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November 6, 2015


A Department of Animal Science Seminar will be held on Tuesday, November 10 in Room 219 Animal Science Building at 10:00 am.  Jule Dube-Smith, M.Sc. student with Ehsan Khafipour will be giving an extension talk on "Microbial soil ecology: on the road to organic crop management". All are welcome to attend.

The University of Manitoba will be closed on November 11 for Remembrance Day.

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 Agri Innovation Forum is scheduled November 17-18 at the Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg, MB.  Learn more at

The third seminar in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Seminar Series for 2015-2016 will be held on Wednesday, November 18 at 3:30 pm in the Carolyn Sifton Lecture Theatre, 130 Agriculture Building. Dr. Annemieke Farenhorst, Department of Soil Science, will present “What is in the water? - Have a closer look at pesticides, bacteria and genes”.  Refreshments will be served at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

A Department of Animal Science Seminar will be held on Tuesday, November 24 in Room 219 Animal Science Building at 10:00 am.  Deborah Adewole, Ph.D. student with Bogdan Slominski will be giving a presentation on the "Effect of processing conditions on the chemical composition and nutritive value of canola meal for poultry". All are welcome to attend.

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

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.

Registration is now open for AIC 2016 Disseminating Agricultural Research: Bridging the gap between idea and adoption taking place April 13-14, 2016, in Ottawa. AIC 2016 will tackle the next big challenge in agricultural research – how to bring research to those who need it most – producers, farmers, industry and consumers. To learn more and to register, visit


Laurie Connor, Animal Science, was an invited speaker at the International Symposium on Animal Environment and Welfare in Rongchang City, Chongqing, China October 23-25. She presented "Alternative Gestation Housing for Sows: Reproductive Performance, Welfare and Economic Efficiency."

Peter Jones, Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals, presented "Using Genetic Information for Tailoring Lipid-lowering Interventions" to the International Life Sciences Institute North America Technical Committee on Lipids in Washington, DC, on October 20.

Derek Brewin, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, traveled to Beijing, Hangzhou and Lin’an City in China to speak about the “Value of a New Biotechnology Considering R&D Investment and Regulatory Issues” based on his research with Dr. Stavroula Malla from the University of Lethbridge. In Lin’an, he attended the 7th annual conference sponsored by the Chinese Association of Agricultural Economists and IFPRI. October 16-18. In early November, he travelled to the University of Applied Sciences, Osnabrück in Osnabrük, Germany to present two papers on game theory in the Canadian Grain Sector and also made a presentation about the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences.

Nancy Ames, Adjunct Professor in Human Nutritional Sciences, Adjunct in Food Science and Research Scientist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, received the Edith Christensen Award from the American Association of Cereal Chemists International (AACCI) at their Centennial Meeting in Minneapolis this October. This award recognises her contributions to the development of new analytical technologies that have led to advances in cereal grain science. Nancy also shared her research findings at AACCI Meeting symposia in two presentations entitled “Development of new methods to assess the nutritional aspects of cereal grain products” and “Strategies to enhance the health benefits of oat and barley beta-glucan.”

Lindsey Boyd, Food Science M.Sc. student under the supervision of Nancy Ames and Rick Holley, delivered an oral presentation entitled “Effect of heat treatments on safety and nutritional properties of whole grain barley” at the American Association of Cereal Chemists International (AACCI) Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, October 18-21.

Yanan Wang, Human Nutritional Sciences Ph.D. student, successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis entitled “Effect of Beta-Glucan Molecular Weight and Viscosity on the Mechanism of Cholesterol Lowering in Humans.” Yanan conducted her Ph.D. research at the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals under supervision of advisor Nancy Ames and co-advisor Peter Jones.

Kabo Masisi, Food Science Ph.D. candidate, presented an oral paper co-authored by T. Beta, K. Le, and M.H. Moghadasian on “The effects of corn fractions on cardiovascular risk factors in low density lipoprotein receptor knockout mice” at the 2015 American Association of Cereal Chemists’ International (AACCI) centennial meeting held in Minneapolis, MN, October 18-21.

Lovemore Malunga, Food Science Ph.D. candidate, also presented an oral paper co-authored by T. Beta, and P. Eck on “Inhibition of intestinal glucosidase by feruloylated arabinoxylan oligosaccharides from corn bran and wheat aleurone” at the same conference in a session on “Digestive properties of starch” where Trust Beta was co-moderator.

The following posters were also presented at the 2015 AACCI centennial meeting (presenters shown in bold): Ndolo, V.U., Beta, T., and Fulcher, R.G. "A comparative study on the nutritional composition of purple barley, yellow corn, and wheat aleurone"; Hwang, T., Song, Y., Ndolo, V.U., Katundu, M., Nyirenda, B., Bezner-Kerr, R.,  Arntfield, S., Beta, T. "Carotenoid profiles of local landrace corn grown in central Malawi."; Fan, G., Ndolo, V.U., Katundu, M., Bezner-Kerr, R., Arntfield, S., Beta, T. "Comparison of phytochemicals and antioxidant capacity in three bean varieties grown in central Malawi."

Several food science undergraduate students (Janelle Courcelles, Leanne Kukelko, Kristen Matwychuk, Wenxin Xiang, Qiao Ling, Qirui Zhang, Danyang Hu, Cheng Pang, Ryan Borkowksy, Hengguang Xu, Wenchao Tian, Zihao Wu, Ce Zhou) were able to participate in some of the activities of the AACCI centennial meeting.

In October, Soil Science graduate students, Rob Ellis and Mitch Timmerman hosted approximately 30 Grade 8 students who are participating in CanU Grow. This is a new module in the CanU Academy that is hosted by the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences and this was the first time it was offered. After a practice session on the evening of October 8 that involved of our students, the grad student hosts had six different activity stations tuned up and ready to go. On October 15, the Soil Nutrient, pH/Conductivity and the Soil Ecology activities were up and running. On October 22, Physical Properties, Soil and Technology and Mitch’s Amazing Rain and Snow show were all going. Everyone did an excellent job of facilitating a hands-on soil experience for the Grade 8 students.

Gustavo Mejicanos, Animal Science, received second place in the graduate student poster competition at the 2015 Western Nutrition Conference held in Winnipeg in September with the poster "Tail end dehulling of canola meal: chemical composition and nutritive value of dehulled meal for weaned pigs" Gustavo Mejicanos, Anna Rogiewicz, Martin Nyachoti and Bogdan Slominski.

The Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre hosted a Pumpkin Carving Costume Party on Saturday, October 21. Family traditions are being made as little ones have attended this party for the past few years. We were joined by Disney Characters like Olaf, Hello Kitty, hockey players, 50’s girls in poodle skirts, pirates, witches and an adorable 2 year old Knome! Our pumpkin creations were as diverse as stars and moon, to Hello Kitty to Minions and your basic jack-o-lanterns! We watched “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”, had snacks, and each child went home with their pumpkin and treat bag.

The Faculty Seminars archive has been updated to include recent presentations by Mr. Jeffrey Fitzpatrick-Stilwell, McDonald's Canada, and Dr. Colin A. Carter, UC Davis (Kraft Lecture). Check it out at


GIS Day at University of Manitoba Libraries will feature "Mapping change over time" on Wednesday, November 18, 9 am to 5 pm at the Elizabeth Dafoe Library. Enjoy workshops, presentations and posters. GIS Day provides an international forum for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society. For more information


Garrett Sawatzky and Michele Rogalsky, School of Agriculture, were interviewed in the article "U of M re-engineers ag program". Read it at

Elnaz  Azad, Animal Science Ph.D. student, wrote the article "Rumen Microbes and Bloat" for Canadian Cattlemen (October 26). Read the article on page 50 at


Do you have a passion for trees and shrubs? Want to learn more about the health and maintenance of these woody wonders? With the online Manitoba Arborists course through the University of Manitoba, you can now study tree care from the comfort of your home. Registration is now open for the next session, which begins January 11, 2016. Don’t delay as registration will close December 18, 2015. Learn more and register at

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 January 15, 2016. 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 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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