Facilities

The Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences has both innovative infrastructure and partnerships that provide a solid foundation for our research. In addition to a variety of research laboratories, the Faculty has a number of major state-of-the-art centres and facilities that allow it to be on the leading edge in research for the 21st Century

Richardson Centre

 

The Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals is in the midst of exciting and ongoing research. Located in Smartpark Research and Technology Park, University of Manitoba, the Centre is dedicated to the discussion, discovery, and development of functional foods and nutraceuticals, with a focus on the crops of the Canadian Prairies.
NCLE The National Centre for Livestock and the Environment (NCLE) is a University of Manitoba-based research community that engages in multi-disciplinary, multi-agency research partnerships to further the long term economic and environmental sustainability of integrated livestock and crop production systems. NCLE draws on the extensive, diverse expertise of the NCLE research team, state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, and multiple research locations.
CWB CGSR The Canadian Wheat Board Centre for Grain Storage Research is a 1,340 square metre, state-of-the-art facility commissioned for the  purpose of doing research into all aspects of grain storing, drying, handling and quality monitoring under one roof. Activities within the building consist of integrated research studies into grain storage and handling with an aim to preserve stored grain in Canada and around the world.
  The T.K. Cheung Centre for Animal Science Research is used extensively for teaching and training of undergraduate and graduate students and for visiting scientists. The modern and flexible facilities are used to facilitate laboratory classes, individual training programs, and institutional animal care training programs. Additionally, it is used to facilitate the extension and outreach activities of the Department of Animal Science and the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. Students from local and visiting elementary and high schools visit the centre to gain an appreciation of how animals are raised to provide food for humans.
  The Large Animal Biosecurity Laboratory focuses on comparative gut microbiology. Research looks at how diet affects gut microbes, how the microbes affect host gene expression, and how gut microbes affect the environment. A suite of specialized 
laboratories and animal rooms allows work to be done with infectious microorganisms.
  The Ian N. Morrison Field Research Farm, Carman and Region Facility, located at Carman, 70 km southwest of Winnipeg, is home to the Faculty’s off-campus field crop research. This 165 ha site features a $1.5 million building that houses a wet lab, seed lab and cleaning equipment; computer facilities; and classrooms for teaching and extension programs. A full line of small plot field research equipment is available at the site. One full-time technician is based at the farm. A branch office of Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives is located in Carman. This provides an excellent opportunity for U of M faculty and provincial extension specialists to work together.
  The Point Field Research Laboratory is a 43 hectare parcel of land located on the University of Manitoba's Fort Garry campus, in an oxbow of the Red River. The Point is used for agronomy, plant breeding, horticulture, physiology, and plant pathology research. A full line of small plot field research equipment is available at the Point. The Point buildings house crop handling, drying and seed storage areas. 
  Pilot food plants. The Department of Food Science has two pilot scale food processing plants – one used for non-dairy product work; the second, a fully licensed and inspected dairy.
  Alternative Village: The 0.6 ha “village” sits on the south-west of the university campus. It is a unique laboratory that allows researchers, students and industry to study alternative building systems, components, and materials that are beyond currently available options. The site can accommodate up to five learning modules (buildings) to do comparative studies in such areas as energy efficiency.
  Grains for Health Foundation: Initially a research partnership among the universities of Manitoba, Minnesota, Cornell and Kansas State, the foundation now includes representation from a variety of government and university research agencies in Europe, South America and Australia. The chair of the board of directors is at the University of Manitoba. The foundation is working on ways to increase the consumption of grains and grain products to enhance human health.