2076. [Funding source: Collaboration through NSERC Engage 2, 2010 Canola Workshop].

Rose, K.P., Farenhorst, A., Claeys, A and Ascef, B. 2014. 17 beta‐estradiol and 17 alpha‐ethinylestradiol mineralization in sewage sludge and biosolids. J. Environ. Sci. Health Part B‐Pesticides, Food Contaminants and Agricultural Wastes 49(11):871‐879.

Brewin, D.G. (2014). Limitations on the market power generated by the single desk of the Canadian Wheat Board. Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics. Vol. 62(4), pg. 491-517.

J. L Aalhus, Oscar Lopez-Campos, Nuria Prieto, Argenis R. Rodas-González, M. E.R. Dugan, Bethany Uttaro, M. Juarez. 2014. Canadian Beef Grading – Opportunities to identify carcass and meat quality traits valued by consumers. Canadian Journal of Animal Science, 94(4): 545-556.

Aluko RE. 2015. ‘Amino acids, peptides and proteins as antioxidants for food preservation’. In F. Shahidi (ed.), Handbook of antioxidants for food preservation 1st edition. Woodhead Publishing: Cambridge, In press.

Aluko RE. 2015. Antihypertensive peptides from food proteins. Annu. Rev. Food Sci. Technol. In press. 

Girgih AT, He R, Hasan FM, Udenigwe CC, Gill TA, Aluko RE. 2015. Evaluation of the in vitro antioxidant properties of a Cod (Gadus morhua) protein hydrolysate and peptide fractions. Food Chem. 173, 652-659.

Malomo SA, Aluko RE. 2015. A comparative study of the structural and functional properties of isolated hemp seed (Cannabis sativa L.) albumin and globulin fractions. Food Hydrocolloids 43, 743-752.

Girgih AT, Alashi AM, He R, Malomo SA, Raj P, Netticadan T, Aluko RE. 2014.  A novel hemp seed meal protein hydrolysate reduces oxidative stress factors in spontaneously hypertensive rats. Nutrients. In press.

Nwachukwu ID, Girgih AT, Malomo SA, Onuh J, Aluko RE. 2014. Thermoase-derived flaxseed protein hydrolysates and membrane ultrafiltration peptide fractions have systolic blood pressure-lowering effects in spontaneously hypertensive rats. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 15, 18131-18147.

Fitzgerald C, Aluko RE, Hossain M, Rai DK, Hayes M. 2014. The potential of a renin inhibitory peptide from the red seaweed Palmaria palmata as functional food ingredient following confirmation and characterization of a hypotensive effect in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs). J. Agric. Food Chem. 62, 8352-8356.

Aluko RE, Wu J, Aukema HM. 2014. Yellow field pea seed protein-derived peptides. United States Patent No. 8,815,806.


Rick Holley, Food Science, was interviewed on CBC Information Radio this morning about packaging dates of meat and poultry, in response to a Radio Canada hidden-camera investigation which revealed stores breaking rules to extend shelf life of meats.

Joyce Slater, Human Nutritional Sciences, and the work her team is doing on Community Tables was highlighted in the latest Community Stories on UM Today. The Community Tables program is a training program which equips community organizations in Winnipeg’s North End with the knowledge and practical tools to run healthy snack or meal programs. Read more at

Kelly Beaulieu, Food Science alumna, was featured on UM Today for the award-winning innovation through her company Canadian Prairie Garden Purees.  Read more at


Ann-Kristin Potthast, visiting student from Germany, is doing a comparative German/Canadian research project on consumer opinions with respect to breakfast cereal. She would greatly appreciate your participation in her survey, which can be found at the following link:

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

The latest Faculty seminar by Dr. Annette Desmarais is now available online at  Please note the file is large and may take a few moments to load.

AG e-news > November 27, 2014