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the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences newsletter

October 23, 2015


The Bombers take on the Ottawa Redblacks in their last regular season home game on Saturday, October 24.  The Event Day Parking Plan goes into effect at 1:30 pm, 90 minutes before kick-off. Complete details about alternate parking locations and other event dates are listed at

The Department of Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics is pleased to announce that Dr. Colin A. Carter will present the Seventh Annual Daryl F. Kraft Lecture on Wednesday, October 28. Please join us at the Richardson International Auditorium (172 Agriculture Building) for coffee at 2:30 pm.  Dr. Carter's lecture, entitled “China and the Global Food Equation”, will begin at 3:00 pm.  Dr. Carter is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Davis.

A Department of Animal Science Seminar will be held on Tuesday, October 27 in Room 219 Animal Science Building at 10:00 am.  Zhangbin Cai, MSc student with Ehsan Khafipour will be giving an extension talk on "Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus – 2015 update". All are welcome to attend.

The next Soil Science Seminar is on Wednesday, October 28, 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Room 346 Ellis Building. Christine Rawluk, NCLE Research Development Coordinator, will present "How
did I get here?? Having an open mind and recognizing opportunities".

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

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 - bring your own pumpkin or buy one on site. Complimentary carving stencils and snacks. Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. Come and go or bring your own picnic lunch to enjoy on the farm. Admission $5. For directions, visit

A Department of Entomology Seminar will be held on Tuesday, November 3 in Room 220Animal Science Building at 10:10 am.  Dr. Alex Smith, University of Guelph, is the invited speaker, topic is TBA. All are welcome to attend.

The Canadian Climate Forum is holding Symposium 2015, "Food Security in a Changing Climate" on November 12-13 in Ottawa, ON. World renowned experts and dignitaries, including Dr. Karin Wittenberg, Dean, will address threats and solutions to food chain management due to a changing climate. For more information:

The Transport Institute's 20th annual Fields on Wheels conference is scheduled for December 2 at the Delta Winnipeg Hotel. Registration is now open at

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN - The 2015 Manitoba Agronomists Conference themed "Agronomists & Big Data: Harnessing the Potential" will be held Wednesday, December 16 and Thursday, December 17 in Room 172 Agriculture Building and via webcast. The cost is $215.  Register by December 6 to take advantage of the early bird rate of $175.  Registration closes December 12.  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 MAC Coordinator, Rachel Sydor at or 204-474-8473.


Two students under the supervision of Susan Arntfield, Food Science, attended the AACCI Centennial  Meeting in Minneapolis Minnesota  October 18-21.  Lan Shi presented a poster on "Changes in Levels of Enzymes, Lectins and Phytic Acid Undergoing Domestic Processing of Canadian Pulses"  with L. Shi, K. Mu, S. Arntfield, and M. Nickerson as authors.  Yuming Chen had a poster entitled "Effects of Different Processing on Selected 'Beany' Volatiles from Soybean Flour by Simultaneous Distillation Extraction" with Y. Chen, M. Aliani, M. Scanlon and S. Arntfield as authors.

Students from Human Nutritional Sciences attended the Canadian Chapter of the American Oil Chemists Society meeting on October 5 in Quebec City, which was built around the theme “Use of fats and oils in 2015 and beyond”. Usha Thiyam-Hollander’s students Ayyappan Aacharya, Jingbang Liang, Hui Xu and Ronak Fahmi presented their recent findings on various aspects of canola, hemp and mustard seeds and their products, which invited active discussions among various participants and brought home reflective feedback. The participants all had excellent networking opportunities, and excellent information was imparted.

A number of news items arising from the the Centennial Meeting of AACC International held in Minneapolis, MN from October 18–21, 2015:

  • Congratulations to Lisa Davies-Hoes and Xinyang Sun, the University of Manitoba Food Science team, who merited Runner-Up position in the AACC International Student Product Development Competition.
  • Martin Scanlon, Associate Dean (Research), took part in discussions on the direction of the journal Cereal Chemistry as part of his role on the Editorial Board for the journal, on the new strategy for cereal science publications as part of his role on the AACC International Book Committee, and on new testing protocols as a member of the Physical Testing Methods Technical Committee.
  • Filiz Koksel, Food Science, (U of M) Department of Food and Bioproduct Sciences (University of Saskatchewan) presented work from her Ph.D. thesis “The bubble size distribution and its evolution in wheat flour doughs investigated by synchrotron x-ray microtomography” on behalf of her co-authors S. Aritan, A. Strybulevych, J. H. Page and M. G. Scanlon, as well as “The use of synchrotron x-rays and ultrasonics for investigating the bubble size distribution and its evolution in dough” (with co-authors A. Strybulevych, S. Aritan, V. Leroy, J. H. Page and M. G. Scanlon). Filiz also presented work from her postdoctoral research at the University of Manitoba and University of Saskatchewan in the presentation “Use of FTIR spectroscopy and ultrasonics for investigating salt reduction in nonyeasted bread doughs” on behalf of her co-authors K. M. Gough, M. G. Scanlon and M. T. Nickerson.
  • Xinyang Sun, Food Science, presented work from her Ph.D. thesis “Water and salt effect on dough mechanical properties” on behalf of her co-authors F. Koksel, M. G. Scanlon and M. T. Nickerson.
  • Nicole A. Avramenko, Department of Food and Bioproduct Sciences (University of Saskatchewan) presented some of her Ph.D. research “Effect of NaCl level on rheology, stickiness and extensibility of dough prepared from different CWRS wheat” on behalf of her co-authors P.J. Hucl, M. G. Scanlon and M. T. Nickerson, as well as “Effect of salts from the lyotropic series on the handling of dough prepared from Harvest and Pembina CWRS wheat” (with co-authors P.J. Hucl, M. G. Scanlon and M. T. Nickerson).
  • Erin J. Hopkins (Department of Food and Bioproduct Sciences, University of Saskatchewan) presented some of her M.Sc. research “Effect of enzymes and NaCl content on dough rheology using Harvest and Pembina CWRS wheat” on behalf of her co-authors P. Hucl, M. G. Scanlon and M. T. Nickerson, as well as “Effect of organic acids and NaCl content on dough stickiness using Harvest and Pembina CWRS wheat (with co-authors R. Lam, A. K. Stone, P. Hucl, M. G. Scanlon and M. T. Nickerson).
  • Additional presentations from the University of Manitoba included “Ultrasound: a new tool for texture evaluation of raw Asian noodles” (A. Salimi Khorshidi, A. Strybulevych, D. Daugelaite, M. G. Scanlon, J. H. Page and D. W. Hatcher; and “A novel method for evaluating changes in raw Asian noodles texture during sheeting process ” (A. Salimi Khorshidi, A. Strybulevych, D. Daugelaite, M. G. Scanlon, J. H. Page and D. W. Hatcher).

NCLE (the National Centre for Livestock and the Environment) hosted a successful composting workshop for small to mid-scale farmer and market gardeners on October 14, with 17 keen participants in attendance. The workshop covered composting basics, safety and quality issues, as well as topics such as manure incorporation. The event was hosted by Bruce Berry and Marilyn Firth of Almost Urban Vegetables just south of Winnipeg, and included provincial compost experts, including Mario Tenuta, Soil Science and Trevor Fraser, NCLE.

Christine Rawluk, Mario Tenuta, Doug Cattani, Thea Green and Joe Ackerman spoke to 35 Grade 11 students from England, Australia and Manitoba at the Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre on October 8. Students were participating in the annual BioInnovation Week "Opportunities and Challenges in Attaining Food Security”.  The interactive stations all focused on “Food Security, Nutrient Security – Nutrients in Agricultural Systems” emphasizing the integration of soil, land, water, plants, animals.  Thank you for being such terrific hosts!

The Faculty was one of the organizers of the University of Manitoba's participation in International Day of the Girl, sponsored by Manitoba Status of Women on October 16. Thirty young women from around Manitoba had the opportunity to explore a wide variety of science and engineering careers and to chat with inspirational women in those fields. The day began at the Manitoba Legislative Building where several featured researchers presented their area of study. Next was a tour of the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals and other University of Manitoba labs, and a "speed mentoring" lunch. Kudos to Annemieke Farenhorst and Lena Yusim for spearheading this initiative and thank you to all who participated!


K. Rochon, R. B. Baker, G. W. Almond, I. M. Gimeno, A. A. Pérez de León, D. W. Watson. 2015. Persistence and Retention of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus in Stable Flies (Diptera: Muscidae). Journal of Medical Entomology 52 (5): 1117-1123. DOI:

S. Vinod Kumar, P. Rajeshkumar, C. Senthilraja, S. Nakkeeran, and W. G. D. Fernando. 2015. First report of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum/ causing stem rot of carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus) in India. Plant Disease 04/2015; DOI:10.1094/PDIS-02-15-0240.

Yu, L. and Beta, T. 2015. Identification and antioxidant properties of phenolic compounds during production of bread from purple wheat grains. Molecules 20(9): 15525-15549.

Javed, N., Geng, J., Tahir, M., McVetty, P.B.E., Li, G., Duncan, R.W. 2015. Identification of QTL influencing seed oil content, fatty acid profile and days to flowering in Brassica napus L. Euphytica. DOI 10.1007/s10681-015-1565-2.

Elahi, N., Duncan, R.W., Stasolla, C. 2015. Decreased seed oil production in FUSCA3 Brassica napus mutant plants. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry. 96:222-230.


Alumni Dustin Krahn and Zack Wiebe are featured in an interesting Country Guide article "Not related" about a a unique farm operation partnership between Krahn and Zack's father Ken -

Rick Holley, Food Science, was quoted by CTV News in the story "Outbreak of salmonella infections under investigation in 8 provinces, including Manitoba" -

Don Flaten, Soil Science, was interviewed by the Western Producer (October 15) in the article "University researchers stress independence" -

Karin Wittenberg, Dean, was interviewed by the Western Producer (October 15) in the article "Lack of trust on GMOs fuels consumer skepticism" -

Ryan Cardwell, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, was interviewed regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement by the Manitoba Co-operator (October 16) - - and the Manitoban (October 20)-

Not a story but a nice ad for the University of Manitoba featuring Monica Cyr, Human Nutritional Sciences M.Sc. student, that was in the Globe & Mail (October 21). Sneak a peek here -


Women Participants Needed - We are seeking opinions on body image and food choices among baby boomer women. You are eligible to participate if you meet the following criteria: born between 1946 and 1965 (50-69 years of age); reside in a rural or urban communities in Manitoba; complete a 20-25 minute survey online in October 2015 (will be launched at the end of the month). After completion of the survey, participants will be entered into a draw for one of twenty-five draws for gift cards ranging from $25 -$100, as a token of appreciation.  In addition, all participants will be entered for an early bird prize (iPad mini worth approx. $400)  as incentive to complete the survey within the first week of its release online. Funded by the Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research and approved by the University of Manitoba Research Ethics Board. For more information contact Christina Lengyel at

The 2015 Manitoba Agronomists Conference (MAC) is has put out a Call for Grad Student Posters. MAC will be held on December 16 and 17.  All grad students are welcome to attend and submit a poster for our poster session.  This is a great networking opportunity and offers students a chance to learn about current developments in the industry. Attendance is free for grad students, standing room only and does not include lunch. For all requirements and deadlines for submitting a poster, please visit our website:

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