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August 17, 2015


There will be an Organic and Non-GM Soybean Variety Field Walk on Monday, August 17 in St. Pierre Jolys, MB from 3 to 4 p.m. The soybean field “walkabout” gives the opportunity for farmers, agronomists, and community members to see non-GM soybean varieties from Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, and North Dakota grown under organic management. This tour gives a unique chance to see the varieties when pod development and yield potential are evident, and may show differences between maturity ratings. This may be the last opportunity to see some varieties grown in Manitoba under organic management as this is the last year of this study. Best management practices for organic soybeans will also be discussed. Directions: From the junction of Hwys 59 and 205 just south of St. Pierre, travel east almost 2 miles on Hwy 205. The site is on the north side of the highway. For more information, contact Michelle Carkner at

Carolynne Kehler, Animal Science M.Sc. student, will present her thesis “A Western Canadian study of the effect of winter transport conditions including acceleration on animal outcomes in finished cattle" on Tuesday, August 18 at 1 pm in Room 219 Animal Science.

Visit the Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre from Tuesday, August 18 to Thursday, August 20 and you might have the chance to observe live piglet births. The FFDC is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday each week. Call 204-883-2524 or email for more information and special instructions about navigating Hwy 75 construction!

The Discovery Centre is hosting a Pizza Day on Wednesday, August 26 from 10 am to 1 pm. Discover how ingredients for a pizza are created. Prepare your own mini pizza for lunch and bake it in our outdoor stone oven. All ages welcome. Space is limited. Reserve your spot today! Cost $8 adults, $5 for children and $21 for families. Call 204-883-2524 or email for more information.

University Fall Orientation runs September 8 and 9 – welcome those new students as they discover the Fort Garry campus, their classroom locations and each other!

Join us during Homecoming Week as we honour the contributions of Faculty of Human Ecology students, faculty, staff and alumni and look forward to new opportunities in the faculties of Agricultural and Food Sciences and Health Sciences. Events include an Open House in the Human Ecology Building, September 29 – October 4, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. As well, there will be a Passing the Baton Ceremony and Reception in the Human Ecology Building, October 1, 4:00 – 5:15 pm with speeches starting at 4:30 pm and optional tours at 2:30 pm.  And finally, a Farewell Dinner will be held in the Manitoba Room, University Centre, October 1 - Reception: 5:30 pm, Dinner: 6:00 – 9:30 pm, tickets: $65.  Visit for more information.


The Soil Conservation Council of Canada (SCCC) has announced that David Lobb, Soil Science, is the 2015 inductee to the Canadian Conservation Hall of Fame. He will be officially inducted at a ceremony to be held this December at the SCCC-sponsored Summit on the State of Canada's Soils. In 1990, SCCC established the Canadian Conservation Hall of Fame, which to date, has recognized 27 Canadians who have made a significant contribution through their dedication to promoting soil conservation in Canada. Read more:

The annual Crop Diagnostic School held at the Ian N. Morrison Research Farm was once again a huge success, with 509 attendees participating over seven days this year. Rob Gulden and Alvin Iverson, Plant Science, and Jordan Bannerman, Entomology, provided the Faculty’s input into this year’s School, which is a long-standing collaboration with Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development.

Derek Brewin, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, presented “Estimating the Value of a new biotechnology: the case of Canola” with Stavroula Malla, University of Lethbridge, at the 19th ICABR Conference on Impacts of the Bioeconomy on Agricultural Sustainability, the Environment and Human Health in Ravello, Italy, June 16-19.  Derek will also be presenting on this area at the 7th CAER-IFPRI Annual Conference on International Agri-Policy and Governance at Zhejiang Agricultural and Forestry University in Hangzhou, China, October 16 to 18.

Terry Galloway, Senior Scholar in Entomology, participated in the Nature Conservancy of Canada's Prairie Day at the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve near Tolstoi on August 8.  He gave presentations about insects and ticks of Manitoba.  Terry was accompanied by Dr. Annamaria Dal Molin, a postdoc in Barb Sharanowski's lab.  She went to the tallgrass prairie specifically to collect tiny, parasitic chalcidoid wasps.

Rob Currie, Entomology, was an invited speaker at the Eastern Apiculture Society Meeting at the University of Guelph August 10-14 where he presented four talks related to the impacts of parasites and viruses on honey bee colony survival under different wintering systems.

Three past presidents of AACC International attended the recent AGM of the Canadian Prairie Section of AACCI held in Winnipeg: Jim Dexter (2004), Food Science professor emeritus Walter Bushuk (1977) and Jan Delcour (2014). Check out a photo of the three, as well as a photo of Dean Karin Wittenberg presenting AACCI scholarships to Food Science students

Kun Wang, Ph.D. student in Food Science supervised by Susan Arntfield, presented a poster presentation on "Probing the molecular forces involved in binding of selected volatile flavours to salt-extracted pea proteins" at the IFT 15 Annual Meeting & Food Expo, July 11-14, in Chicago, IL. He was also selected as one of the six finalists to compete in Graduate Research Paper competition in International Division.

In 2014 the Office of Sustainability with input and support from the student-led Campus Food Strategy Group (CFSG) initiated a research project to assess objectively and report on the current state of food at the University. The resulting report – Food at the University of Manitoba – was released as a draft in March 2015. This report provides objective information about baseline food system conditions at the University of Manitoba (as of late 2014). It is intended to support dialogue, collaboration and action on safe, healthy, just and sustainable food systems at U of M, in support of University and University-community priorities. Feedback from the community, including input received at the food systems symposium held in March, was incorporated into the final draft, which is now available online at

The following faculty members are now on academic leave:  Derek Brewin, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, July 1/15 – June 30/16; Ranjan Sri  Ranjan, Biosystems Engineering, July 1/15 – June 30/16; Alejandro Costamagna, Entomology, July 1/15 – Dec 31/15; Martin Entz, Plant Science, July 1/15 to June 30/16; Genyi Li, Plant Science, July 1/15 to Dec 31/15 ; and Michael Trevan, Food Science, (Admin Leave) July 1/15 to June 30/16.  The following members have returned from leaves as of July 1/15: Karmin O, Animal Science; Michel Aliani, Human Nutritional Sciences; Harold Aukema, Human Nutritional Sciences; and Miyoung Suh, Human Nutritional Sciences.


Zhao, R., Xie, X., Le, K., Wende Li, W.,  Moghadasian, M.H., Beta, T., and Shen, G.X. 2015. Endoplasmic reticulum stress in diabetic mouse or glycated LDL-treated endothelial cells: protective effect of Saskatoon berry powder and cyanidin glycans. Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry (in press)

Bouchard C., Leonard E., Koffi J.K., Pelcat Y., Peregrine A., Chilton N., Rochon K., Lysyk T., Lindsay L.R., Ogden N.H. 2015. The increasing risk of Lyme disease in Canada. Can Vet J. 2015 Jul;56(7):693-9.  (free access currently embargoed until Jan 01, 2016)

Holliday AE, Mattingly TM, Holliday NJ. (2015) Defensive secretions of larvae of a carabid beetle. Physiological Entomology 40:131–137.


Rick Holley, Food Science, was interviewed by CBC about delivery of pig carcasses to two Winnipeg businesses that appeared to be improperly handled. Read more at

Greg Bartley, M.Sc. student in Plant Science, was quoted in the article “Black earth doesn’t mean warmer soil” in the Manitoba Co-operator (August 6). Read it on page 18 at

Martin Entz and M.Sc. student Michelle Carkner, Plant Science, were featured in “Higher seeding rate needed for organic soybeans” in the Manitoba Co-operator (August 6). Read it on page 18 at

Mario Tenuta, Soil Science, was quoted in “Soybean cyst nematode co-evolved with crop” in the Manitoba Co-operator (August 6). Read it on page 19 at

Michelle Carkner, M.Sc. student in Plant Science, was quoted in the article “’The Good Season’ Encourages Us to Cook with Weeds” about the cookbook on wild edibles and weeds she has authored with Michelle Arseneault. Read more at

Alumnus Chris Dzisiak (BSA/78) and his wife Nadine are featured in the article “Growers pin success on alternative crops” in the Western Producer (July 30). Read it on page 20 at

Summer students working at the Ian N. Morrison Research Farm in Carman are featured in the article “Summer research jobs never boring” in the Western Producer (July 30). Read it on page 49 at

Rob Gulden and Ph.D. student Charles Geddes, Plant Science, were quoted in the article “Less nitrogen equals less volunteer canola” in the Manitoba Co-operator (July 30).  Read it on page 19 at

Emma McGeough, Animal Science, was featured in the front cover photo of the Roblin Review (July 28) with the caption “Having a field day”. Emma was participating in the Parkland Crop Diversification Foundation’s annual field day and was presenting her forage evaluation and utilization project.

The supply management research of Ryan Cardwell and Chad Lawley, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics , and Di Xiang, Economics, was referenced in a National Post article (July 27). Read it at

Brian Oleson, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, was quoted in “Megatrends Versus Canada’s farms” in Country Guide (July 27). Read in on page 18 at

Martin Entz, Plant Science, was quoted in the article “Two steps forward…” in Country Guide (July 27). Read in on page 48 at

Martin Entz, Plant Science, was quoted in the Western Producer (July 23) in the article “Organic growers urged to share agronomy info”. Read it on page 16 at

Mario Tenuta, Soil Science, was quoted in Grainews (July 21) in “Cereal cyst nematodes are moving closer”. Read it on page 7 at .

Mario Tenuta, Soil Science, was quoted in the Manitoba Co-operator (July 16) articles “Winter no barrier to composting” and “On the lookout for soybean cyst nematodes”. Read it on pages 15 and 17 at

Rob Currie, Entomology, shared his expertise in several videos about tips for dealing with wasps. The videos, shot in 2014, are especially relevant again this summer. Check it out at

Paul Bullock, Soil Science, and the SMAP research project were featured in a number of media following the announcement of funding for project. Read more about the validation  at 

David Lobb, Soil Science, authored the article “A few twists and turns on the road to soil health” in Crops & Soils magazine (July-August 2015). The article can be read at (Subscription required).

Myrna Grahn, manager of the Farm and Food Discovery Centre, has been interviewed a few times on Farmscape. Read the transcripts or listen to the interviews at and


Get Me Off the Island! - Colin Penner, School of Agriculture, will need help to get off a remote island during the STARS CEO Rescue on the Island event, September 15. Make a donation in support of STARS and help him reach his $50,000 goal so that he will be able to go home. Read more/donate now at

The 2015 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 25, 2015.

Textile Sciences Research Survey - Please consider participating in a survey being conducted by Textile Sciences graduate student Marjia Khanom. The purpose of this research is to measure Canadian consumer knowledge about the health risks (cancer), physical injuries (limb loss) and deaths to over 60 million textile and apparel factory workers who are making apparel items for Western consumers in developing countries, such as Bangladesh. Visit

Agriculture in the Classroom Manitoba once again invites you to join them as a volunteer at their upcoming Amazing Agriculture Adventure in Winnipeg September 15-17, at Glenlea Research Station/Farm & Food Discovery Centre and at Kelburn Farm.  This is a hands-on, interactive event geared to the Grades 4 and 5 Science curriculum. Over 1000 students move through a number of interactive stations covering a variety of agriculture topics. AITC-M will need classroom hosts each day to tour the students and teachers through the stations. In addition, they need volunteers to help at various stations, and to serve as kitchen helpers and as people movers. To volunteer, please contact Diane at (204) 471-9698 or or visit : before September 1.

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