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the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences newsletter

January 28, 2016


The Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre re-opens to the public Monday, February 1, after its seasonal break to refresh exhibits and programs. Do you need a unique location for your next meeting or special event? Book the Centre today by contacting Myrna or Elisabeth at or 204-883-2532.

The Manitoba Swine Seminar is happening Wednesday, February 3 and Thursday, February 4 at the Victoria Inn Hotel & Conference Centre in Winnipeg. Among this year's presenters are Animal Science's Martin Nyachoti speaking on "Feeding Piglets: Gut Health for Optimum Growth" and Ehsan Khafipour on "PEDv Survivability and Infectivity in Manure". Martin and Laurie Connor serve on the Swine Seminar organizing committee. To learn more or to register, visit

The Manitoba Soil Science Society 2016 Meeting takes place Thursday, February 4 and Friday, February 5 in Winnipeg. For those that have yet to register, please make your cheque or money order payable to MSSS and send with completed registration form to: Manitoba Soil Science Society (MSSS), c/o Marla Riekman, Department of Soil Science, 362 Ellis Building University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2. For those traveling from out of town and need a room, you can book directly with the Holiday Inn South at (204) 515-5742. Be sure to ask for Manitoba Soil Science Society rate when booking for the group rate.

A Department of Entomology Seminar will be held on Tuesday, February 9 in Room 220 Animal Science/Entomology Building at 10:10 am.  Dr. Bob Lamb, former AAFC researcher, will present "The meaning of lice: population stability of plant lice (a.k.a. aphids) and bird lice”. Refreshments served at 10:00 am.

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.

Come hear Kevin Folta, Professor and Chair, Horticultural Science Department, University of Florida present “Food & Farm Conversations: How to Change the Hearts & Minds of a Concerned Public” on Thursday, February 11 at 2:30 pm in the Richardson International Auditorium, Room 172 Agriculture. All are welcome to attend. Presented by FASO and the Manitoba Canola Growers.

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:

Mark your calendar for September 18-21, 2016 - that is when the Agricultural Bioscience International Conference will take place in Fargo, ND. Themed "Better Food. Better World. Connectiong Public and Private Research", this is billed as the premiere global meeting which promotes innovation in bioscience to ensure sustainable food, feed, fiber and fuel security. Details available at


Dr. Arthur Wilson, an alumnus and former professor with the Transport Institute, passed away on January 25. Dr. Wilson was associated with the Department of Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics in a teaching capacity, and his research focused on grain transportation. For more information, please see his obituary -,last_name%7CASC/.

Monica Cyr, Human Nutritional Sciences M.Sc. student, was recently awarded the Mary Guilbault Métis Bursary through the Louis Riel Institute. This is a highly competitive and prestigious award offered for Métis students - Monica was selected from 58 applicants. Her Master's project delves into Métis cultural foodways and practices.

Joanne Thiessen Martens, Plant Science, spoke at a workshop called “Solutions that Work for Organic Field Crop Production” held in conjunction with Manitoba Ag Days in Brandon on January 21, 2016. Joanne’s topic was soil fertility and nutrient management on organic farms. This workshop was organized by the Organic Food Council of Manitoba and was geared toward farmers interested in transitioning to organic production. Over 60 people attended.

Colin Penner, School of Agriculture, presented at the Keystone Ag Producers Young Farmers Conference on January 27. His topic was "Invest in Your Future, Get Involved".

Laurie Connor, Animal Science, attended a meeting of the National Sow Housing Conversion Project working group (of which she is a member) on January 12 and the Banff Pork Seminar January 12-14.  An abstract in the BPS proceedings of a poster she presented is entitled “Impact of slat and gap widths of concrete slatted floor on sow gait using kinematics”, co-authored by N. Devillers, F. Delijani, E. Janvier, S. Methot, K. Dick, Q. Zhang & L. Connor.  Farhoud Delijani is a Ph.D. student with Kris Dick in Biosystems Engineering.

The following faculty members are now on academic leave: Kim Ominski, Animal Science, January 1/16 to June 30/16 and Jitendra Paliwal, Biosystems Engineering, January 1/16 to June 30/16. The following members have returned from leaves as of December 31/15: Ranjan Sri Ranjan, Biosystems Engineering; Alejandro Costamagna, Entomology; and Genyi Li, Plant Science.


Hanis, K.L., B.D. Amiro, M. Tenuta, T. Papakyriakou and K.A. Swystun.  2015.  Carbon exchange over four growing seasons for a subarctic sedge fen in northern Manitoba, Canada.  Arctic Science 1:27-44.

Amarakoon, I.D., Zvomuya, F., Sura, S., Larney, F.J., Cessna, A.J., Xu, S. and McAllister, T.A. Dissipation of antimicrobials in feedlot manure compost following oral administration vs. fortification post-excretion. J. Environ. Qual. doi:10.2134/jeq2015.07.0408.

Katanda, Y., Zvomuya, F., Flaten, D.N. and Cicek, N. Hog Manure-Recovered Struvite as a Phosphorus Fertilizer for Canola and Wheat: Effects on Biomass Yield and Phosphorus Use Efficiencies. Soil Sci Soc Am J doi: 10.2136/sssaj2015.07.0280.

Zhang., X., Peng, G. Kutcher., R., Balesdent, M.H., Delroume, R., Fernando, W.G.D. 2016. Breakdown of Rlm3 resistance in the Brassica napus - Leptosphaeria maculans pathosystem in western Canada. European Journal of Plant Pathology DOI 10.1007/s10658-015-0819-0.

The remarkable properties of egg-whites were investigated in an interdisciplinary study published last week in the journal, Colloids and Surfaces A.  Former PhD student, Dr Daiva Daugelaite, and Martin Scanlon (both from Food Science) worked with colleagues in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, Reine-Marie Guillermic and John Page, to quantify the drainage properties and stability of egg-white sucrose foams.  The study examined the mechanisms contributing to the superb stability of high gas volume fraction foams made from egg whites that have range of applications in the kitchen and in the food industry.  Capillary forces were seen to be critical for foam stability, and to get strong capillarity, small bubbles (created by long mixing times) are required.  The take home message from the study is that if you want good stable meringues, you need to whip it, whip it good.  -  D. Daugelaite, R.-M. Guillermic, M.G. Scanlon, J.H. Page. Quantifying liquid drainage in egg-white sucrose foams by resistivity measurements. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects 489 (2016) 241-248.


Colin Penner, School of Agriculture, was interviewed on CJOB (January 26) alongside fellow young farmer Simon Ellis - to hear the interview, visit and select "January 26", "6:00 am", and fast forward to 45:45.

Don Flaten, Soil Science, was quoted in the article "Zero tillage can increase P loss" in Grainews (January 19) -

Don and Mario Tenuta, Soil Science, were quoted in the article "Liquid manure is liquid gold" in Grainews (January 19) - read it on page 18 at

Paul Bullock, Soil Science, was quoted in the article "Last frost dates still solid" in the Western Producer (January 14) -

Paul was also quoted in the article "Agro-climate data is a 'mismatch' with overall trends" in the Manitoba Co-operator (January 26) -

Getahun Legesse, Animal Science, was quoted in an article in the Western Producer (January 21) titled "Beef industry reducing greenhouse gas share" on a recent study funded by the Beef Cattle Research Council and conducted by Agriculture Canada and the University of Manitoba  -  The story was also covered by Manitoba Co-operator (January 21) -

Jordan Bannerman, Entomology was quoted in the Manitoba Cooperator (January 28) in the article "Engaging natural
enemies to fight soybean aphids" - read it on page 18 at

The work done by Ana Dal Molin and Barb Sharanowski, Entomology, on a new insect ID app was featured in the article "App will identify bugs and outbreaks in real time" in the Manitoba Cooperator (January 28) - read it on page 38 at


The Prairie Improvement Network (PIN), formerly the Manitoba Rural Adaptation Council, has moved its office into Room 271 of the Agriculture building. Helena Marak, PIN Acting Executive Director, will be working out of this office to forward the PIN Board of Directors directive to establish the Prairie Improvement Network Graduate Fellowship endowment fund. The purpose of the fund is to recognize graduate students focusing on research, including social sciences within the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. It is expected Helena will be with us until early spring to get the fund established while winding down the operations of PIN.

Lights, Camera, Science Action! - NSERC is once again inviting you to submit a 60-second video showcasing science and engineering on our campus for a chance to win one of 15 cash prizes of $3,000. Read more: Contest closes: February 3, 2016 at 4:59 p.m. (EST).

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