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the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences newsletter

September 23, 2015


Tonight Wednesday, September 23 will be 4-H Info Night from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm in Room 138 Agriculture Building. Snacks provided!  Come learn about the 4-H Leaders Club.

Deborah Young, Executive Lead, Indigenous Achievement invites students to a Student Meet and Greet Luncheon on Thursday, September 24 at 12 noon in the Migizii Agamik Foyer. All students welcome.

The CIFST Manitoba Section invites you to their Annual Mixer Networking Reception 6 pm to 8 pm, Thursday, September 24, in the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals. The event will provide a great opportunity for networking and an interesting keynote presentation with featured speaker Earl Mclaren, President & CEO, Manitoba Starch Products. Non-alcoholic beverages and other light refreshments will be served. Please register for this event by emailing

An Animal Science M.Sc. Thesis Defense will be held Friday, September 25, at 2:30 pm in Room 245 Ellis Building, when Kristine Blair will present “Measured and modelled enteric methane emissions from beef cattle as affected by dietary crude protein of forage diets.”

The Bombers take on the Calgary Stampeders on Friday, September 25.  The Event Day Parking Plan goes into effect at 6:00 pm, 90 minutes before kick-off. Complete details about alternate parking locations and other event dates are listed at

The first seminar in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Seminar Series for 2015-2016 will be held on Monday, September 28 at 4:00 pm in the Richardson International Theatre, 172 Agriculture Building.  Jeffrey Fitzpatrick-Stilwell, Senior Manager, Sustainability, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited, will be presenting "McDonald’s Perspective on Sustainable Food Systems”.  Refreshments will be served at 3:30 pm in the Atrium.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

The Faculty of Agriculture Students Organization (FASO) is hosting a Meet the Faculty BBQ on Tuesday, September 29, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Location is in the Plant Science courtyard outside of the Atrium in the Agriculture Building. We hope to have a great turn out by faculty, instructors and students.  All are welcome!

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, Thursday, 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 to purchase banquet tickets.

The Department of Biosystems Engineering is hosting a Special Research Seminar on Friday, October 2 at 2:30 pm in the Carolyn Sifton Lecture Theathre, Room 130 Agriculture Building. Dr. Martin W. King, Professor of Biotextiles & Textile Technology, North Carolina State University will present “The Contribution of Biotextile Scaffolds to the Advancement of Tissue Engineering”.

The Manitoba Association of Home Economists is holding its provincial conference themed “A New Vision for Home Economics” on October 2-3 at the University of Manitoba. On Friday, October 2, hear a presentation from Dr. Sue McGregor on Transformational Leadership in Home Economics, followed by a networking reception beginning at 6 pm in University Centre. Then on Saturday, October 3, participants will visit the Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre for a member breakfast with Dr. McGregor, presentations on social media and the Manitoba hemp industry, a light lunch and tour of the centre. Visit for full details and registration.

The 34th annual Aggie Bedpush will run Friday, October 2 and Saturday, October 3, once again in a variety of communities across Manitoba. A large team of students will push the familiar burgundy bed on wheels through Oakville, Portage, Gladstone, Neepawa, Minnedosa, Carberry, Glenboro and Carman – the hometowns of many of the students. The charity supported this year is Growing the Support for Cancer, an initiative by Aggie alum Darcy Miller who, after having his own life touched by cancer, decided to grow a crop of soybeans and donate the proceeds of it to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation. Those wishing to donate to the Aggie Bedpush can make cheques payable to the “Faculty of Agriculture Students' Organization" and tax receipts will be issued to donations over $15. They can be sent by mail to: FASO, 160-66 Dafoe Road, Winnipeg, MB  R3T 2N2.  Alternately you can go to and find a donation link there.

The 2015 CAOCS/CRIBIQ joint congress will take place in Quebec City October 4-6. It is a joint event run by the CAOCS (Canadian section of the American Oil Chemists’ Society) and CRIBIQ (Consortium for Research and Innovation in Industrial Bioprocesses, Quebec).  The meeting will consist of two parallel tracks, one focused more on academic research and other on more industry-relevant research.  The academic track consists of 4 sessions including healthy developments in fats and oils; innovations in oilseed crops; physical properties of fats and oils; and new trends in oleochemistry. Abstracts are due now. Visit for more details.

A Garage Sale is being held to sell clothing construction supplies on October 5 and 6 from 5 pm to 8 pm in Room 322 Human Ecology Building. Visit to see the list of items for sale. You could buy your very own dress form or even a 1948 Singer electric sewing machine!

The Department of Animal Science will be hosting a Special Seminar on Tuesday, October 6 in Room 219 Animal Science Building at 10:00 am. Guest speaker Dr. Charles Nfon from National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease, National Microbiology Laboratory, Winnipeg, will be giving a talk on “Detection of vesicular disease viruses in swine oral fluid”. All are welcome to attend.

The Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals will host “Packaging Conference:  Packaging that Makes Food Products Sell” on October 7-8. Learn the ins and outs of how the packaging you choose for your food products can greatly influence your product sales.  Participants will learn from industry experts how packaging communicates quality and enhances shelf appeal.   To learn more and to register, visit

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 31 for the Pumpkin Party from 10:00 am to 2 pm. Pumpkin carving for the kids and a pumpkin pie workshop for parents. Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. Regular admission fees apply. For directions, visit

The 32nd International Symposium on Microscale Separations and Bioanalysis will be held April 3-7, 2016, at Niagara on the Lake . Michel Aliani, Human Nutritional Sciences, is chairing a session on Food, Nutrition and Health. Learn more at


Doug Cattani, Plant Science,  was invited to a Food and Agriculture Organization sponsored meeting in conjunction with International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid-Tropics on “Perennial crops workshop in West African Cropping Systems" held at Bamako, Mali, September 2-5.

Derek Brewin, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, gave a seminar sponsored by the Alliance for Food and Bioproducts Innovation on September 18 at the University of Saskatchewan.  The seminar was titled "Using game theory to explore competiveness in Canada’s grain value chain."

Lovemore Malunga, Food Science Ph.D. student, is the recipient of a $2,500 graduate fellowship from the American Association of Cereal Chemists’ International for the 2015-2016 school year contributed by the Charles Becker Endowment. This year’s competition saw a record number of graduate applicants.

Trust Beta, Food Science, presented an oral paper on “Variation in the physicochemical properties and carotenoid profiles of traditional colored maize varieties from different geographical locations of Central Malawi” at the 2015 South African Association of Food Science and Technology (SAAFoST) Congress held at the Winnipeg Convention Elangeni/Maharani Hotel Complex, Durban, South Africa, September 7-9.

Dilantha Fernando, Plant Science, was invited to give a presentation at the Blackleg Summit, held in Saskatoon in July. Dilantha's presentation was entitled "Investigating durability of single resistance genes in B. napus and emergence of virulent isolates"

Dilantha and his students attended the 14th International Rapeseed Congress held in Saskatoon in July. Dilantha gave an oral presentation entitled, "Genetic resistance to blackleg in the Canadian canola germplasm and the breakdown of the dominant Rlm3 gene by the L. maculans pathogen population". Graduate students Xuehua Zhang, Cunchun Yang, Harun Rashid, Lori Reimer and Lihua Rong made poster presentations. Research associates Carrie Selin, Zhongwei Zou and Gnanesh Nanjappa also attended the conference.

Kees Plaizier, Animal Science, attended the 2015 SMART Plant and Animal Management Workshop held at the University of Guelph September 15-16 and gave an invited presentation on “Smart dairy farming”.

Kees also attended the Annual Conference of the European Association of Animal Production (EAAP) held in Warsaw, Poland August 31 to September 4. On the way there, he facilitated a workshop on  “Rumen acidosis in dairy cows” at Jeen Consult in Arnhem, The Netherlands, on August 25. He was also interviewed on his views on enhancing gut health in dairy cows by the “Veeteelt” magazine, which is the main magazine of the Dutch dairy industry. Kees also visited Cow Consult in Uplengen, Germany, on August 24 to discuss practical strategies to treat and prevent ruminal acidosis on dairy farms.

Jessay Devassy, Ph.D. student in Human Nutritional Science, is profiled as the Canadian Nutrition Society Member of the Month for September 2015. Jessay was recognized for his photography contributions to the 2015 national conference, which was held in Winnipeg earlier this year. Read more at

Kelsey Fehr, M.Sc. student in Animal Science working with Kees Plaizier and Ehsan Khafipour, was awarded the Canadian Dairy Commission Scholarship. Kelsey’s project is focused on the “Effects of organic and inorganic bedding materials on udder health, milk microbiome, and risk of mastitis in dairy cattle”.


Library Listicle! Ten things that New Faculty need to know about the Library:


Khakbazan, M., O. Durunna, T. Sirski, D.G. Brewin, J. Huang, N. Berry, A. Iwaasa, S. Scott, C. Robins, H. Block, and H. Lardner. (2015). The effects of spring versus summer calving on beef cattle economic performance in western Canada. Canadian Journal of Animal Science. 95(3): 475-486.  (Tanis Sirski is a M.Sc. graduate from our program.)

N. Huerta-Leidenz, A. Rodas-González, A. Vidal, J. Lopez-Nuñez and O. Colina. 2015. Carcass cut-out value and eating quality of longisssimus muscle from serially harvested savannah-raised Brahman–influenced cattle and water buffaloes in Venezuela. Animal Production Science. DOI:

Derakhshani H, Tun HM, and Khafipour E. 2015. An extended single-index multiplexed 16S rRNA sequencing for microbial community analysis on MiSeq Illumina platforms. J. Basic Microbiol. Accepted.

Munyaka PM, Nandha NK, Nyachoti CM, Kiarie E, and Khafipour E. 2015. Impact of fibre degrading feed enzymes on growth performance, nutrient utilization, and gut microbiota in broiler chickens fed corn or wheat-based diets. Poultry Sci. Accepted.


Argenis Rodas González, Animal Science, and Claudia Narvaez, Food Science, were featured in the Newsmakers section of Cattlemen magazine (September 2015). Read it on page 6 at

Denise Aminot-Gilchrist and John Thoroski, Food Science, were interviewed about the Dairy Plant on the CBC Radio French show À table! (August 14).  Hear it online (in French) at


Brass Nametags - The deadline for ordering brass name tags is Monday, September 28. The 1" by 3" nametag would have the University logo, your name and "Agricultural and Food Sciences" or your department name printed in black. They cost approximately $6-10 each. Please email your name, department name if applicable, whether you want a PIN or MAGNET fastener and your method of payment (FOAP or cash).

What are you doing after work on Fridays this winter? Come curl with us in Aggie Row Curling, a friendly and long-running league with folks from the Faculty and from Agriculture Canada. We play Friday afternoons at 4:30 at the Pembina Curling Club - close by and easy to get to. The season starts in October 2 and runs til March. No experience is necessary and all are welcome. Full time or half time curlers welcome. For more information contact Paula Parks at

Awards season is upon us. The Faculty Awards Database will be updated continuously with new awards on offer for the 2015-2016 academic year. All qualified students are encouraged to apply, and all Professors/Instructors are encouraged to remind their students to apply! There are several October deadlines approaching. As well, the Bursary Application deadline is Thursday, October 1. All bursary applicants must complete a general U of M bursary application. Some bursaries require an additional supplemental application.  Check out the Awards Database and external awards online at

The 2015 Annual Undergraduate Student Research Poster Competition will take place Thursday, October 29. 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 2015 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 16. 

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.

Call for Posters and Presentations for the 11th Prairie Conservation and Endangered Species Conference happening February 16-18, 2016 in Saskatoon Inn, Saskatoon, SK. Deadline for submissions of abstracts is October 2 (end of the day). Learn more about the conference at and

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