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March 13, 2015


Soil Science Thesis Defense - Carolyn Baldwin will present "An assessment of wind erosion on highly sensitive soil landscapes in the Canadian prairies" on Monday, March 16 at 11 am in 246 Ellis Building.

The seventh seminar in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Seminar Series will be held on Wednesday, March 18 at 3:30 pm in the Carolyn Sifton Lecture Theatre, 130 Agriculture Building. Martin Nyachoti, Animal Science, will present “Recent developments in antibiotic-free feeding systems in swine production”.  Refreshments will be served at 3:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend

The University of Manitoba and the Association of Employees Supporting Education Services (AESES) are hosting International Women's Day with keynote speaker Dr. Janice Dodd, Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences and Faculty of Arts, University of Manitoba on Wednesday, March 18 at the Marshall McLuhan Hall. She will speak on "The Gender Dimension". Cocktails (cash bar): 5:30 pm, Dinner: 6:15 pm. Dinner tickets $25 may be purchased by Tuesday, March 10 from Faculty of Arts Office, 3rd Floor, Fletcher Argue Building, 204-474-9100 OR Centre for Aboriginal Health Education, A101 Chown Building, Bannatyne Campus 204-789-3511. Admission for Speaker only is FREE. Talk begins at 7:30 pm. For additional info, contact Lisa McKendry at 204-949-5208.

Prairie Improvement Network (PIN) will host its 2015 Annual General Meeting at the Victoria Inn in Brandon, MB, on Thursday, March 19 beginning at noon. Their keynote speaker is Dr. Karin Wittenberg, Dean, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. Dr. Wittenberg's presentation is titled "Moving toward Prairie Agriculture 2050." Registration deadline is Friday, March 22. More details and online registration at

It's time once again for Discover Agriculture in the City, a free, two-day event featuring interactive displays and live presentations from key organizations in the agriculture industry that will take place March 20-21 downtown at the Forks Market. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, along with partner organizations, have developed this event for urban Canadians to explore and discover the important role agriculture plays in their lives. Come see the Food Fight at the Forks featuring our very own food product development students, enjoy cooking demos and many other activities. For more information, visit

The Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals will also be taking part in Ag in the City March 20-21. Stop by to visit our booth, and take our functional food vs. non-functional food taste test to see if you can tell the difference.

The Canadian Centre for Agri-Food Research in Health and Medicine (CCARM) invites to to their Food For Thought Seminar Series. Dr. Vernon Dolinsky, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, University of Manitoba, will be giving a talk on "Gestational Diabetes and the Developmental Origins of Cardiometabolic Disease in the Offspring" on Monday, March 23 at 11:00 am in the Samuel N. Cohen Auditorium, St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre, 351 Tache Avenue, Winnipeg.   Everyone is welcome to attend.

A Department of Animal Science Seminar will be held on Tuesday, March 24 in Room 219 Animal Science Building at 11:30 am.  Brittainy Hewitt, M.Sc. student with Emma McGeough, will be presenting "Verified beef production and sustainable beef production" to be followed by Kristine Blair, M.Sc. student with Kim Ominski, presenting "Greenhouse gases emissions from cattle overwintering".  All are welcome to attend.

An Advanced Plant Science Seminar will be held on Thursday, March 26 in Room 130 Agriculture Building at 3:30 pm. Alice Mwaniki, Ph.D. student in Plant Science, will be presenting “Molecular Mapping of Genes Controlling Fusarium Head Blight and Deoxynivalenol Accumulation in Winter Wheat”.  All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.

A Department of Animal Science Seminar will be held on Tuesday, April 7 in Room 219 Animal Science Building at 11:30 am.  Kolawole Aluko, M.Sc. student with Martin Nyachoti, will be presenting "Effects of egg powder containing anti-F4 antibodies and a combination of chitosan and probiotic on performance and post-weaning diarrhea in ETEC K88+ challenged piglets" to be followed by Alessi Kwawukume, M.Sc. student with Ehsan Khafipour, presenting "Role of swine vaginal microbiome in initial colonization of the gut and prevalence of diarrhea in piglets".  All are welcome to attend.

An Advanced Plant Science Seminar will be held on Thursday, April 9 in Room 130 Agriculture Building at 3:30 pm. Chami Amarasinghe, Ph.D. student in Plant Science, will be presenting “Fusarium graminearum Species Complex: Molecular Phylogenetic Analysis, Mycotoxin Chemotypes and Pathogenic Potential”.  All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.

The Manitoba Community for Women in Engineering, Science, Technology, and Trades (MCWESTT) Conference, a full day of professional development opportunities will be held on May 8 at the Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg. Themed "Dimensions", MCWESTT 2015 will be a special opportunity for you to be inspired by keynote speakers, participate in professional development workshops, and to network with professionals from a variety of industries and professions from across Manitoba. They have a great program lined up, including Jennifer Jones as a keynote speaker. For more information or to register, visit Earlybird deadline has been extended to March 23. You can also follow them on Twitter @MCWESTT2015, Facebook (MCWESTT), and LinkedIn (MCWESTT 2015).

The 2015 Canadian Nutrition Society Annual Conference will once again be held in Winnipeg, MB, from May 28-30.  Of special note is "Lipid Nutrition and Metabolism in Human Health", a post-conference workshop to be held at the University of Manitoba May 31-June 1. Participants will explore the relationships between lipid nutrition, lipid metabolism, and human health.   Abstract Submission Deadline: March 31, 2015. and for complete details visit Details on the entire conference available at

The Canadian Land Reclamation Association/ Association Canadienne de Réhabilitation des Sites Dégradés (CLRA/ACRSD) and Manitoba Soil Science Society (MSSS) invite you to the 2015 CLRA/MSSS Joint Conference to be held June 15-18 at the Radisson Winnipeg Downtown. Join them to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of CLRA/ACRSD and the International Year of Soils. The Call for Abstracts (Oral and Poster) submission deadline has been extended to March 02. Full details at


A big congratulations to Braden Calvert, diploma student, who skipped his Manitoba team representing Canada to the gold medal at the 2015 World Junior Championships last weekend in Tallinn, Estonia. The Canadian women also captured gold. Read full detail at

A number of awards were presented at the 2015 Degree Grads Farewell held March 7 at the Metropolitan. Of particular note, Joyce Slater, Human Nutritional Sciences, was voted Teacher of the Year and Addison Cullen received the John Roth Memorial Award.

Out of 75 students who were honoured at the Emerging Leaders Dinner on March 11, nine are students in our Faculty . These are students who support the university communty and educational mission by contributing to social, cultural or economic well-being here or off campus, encourage cross-cultural understanding, and demonstrate sustained leadership.  Congratulations to Ramesha Hemarathne, Ifeanyi Nwachukwu, Jacqueline Keena, Valery Agbor, Naser Ibrahim, Cleofe Jean San Juan, Monica Cyr, Judy Leung and Mary Lopez on your accomplishment!

On March 3, the Manitoba Consumer Monitor Food Panel held a celebration of 4 years of research and unveiled their new display at the Bruce D. Campbell Farm & Food Discovery Centre. On Thursday, March 5, CTV Morning Live spent the morning broadcasting from the Discovery Centre, discussing the science behind our food with Myrna Grahn (Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development) showcasing the MCM exhibit with Jocelyne Gaudet (MCM Food Panel) and learning tips for eating a quick, easy and nutritious breakfast with Jillian Einarson (MAFRD).  The MCM Food Panel generates and disseminates information about consumer attitudes and perceptions towards food and health, by gathering their opinions, preferences and experiences. More information can be found at

Dr. Koen Jansens has joined the Department of Food Science for a four-month stay.  Koen is a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Professor Jan Delcour at KU Leuven in Belgium.  He is working with Martin Scanlon on studies of ovalbumin protein conformation and how that affects interactions with gluten proteins (important considerations in cake quality determinations).

Dilantha Fernando, Plant Science, was an invited speaker at two national conferences in India. Dilantha gave a presentation on the needs for understanding mechanisms in host-pathogen interactions to manage plant diseases in economically important crops at the 36th National Symposium of the Society of Mycology and Plant Pathology of India, held at the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Madurai campus in Madurai. Dilantha then traveled to Varanasi in UP to present a talk on using naturally occurring beneficial microbes for disease management at the National Conference in Plant Science held at the Banaras University.

Joanne Thiessen Martens, Plant Science, presented on “Ecological Agriculture for Conservation” and “Ecological Agriculture in Action” at a meeting organized by the Intermountain Conservation District at Elkhorn Resort on February 25. Meeting participants then used the principles and practices of ecological agriculture to set priorities for conservation practices in western Manitoba.

Anne Kirk, Plant Science, was invited to speak on “On-farm plant breeding and variety selection for organic crop production” at the Organic Alberta conference near Edmonton. As Anne was travelling elsewhere, her presentation was delivered by Joanne Thiessen Martens.

The Natural Systems Agriculture Lab, Plant Science, hosted a meeting with farmer participants in a new project on “Research and technical support for on-farm transition to organic soybean production” at Carman MB on March 5. In this new research model, farmers are engaged in a farm system planning process to support sustainable production of organic soybeans and other rotation crops. The meeting was organized by Joanne Thiessen Martens; Gary Martens, Michelle Carkner, Keith Bamford, and Martin Entz also participated.

Ehsan Khafipour, Animal Science, and his Ph.D. student, Hooman Derakhshani, attended the Keystone Symposia - Gut Microbiota Modulation of Host Physiology: The Search for Mechanism, which was held in Keystone, Colorado, March 1-6.

Balachandar Jayaraman, Ph.D. student in Animal Science, will be attending Mid-West Animal Science Meeting March 16-18 at Des Moines, Iowa. Balachandar will make the poster presentation "Effects of increasing standardized ileal digestible threonine:lysine ratio on performance of weaned pigs challenged with Escherichia coli K88" and is supervised by Martin Nyachoti.

The Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals welcomes the Leadership Winnipeg group to tour the facility of Friday, March 13. The group is visiting the University of Manitoba to learn how the University drives the economy and their partnerships with industry.


Kabo Masisi, William L. Diehl-Jones, Joseph Gordon, Donald Chapman, Mohammed H. Moghadasian and Trust Beta 2015. Carotenoids of Aleurone, Germ, and Endosperm Fractions of Barley, Corn and Wheat Differentially Inhibit Oxidative Stress.  Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry available online at:

Tenuta, M., Madani, M., Briar, S., Molina, O., Gulden, R. and Subbotin, S.A. 2014 Occurrence of Ditylenchus weischeri and Not D. dipsaci in Field Pea Harvest Samples and Cirsium arvense in the Canadian Prairies. Journal of Nematology 46: 376-384.


Global Winnipeg visited the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals to find out how TMPLR’s body composition mobile unit will measure the health of Manitobans across the province

Anita Brûlé-Babel, Plant Science, was quoted in Grainews (March 10) in the article "Resisting fusarium head blight". Read it on page 1 at

Myron and Jill Krahn, alumni of the Faculty, were profiled in the article "Young and successful" in Farmers' Voice (Spring 2015). Read it online on page 25 at

Kateryn Rochon, Entomology, was interviewed in the article "Farmer urges caution after contracting Lyme disease" in Farmers' Voice (Spring 2015). Read it on page 27 at

Paul Bullock, Soil Science, was quoted in the Western Producer (May 12) in the article "NASA satellite to improve global soil moisture monitoring, flood forecasting". Read it on page 33 at

David Lobb, Soil Science, was interviewed for the article "Back to tillage after wet years" in Grainews (March 3). Read it on page 5 at

Tee Boon Goh, Soil Science, was quoted in the article "Copper applications have limited impact" in Grainews (March 3). Read it on page 11 at

The recent presentation by Jamie Wilson, Treaty Commissioner of Manitoba and Ovide Mercredi, Senior advisor to the U of M President, to Diploma students was covered in the Manitoba Co-operator (February 26) article "Treaty rights to farm were not fulfilled". Read it on page 25 at


VOTE AND SHARE, SHARE AND VOTE - Erin Goldberg, Graduate Student in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences has qualified for the first round of NSERC’s Science, Action! Her 60-second video showcases her latest research on omega-3 eggs. Here is the link to check out Erin's research- Share this link on Twitter and Facebook to spread the word about the exciting research happening at the University of Manitoba!

The Faculty is seeking an Assistant Operations Manager for the Glenlea Research Station. Full job description and application details at Deadline to apply is March 31, 2015.

Our fiscal year end of March 31, 2015 is fast approaching. Staff are reminded to make all purchases, travel and business claims soon. For year-end guidelines and schedule, please see Financial Services website at

The Canadian Nuffield Agricultural Scholarship Association is accepting applications for their 2016 program. Three scholarships of $15,000 each are available for 2016. Applications are due by April 30, 2015 and forms can be downloaded from the Nuffield Canada website at Nuffield Scholarships are awarded to enthusiastic individuals, with a passion for agriculture and a desire to expand your knowledge, pursue new ideas and to share your findings with others. Applicants should be in mid-career, be between the ages of 25 and 45 (although exceptions are made) and must have a minimum of five years agricultural business or farming experience plus the management ability to step away from their current duties. The Scholar must travel for a minimum of ten weeks, with a leg of at least six consecutive weeks. Scholarships are not for those involved in full-time studies or for the purpose of furthering existing research projects.

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