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February 26, 2016


The Canadian Agriculture and Food Museum has made Winnipeg a stop on the International Year of Pulses Travelling Display tour. Check it out at the Polo Park Shopping Mall Saturday, February 27 to Thursday, March 3, in celebration of Canadian Agriculture Literacy Week.

A Human Nutritional Sciences Graduate Seminar entitled "The acute effects of extruded pulse ingredients in snacks and cereals on glycemic response, appetite, and food intake in adults" will be presented by Alie Johnston on Tuesday, March 1 at 3:00 pm in 206 Human Ecology Building.

A special seminar hosted by the National Centre for Livestock and the Environment on Tuesday, March 1, at 3:30 pm in Carolyn Sifton Theatre, Rm 130 Agriculture Building. Dr. Robin White, USDA Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences, Education and Literacy Initiative Post-Doctoral Scholar, Department of Dairy Science, Virginia Tech, will present "Farm to fork considerations of animal protein products in the food system". Refreshements at 3:00 pm - All are welcome!

A Department of Entomology Seminar will be held on Tuesday, March 8 in Room 220 Animal Science/Entomology Building at 10:10 am.  Dr. Justin Talley, Oklahoma State University, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, DEGSA Invited Speaker, Endowment Fund Speaker Series, will present “Ticks, flies, and delusionary parasitosis: Experiences in veterinary entomology”. Refreshments served at 10:00 am.

A Human Nutritional Sciences Graduate Seminar entitled "Effects of dietary oils on rat brain oxylipin composition" will be presented by Afroza Ferdouse on Tuesday, March 8 at 3:00 pm in 206 Human Ecology Building.

A Soil Science Seminar will be held Wednesday, March 9, 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Room 346 Ellis Building. Francis Zvomuya, Soil Science, will present - topic TBA.

The Manitoba Direct Farm Marketing Conference will be March 11-12 at Canad Inns in Portage la Prairie. This year’s lineup of presenters has something for everyone, from production to marketing and everything in between. The team from the Manitoba Consumer Monitor Food Panel will be presenting on local and organic food consumption trends and perceptions. For more info or to register online visit

A Human Nutritional Sciences Graduate Seminar entitled "Let medicine be your food and food be your medicine: Empowering Métis-Indigenous Identity and Increasing Food Security through (Re)membering, (Re)learning, and (Re)vitalizing Traditional Foods and Protocols" will be presented by Monica Cyr on Tuesday, March 15 at 3:00 pm in 206 Human Ecology Building.


The Department of Human Nutritional Sciences is proud to report yet another student winner - Karlee Dyck placed first in the finals of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. Karlee's thesis was "Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Are pregnant women getting enough nutrients to reduce the risk?" which she had to deliver in three minutes to the judges and audience last night. She beat out 11 other competitors, winning $5000 and the opportunity to attend the Western Regional Three Minute Thesis competition on April 29 at UBC-Okanagan in Kelowna, BC. Karlee's advisor is Miyoung Suh.

The Western Grains Research Foundation and the University of Manitoba have renewed their partnership in wheat breeding. WGRF will invest $1.9 million over five years into professor Anita Brûlé-Babel’s winter wheat breeding program and the fusarium head blight (FHB) nursery. Read more at

The Faculty has learned of the recent passing of retired Food Science professor, Dr. Anne Ismond. We will share more details as they come available.

Karin Wittenberg, Dean, Martin Scanlon, Associate Dean (Research) and David Levin, Biosystems Engineering attended the 2016 Life Science Association of Manitoba Gala evening. We were very pleased two of our Human Nutritional Sciences graduate students were featured over the course of the evening. Ifeanyi Nwachukwu, Ph.D. candidate, and Karlee Dyck, M.Sc. candidate, were nominated as two of three most promising life science students recognized that evening.  Both gave short presentations highlighting the impacts of their research. 

Karin and Peter Jones, Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals, are a part of the Science Advisory Body for the Pulse Science Cluster. The Advisory Body met in Saskatoon on February 22 and 23 met to review Pulse Cluster Projects.

Dilantha Fernando, Plant Scince, was invited by the Indian Phytopathological Society to give a Lead Lecture at the ISP 6th International Conference held in New Delhi, India from February 23-27. Dilantha's presentation title was "Understanding key mechanisms in biocontrol: are we there yet?"

Kris Dick, Biosystems Engineering, was in Honduras with his student group February 13-22 working at a school in rural Honduras. Along with project manager Luis Midence, Biosystems Engineering student and six others from Biosystems, Civil and Mechanical they completed a rainwater collection system with sand filter in addition to a kitchen enclosure using rammed earth PVC columns and a new connecting system for metal roofing, all in five busy days. Students work on this design before leaving and then implement it in country. They stay with host families while at the project site to gain some insight into life in rural Honduras.

Getahun Legesse, Animal Science, was an invited speaker at the 21st Annual Cattlemen’s College event that took place in Toronto on February 16. The event was organized by the Beef Farmers of Ontario. The title of Getahun's talk was "The Environmental Footprint of Canadian Beef Production".

Colin Penner, School of Agriculture, is presenting at the Canadian Young Farmers' Forum 2016 annual national young farmers conference in Vancouver, BC February 26-29. He will be providing a vitural tour of his farm at Elm Creek.

Thea Green, School of Agriculture, was an invited speaker at a Manitoba Farm Writers and Broadcasters Association luncheon on February 25 as part of a panel on the topic of farm safety. Thea described the farm safety education program at the University of Manitoba that engages diploma students in unique ways to learn about current legislation and safe work procedures and to explore issues and solutions.

SET Day 2016 was a big success, with nearly 200 students exploring science, engineering and technology on the University of Manitoba campus on February 19. A big thanks to Human Nutritional Sciences and the NCLE/Glenlea/Discovery Centre team for putting on very popular workshops. See the collection of day's tweets at


Disproportionation!  Although this sounds like the process by which new COPSE funds are disbursed by Central, it’s actually a physically-driven phenomenon where surface tension effects cause gas flow from small bubbles to adjacent larger ones.  In bread dough, the very large number of gas bubbles and their broad distribution of sizes ensures that there is a lot of disproportionation; accurate quantification of how fast it occurs in a real (bulk) sample of this opaque fragile material has eluded civilization until now.  Filiz Koksel, a postdoctoral fellow in Food Science, led an international (Canada, Turkey) and interdisciplinary (Food Science, Biomechanics, Physics) team that studied disproportionation rates using the hard x-ray beamline at the Canadian Light Source in Saskatoon.  The synchrotron’s high photon flux allowed high-contrast three-dimensional images of the bubble distributions in bread dough to be acquired non-invasively.  From an analysis of the dynamics of bubble size changes, we proposed the mechanism for gas transport in this soft solid, and what it implies for gas cell structure development in a loaf of bread. - Koksel, F., Aritan, S., Strybulevych, A., Page, J.H. and Scanlon, M.G. 2016. The bubble size distribution and its evolution in non-yeasted wheat flour doughs investigated by synchrotron X-ray microtomography. Food Research International 80: 12-18.

Beta T., Chisi M., Monyo E.S., (2016) Sorghum: Harvest, Storage, and Transport. In: Wrigley, C., Corke, H., and Seetharaman, K., Faubion, J., (eds.) Encyclopedia of Food Grains, 2nd Edition, pp. 54-61 Oxford: Academic Press.

Beta T., Duodu K.G., (2016) Bioactives: Antioxidants. In: Wrigley, C., Corke, H., and Seetharaman, K., Faubion, J., (eds.) Encyclopedia of Food Grains, 2nd Edition, pp. 277-282 Oxford: Academic Press.

Beta T., Isaak C., (2016) Grain Production and Consumption: Overview. In: Wrigley, C., Corke, H., and Seetharaman, K., Faubion, J., (eds.) Encyclopedia of Food Grains, 2nd Edition, pp. 349-358 Oxford: Academic Press.

Jeke, N.N., F. Zvomuya, N. Cicek, L. Ross, and P. Badiou. 2015. Biomass, nutrient, and trace element accumulation and partitioning in cattail (Typha latifolia L.) during wetland phytoremediation of municipal biosolids. J. Environ. Qual. 44:1541-1549.


Kateryn Rochon, Entomology, was interviewed by CBC for the story "Canadian mosquito tests for Zika virus transmission begin" -

Don Flaten, Soil Science, was quoted in the article "Cities have nutrient recycling role too, soil scientist says" in the Manitoba Co-operator (February 18) -

Mario Tenuta, Soil Science, was quoted in the article "Keeping the nematode at bay" in the Soybean Guide (Februrary 2016) -

Alumni Jonthan and Stefan Bouw and their parents are featured in the article "Intergenerational farm takes holistic approach" in the Western Producer (February 18) -

Martin Nyachoti, Animal Science, was quoted on Farmscape (February 23) in the article "Palatability and Digestibility Key to Starting Piglets on Solid Feed" -

Yvonne Lawley, Plant Science and Don Flaten and Paul Bullock, Soil Science, were quoted in "Corn isn’t just about crop heat units" in Country Guide (February 23) -


The Endowment Fund Committee of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences is once again seeking proposals from alumni, students, and academic and support staff of the Faculty for special projects requiring funding. The Endowment Fund, generously supported by alumni, students and staff of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, has raised over $3.8 million to date. The interest generated by this fund is used to provide teaching and other resources for the Faculty. This year, approximately $190,000 is available to fund a variety of faculty-directed projects, from teaching and research projects to extension and student recruitment activities. The fund has also been allocated for scholarships, visiting scientists and lecturers, field trips, and library acquisitions. If you have a project consistent with the academic goals of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, and you are an alumni, student or staff member, please submit an application via email to Heather Wiebe at by NOON Monday, February 29, 2016. Applications are available online at:

Fiscal Year End - Our fiscal year end of March 31, 2016 is fast approaching. Staff are reminded to make all purchases, travel and business claims soon. For year-end guidelines and schedule, please see Financial Services website at

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