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January 15, 2016


A HNS 7200 Seminar in Food and Nutrition Research will be held on Tuesday, January 19 at 3 pm in Room 206 Human Ecology Building. Jingbang Liang will present "Relationship between structure and antioxidant activity of endogenous phenolics from hemp and canola oil: Effect of cold-pressed extraction and ultrasound assisted bleaching". 

The Faculty is hosting an Alumni Reception on the first day of Manitoba Ag Days in Brandon on Tuesday, January 19. All grads and friends of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences are invited to the Curling Club Lounge in the Keystone Centre from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm. It will be a great opportunity to visit with friends and colleagues, catch up on memories and learn what is new at the University! As a special feature, Dr. Paul Bullock, Head of the Department of Soil Science, will present Climate versus 'Agro'Climate: Weather that Matters on the Farm.  Cash bar, free snacks. For more info, contact

While you are at Ag Days, you should check out the excellent speaker sessions on all three days January 19-21. In particular, Don Flaten, Soil Science, will be part of a panel on "The Manitoba Soybean Talk Show" at 9:15 am on Thursday, January 21 on "Fertility in Soybeans". Full program at

The fifth seminar in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Seminar Series will be held on Wednesday, January 20 at 3:30 pm in the Carolyn Sifton Lecture Theatre, 130 Agriculture Building. Song Liu, Mashiur Rahman, and Wen Zhong from the Department of Biosystems Engineering, will present “Innovative Biomaterials and Medical Textiles”. Refreshments will be served at 3:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend. 

A presentation by James Wilson, Commissioner; Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba, entitled “What Do Treaties Imply for Science Educators and Citizens” is scheduled for Friday, January 22 at 11 am in Senate Chambers EITC E3. All are welcome. 

A Soil Science M.Sc. Thesis Defense will take place Friday, January 22, at 12:30 pm in Room 346 Ellis Building. Brian Miller will present “Soil Moisture, Vegetation and Surface Roughness Impacts on High Resolution L-Band Microwave Emissivity from Cropped Land during SMAPVEX12”. 

January 25-29 will mark the University of Manitoba’s second annual Indigenous Awareness Week. This weeklong series of panel discussions and presentations will explore some of the questions, challenges and  opportunities that come with Integrating Indigenous Knowledge into the Learning Environment.  All events are free and open to everyone. For more information visit:

A Department of Entomology Seminar will be held on Tuesday, January 26 in Room 220 Animal Science/Entomology Building at 10:10 am.  Dr. Collin Garroway, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Manitoba, will present "Dispersal in a wild bird population: insights from genomics, field experiments, and long-term monitoring”. Refreshments served at 10:00 am. 

A HNS 7200 Seminar in Food and Nutrition Research will be held on Tuesday, January 26 at 3 pm in Room 206 Human Ecology Building. Amy Goulet will present "Growing Roots: An action Research Project to Build Newcomer Food Security in Winnipeg's North End". 

The next Soil Science Seminar is on Wednesday, January 27, 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Room 346 Ellis Building. David Lobb will present (topic TBA). 

An Advanced Plant Science Seminar will be held on Thursday, January 28 in Room 130 Agriculture Building at 3:30 pm. David Ostermann, Provincial Apiarist, MAFRD will be presenting "Bees on berries, there are: A look at bees and other pollinators on strawberry and raspberry".  All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments at 3:00 pm in the Atrium. 

The George A. Lubinsky Memorial Lecture in the Department of Biological Sciences will feature Dr. Charles Krebs, Retired Professor, Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia on Thursday, January 28 at 7 pm in the Robert Schultz Theatre, St. John's College. His topic is “Is Modern Agriculture Sustainable? An Ecologist’s View of Agricultural Science.” All are welcome to attend. 

The Department of Animal Science will be hosting a Special Seminar in honour of Dr. T. K. Cheung, a former student of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences who has made significant contributions to the Department of Animal Science. Our guest speaker this year is Dr. Henry (Hank) L. Classen, Distinguished Professor and NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Poultry Nutrition, University of Saskatchewan, who will be giving a talk on Tuesday, February 9 in 219 Animal Science Building at 11:30 am.  The title of his talk is “Optimizing gastrointestinal tract function in avian species”. All are welcome to attend. 

The Prairie Organics Conference: Think Whole Farm is being held at the University of Manitoba in the Agriculture Building on February 18 - 19.  This conference will provide in-depth information to help organic producers build their production and marketing skills.  This is your chance to connect with leading edge researchers, producers and organic buyers in the food services, retail and grain sectors. A tradeshow will allow you to connect with Certification Bodies, grain buyers, equipment and input providers.  For more information and to register for the conference please visit our website:


The Province of Manitoba recently announced $30 million in targeted funding to support Indigenous achievement, research excellence, student scholarships and bursaries. Human Nutritional Sciences student Monica Cyr was included in the official announcement - read more at

Karin Wittenberg, Dean, took part in the Association of Canadian Faculties of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine (ACFAVM) Deans’ Mission to Brazil November 28 to December 6.  They visited a number of universities and research stations, and had meetings with the Canadian Embassy, FAO Brazil, and various government agencies including Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária or EMBRAPA (the Brazilian equivalent of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada). Discussions centred around possible research and academic collaborations. 

James Tucker, Plant Science Ph.D. student supervised by Dilantha Fernando, presented a poster entitled “A Diverse Collection for use in Genomic Selection Approach to Develop FHB Resistance and Lower DON Accumulation in Two-row Barley” at the 2015 National Fusarium Head Blight Forum, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, December 6-8. 

Plant Science students Chami Amarasinghe and Lori Reimer were placed first and third in the graduate student competition (oral) at the Canadian Phytopathological Society Regional Conference held on December 7 at the University of Manitoba. Chami's presentation was titled "Breakdown of mycotoxins: a good fortune or is it really a misfortune" while Lori's presentation was titled " Pseudomonas chlororaphis strain PA23 biocontrol of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum: understanding populations and enhancing inoculation. Both Chami and Lori are supervised by Dilantha Fernando

Dilantha Fernando, Plant Science was an invited speaker at the Canola Industry Meetings held in the Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, December 2-3.  Dilantha's talk was titled "Getting ahead of blackleg: what we know and what we need to do". 

Brian Oleson, Ryan Cardwell and Derek Brewin, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, are attending the 6th Annual Agri-Food Policy Conference in Ottawa January 20-22. The agenda is available at:

Joanne Thiessen Martens, Plant Science, spoke at the annual general meeting of Farmer Direct Co-op in Regina, SK, on January 8 on the topic of nutrient budgets, green manures, and nutrient sustainability on organic farms. Farmer Direct Co-op is an industry partner for an Organic Science Cluster project on nutrient sustainability. About 10 co-op members are working with Joanne and the Natural Systems Agriculture lab on this project. There were approximately 50 farmers and co-op staff in attendance. 

Trust Beta, Food Science, has been appointed to the Editorial Board of Cereal Chemistry as an Associate Editor for a three-year period beginning January 2016. The journal is one of the publications of the American Association of Cereal Chemists International (AACCI). 

The Department of Food Science welcomes Cecilia Castro who joined Trust Beta’s research group January 8 for six months. Cecilia arrived from Peru under the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) of the Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE). Cecilia is studying for an M.Sc. in Food Science and Technology at the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina (UNALM), Lima, Peru. During the six-months of her stay, Cecilia will work on the nutritional and phytochemical profiles of quinoa grown under four environments. 

On Wednesday, the 8th Annual Chili Smackdown competition was held in conjunction with FASO’s chili fundraiser for Siloam Mission. The 2016 Chili Smackdown belt was awarded to Colin Penner, School of Agriculture, for his delicious moose meat chili. Thank you to all of you who came out and supported this fundraiser.  Big thanks to judges Taylor Friesen, Nate Ort, Regan Sarmatiuk and Reg Dyck for bravely offering up their taste buds.


*D’Andreamatteo, C, Slater, J. 2016. Exploring the nutritional vulnerability of homeless men in a Canadian urban setting. Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless. DOI 10.1080/10530789.2015.1116839 (*Trainee) 

Filiz Köksel, Michael T. Nickerson, and Martin G. ScanlonThe Future of Grain Science: Grain Science in Canada: A National Priority. 2015. Cereal Foods World - Volume: 60, Number: 6 (November/December 2015)

Filiz Koksel, Serdar Aritan, Anatoliy Strybulevych, John H. Page, and Martin G. Scanlon. 2016. The bubble size distribution and its evolution in non-yeasted wheat flour doughs investigated by synchrotron X-ray microtomography. Food Research International – Volume 80 (2016) 12–18

Uzoma, K.C., Smith, W., Grant, B., Desjardins, R.L., Gao, X.P., Hanis, K., Tenuta, M., Goglio, P., Li, C.S. 2015. Assessing the effects of agricultural management on nitrous oxide emissions using flux measurements and the DNDC model. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 206: 71-83. 

As part of AACC International's 100th anniversary, six articles were commissioned from "experts around the world (who could) provide global perspectives on the opportunities and challenges that will propel grain science into the future".  In the November/December issue of Cereal Foods World, Dr Filiz Koksel (Food Science) wrote the sixth article in this series with her co-authors Dr Mike Nickerson (University of Saskatchewan) and Martin Scanlon “Grain Science in Canada: A National Priority” (  The article highlighted the implications for research-intensive organizations of the substantial changes in the grains industry of the last 5 years and the implications for future research into the utilization of grains.


The School of Agriculture's farm safety team of Alysa McIntosh, Colin Penner and Thea Green were featured on -

Ryan Cardwell, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, was interviewed for a story on the effects of international trade agreements in Country Guide (January 13) -

Paul Bullock, Soil Science, was quoted in the Western Producer (December 31) on the NASA soil moisture mapping project -

Mario Tenuta, Soil Science, was quoted in Grainews (January 5) the role of the soil microbiome -

Food Science's John Thoroski and the Dairy Pilot Plant have been getting some media coverage for the support provided to dairy entrepreneurs Galina Beilis (Dairy Fairy) and Lisa Dyck (Cornell Creme). Watch Galina Beilis on CBC - and Lisa Dyck on Wheeler in the Morning -

Human Nutritional Sciences Ph.D. student Ala'a Eidah was featured in a Winnipeg Free Press (December 27) story about teaching nutrition and cooking classes to newcomers -


Prairie Organics Conference: Think Whole Farm is recruiting volunteers!  We are recruiting 10 volunteers (5 per day) to work one day (18th or 19th) of the conference. In return, you will receive a full day conference and parking pass that includes lunch and snacks, as well as an invitation to the social events with speakers and producers on February 17 and 18.  For more information and to register as a volunteer please visit our website and click on the volunteer tab:

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

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