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AG e-news January 27, 2022

January 27, 2022 — 

News and events from the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences


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Tuesday, February 1 – The Entomology Seminar Series features Leithen M’Gonigle, Simon Fraser University on the topic “The birds and the bees: how changing climate and land-use impact diverse communities”. Chatting and announcements start at 10:00 am, seminars start at 10:10 am. Zoom meeting instructions are emailed just prior to the event. To be added to the mailing list, contact Kyle Bobiwash at

Tuesday, February 1 – A Department of Animal Science Seminar will be held on WebEx. Tao Wang, MSc student, will be giving an extension presentation on “Application of sodium metabisulfite in swine nutrition”.  Ashlyn Scott, MSc student, will be giving an extension presentation on “Understanding the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on animal agriculture”.  Arantxa Asun, MSc student, will be giving an extension presentation on “Applications of organic minerals in ruminants”.  To learn more, contact

Tuesday, February 1 – The Food and Human Nutritional Sciences Seminar Series takes place at 3:00 pm with a presentation from Dr. Heather Blewett, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canadian Centre for Agri-Food Research in Health and Medicine, on the topic “Studying the post-prandial glycaemic response to barley in healthy adults”.  To watch, request the MS Teams link by emailing

Tuesday, February 1 – The Faculty Conversation Series is back and will feature Kim Ominski, Animal Science, Tim McAllister, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and Herman Peters, Birkland Farms on “Closing the loop: Recycling food waste in integrated crop-livestock production systems”. Event starts at 3:30 pm. Livestream link –

Thursday, February 3 – The Advanced Plant Science Seminar Series takes place at 3:00 pm with a presentation from Dr. Guillaume Bilodeau, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, on the topic “High throughput sequencing technologies used in plant pathology regulatory research: From marker development to metagenomics”. To watch, request the MS Teams link by emailing

Tuesday, February 8 – A Department of Animal Science Seminar will be held on WebEx. Oluwakemi Omotosho, MSc student, will be giving scientific presentation on “Development, characterization and validation of a recombinant cELISA for the rapid detection of H5 Avian Influenza antibodies in poultry animals”.  Aaron Knodel, MSc student, will be giving a poster presentation – topic TBD.  To learn more, contact

Wednesday, February 9 – Join us for the for the 12th Annual Kraft Lecture, which will feature Ryan Cardwell, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, on the topic “Capturing Policy: Rent Seeking and Unintended Consequences in Food & Agricultural Policy” at 3:00 pm via Zoom webinar. Pre-register at The Daryl F. Kraft Lecture is arranged by the Department of Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, with the support of the Solomon Sinclair Farm Management Institute, and in cooperation with the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences and the Manitoba Institute of Agrologists. Everyone is welcome.

Thursday, February 10 – The Advanced Plant Science Seminar Series takes place at 3:00 pm with a presentation from Dr. Cholani Weebadde, Michigan State University, on the topic “Global breeding beyond borders”. To watch, request the MS Teams link by emailing

Thursday, February 24 – The Advanced Plant Science Seminar Series takes place at 3:00 pm with a presentation from Dr. Bourlaye Fofana, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada/PEI, on the topic “Post-harvest and horticulture”. To watch, request the MS Teams link by emailing

March 16-18 – Save the date for the Sustainability of Canadian Agriculture 2022 virtual conference, hosted by the National Centre for Livestock and the Environment, University of Manitoba, HOLOS and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.  Bookmark to learn more.



Rotimi Aluko, Food and Human Nutritional Sciences, has been appointed a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Bioactive Peptides. Rotimi’s research program will elucidate how the chain arrangement of amino acids affect potency of peptides against proteins that play critical roles in maintaining normal body functions. The outcome of the research will provide new peptide tools for improved human nutrition. Read more at

Garrett Sawatzky,  School of Agriculture, was presented with the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Teaching Award of Merit and Chelsey Walchuk, Food and Human Nutritional Sciences, and Uduak Edet, Biosystems Engineering, were selected to receive the Graduate Student Teaching Award of Merit.  NACTA awards. These awards are given annually to individuals who excel in teaching an agricultural discipline.

The Glenlea Research Station swine and dairy teams have been once again recognized by industry for their achievements in production and animal care. The dairy team was presented with the highest milk value herd award by Dairy Farmers of Manitoba at their AGM in December. The swine unit was also recently presented with the Topigs Norsvin 28+ Club Award. Read more at

Taylen Trinh, Masters student in Agricultural Economics, won first prize in the Student Policy Brief Competition (hosted by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada) which was part of the 12th Annual Canadian Agri-Food Policy Conference held January 18-19 by the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society. Taylen will receive a cash prize and four month contract with AAFC.  Several faculty members spoke at the conference including Ryan Cardwell, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, on the topic “Food Policies and Markets Two Years into the Covid-19 Pandemic” and Kyle Bobiwash, Entomology, on the topic “Indigenous Issues in Food Systems”.

As reported earlier, Michael Eskin, Food and Human Nutritional Sciences, was selected to receive the Order of Manitoba for his world-recognized research into canola oil and his excellence in food science writing. The formal investiture ceremony took place October 28 and can be viewed here at the 1:00:45 mark –  –

The governments of Canada and Manitoba are providing $1.5 million for Manitoba Egg Farmers to establish the Egg Layer Research and Public Engagement Facility at the University of Manitoba’s Glenlea Research Station – read more at

The Faculty is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Cristina Rosell as Head of the Department of Food And Human Nutritional Sciences effective January 16, 2022. Cristina comes to the UM from her former position as Full Research Professor in the Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology (IATA), a component of the Spanish Council for Scientific Research. As Vice Director and then Director of IATA, Cristina led one of the top five institutes dedicated to food research and innovation in Spain. She was also Associate Professor of the University of Valencia and during her career she has been invited professor in North Carolina State University, La Trobe University (Australia), and University of California Davis. She received her MSc and PhD in Pharmacy from Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Her area of expertise focuses on enhancing the marketability and healthfulness of cereals and grains commodities and processed products. Using fundamental and applied research approaches Cristsina seeks to develop new value-added products to meet consumer and producer demands for quality, healthy, nutritious and sensory acceptable baked products.  She can be reached at

The Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences (FHNS) also welcomes Dr. Dylan MacKay to the role of Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Chronic Diseases, with a cross appointment in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Internal Medicine – Section Endocrinology effective January 1, 2022. Dylan received his BSc and MSc degrees in Biochemistry from the Memorial University of Newfoundland and his PhD in Human Nutritional Sciences from the University of Manitoba. He was previous based at the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation, as the Clinical Trials Research Manager, and was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences. His research focuses on clinical trials in nutrition, especially in the area of diabetes and chronic kidney disease. He can be reached at

The Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences also welcomes Kristin Hildahl-Shawn as an Instructor 1 effective January 1, 2022. Kristin received her BSc in Human Nutritional Sciences and a MEd in Adult and Post-Secondary Education from the University of Manitoba. She is also a Registered Dietitian and has worked for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, coordinating a nutrition training program for home care staff, and has run her own nutrition consulting practice in the past. She worked as a sessional instructor for many years, teaching both in person and online courses at UM, has developed three online nutrition courses for the Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences, and has taught online courses for the past 13 years. Kristin will be teaching nutrition for health courses. She can be reached at

The Department of Animal Science welcomes new faculty member Dr. Hooman Derakhshani as Assistant Professor in Applied Animal Microbiology effective January 1, 2022. Hooman received a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Tehran in Iran, a MSc in Animal Science from the University of Queensland in Australia, and PhD in microbiome-host interaction from the University of Manitoba. Hooman was most recently a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Medicine at McMaster University where he had been working on the culturomics of the human microbiome, and has also been a guest lecturer and lab coordinator in the Department of Animal Science at UM. He is looking to establish a research program in the area of applied animal microbiology with a focus of microbiome base therapeutics.  He can be reached at

The Department of Soil Science welcomes new faculty member Dr. Afua Mante as Assistant Professor in Soil Physical Processes effective January 16. Afua received her BSc in Agricultural Engineering and MSc in Water Supply and Environmental Sanitation from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana, an MSc in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Biosystems Engineering from the University of Manitoba. She served as a sessional instructor and a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Soil Science, University of Manitoba, before joining the department as a faculty member. She will be teaching soil physics courses, and will develop a research program that focuses on the interaction of soil physical properties and processes with plants, field management practices, and the environment. She can be reached at

The Glenlea Research Station is pleased to announce the appointment of Archimedes Isit as the Agricultural Attendant 4 within the Swine Unit as of December 4, 2021. Archimedes completed his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in the Philippines before moving to Canada and accumulating 14 years of animal care experience within the Manitoba swine industry. Archimedes will supervise all activities within the GRS swine facility. He can be reached at or 431-334-9204.

Peter Frohlich joined the National Center for Livestock and the Environment (NCLE) Team as the Research Development Coordinator in October 2021 after a three-year appointment at the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals. Peter has over twenty years of experience working in Canadian agriculture with activities focused on value-add ingredient manufacturing, food product development and processing, nutrition, and communications.  As the newest team member with the NCLE, Peter is excited to work closely with the research community and the value chain to further the long term economic and environmental sustainability of integrated livestock and crop production systems and to advance Canada’s agriculture industry. He can be reached at

The Department of Plant Science welcomed Susan Ness as Assistant to the Department Head on November 10, 2021. Susan came from the Department of Immunology where she held an administrative position since 2002.  Susan has an MA in Major Political Sciences from UM, and has worked at the university since 1989.  Besides providing support to the leadership team, Susan will also assist with other administrative and secretarial  duties.  She can be reached at

The Department of Plant Science also welcomes Emily Wolverton as Office Assistant to join the administrative staff in the general office as of January 24. Emily received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) degree from UM in 2019.  She comes to us with most recent experience as an office administrator at a privately owned business.  She will provide a variety of clerical and administrative support functions for the Department and can be reached at

The Department of Animal Science is pleased to announce that Wajiha Shahzad will be joining the office staff starting on February 1 on a temporary basis. Wajiha completed her Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the I.H. Asper School of Business in 2018. Since graduating, she has had the opportunity to fill administrative roles in both the supply and property management/investment sectors. She can be contacted after February 1 at

Yvonne Lawley, Plant Science, and  graduate student Callum Morrison have shared the results from the 2020 Prairie Cover Crop Survey which capture a snapshot of the use and grower observations of this new practice. The report suggests that cover crops are becoming established in the Prairies and can be grown in a wide range of locations and environments across Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.   Read more at

Rotimi Aluko, Trust Beta, and Pamela Drawbridge, PhD candidate, from Food and Human Nutritional Sciences, were the invited guest speakers at a virtual international seminar in October organized by the Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences. Rotimi presented “Blood pressure-reducing effect of wheat bread formulated with leaf polyphenol extract”, Trust presented “Phytochemicals in Cereals as important components for grain-based Functional Foods: Phenolics as Exemplary Compounds” and Pamela presented “Bioaccessible Phenolic Compounds in Canadian Hulless Barley Varieties”.

Rotimi was an invited speaker at the 10th International Symposium of Food Innovation and Development (Innova 2021) organized by Latitud – Fundación LATU, Montevideo, Uruguay held virtually in October – he presented “Functional and bioactive properties of hemp seed proteins and peptides”.  He was also an invited presenter at the virtual international seminar organized by the Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences in Decmeber on the topic “Antihypertensive effect of cod and salmon protein hydrolysates after oral administration to spontaneously hypertensive rats”.

Joyce Slater, Food and Human Nutritional Sciences, presented a webinar for the Canadian Nutrition Society on January 6 titled “Food Literacy: A Competency Progression Framework for Children and Youth”.  Joyce also presented to Food Matters Manitoba at their Speaker Series on the research project “COVID-19: First wave impacts on the charitable food sector in Manitoba” in September.

Michael Eskin, Food and Human Nutritional Sciences, signed a contract with CRC Press/Taylor and Francis group for a book titled “Canolol and Derivatives: Chemistry, Extraction Properties and Health Applications.” He will be co-editing and coauthoring several chapters with Dr. Betrand Matthaus, an eminent German Lipid  Chemist. The book was originally planned to include the late Dr. Usha Thiyam Hollander but will be dedicated to her. The contributors include her former supervisor as well as colleagues and students from around the globe. This is the second book Michael has edited with Dr. Matthaus.

Michael has been invited as the keynote speaker at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Section of the American Oil Chemists’ Society in February 2022.

Kateryn Rochon, Entomology, was invited to give the “Highlights in Veterinary Entomology” presentation at the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America held in Denver, CO, October 31-November 3, 2021. The “Highlights” presentations attract a large audience of peers every year and are focused on important recent developments in the field. She was also invited to speak at the annual meeting of the Société d’entomologie du Québec held November 25-26 online. Her presentation “ « Une seule santé », parce que nous faisons partie d’un tout” was part of the special symposium on medical and forensic entomology.

The undergraduate FHNS student group, NECO (Nutrition Education and Community Outreach), has started a podcast with the goal to “promote food and nutrition literacy”. Hosts Mariah Arches and Harnoor Kaur interview other students and faculty members on various food and nutrition literacy topics. The podcasts are available on Spotify at

The new year marks people coming and going on leaves.  Now on research study leave are Julieta Frank, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics (January 1-July 1, 2022) and Claudia Narvaez, Food and Human Nutritional Sciences (January 15-July 15, 2022).  Returning from leave is David Lobb, Soil Science.

We also bid farewell to several faculty and staff members who retired – Paul Bullock, Soil Science, Anita Brûlé-Babel, Plant Science, and Bev Godard, Plant Science.



Alum Derek Bunkowsky shares his career journey from Diploma in Agriculture to the Canadian Grain Commission in the Manitoba Co-operator (Jan 17) article “Canada’s chief grain inspector knows the grain industry” –

A volunteer canola study led by Rob Gulden, Plant Science, was highlighted in the Top Crop Manager (Jan 5) article “Agronomy update: Volunteer canola competition in soybean is intense ” –

Ryan Cardwell, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, was quoted in the article “Canada’s food future ” in the Canadian Bar Association National magazine (January 3) –

Nasem Badreldin, Soil Science, was quoted in the article “The Nile Delta’s Disappearing Farmland” on the NASA Earth Observatory news blog (December 14)  –

Mario Tenuta, Soil Science, highlighted work being done by PhD student Nazanin Ghavami in the article “Dealing with Soybean Cyst Nematode in Manitoba” in  Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers publication Pulse Beat (Fall/Winter 2021) –

Yvonne Lawley, Plant Science, and Virginia Janzen, MSc student, shared their work in the Pulse Beat (Fall/Winter 2021) article “Fall rye termination timing in Manitoba soybean production” –

Alumni Kristine and Graham Tapley are featured in the article “The faces of sustainable food” in Conservator Magazine (Fall 2021) –

The Fields on Wheels Conference held in December was featured in the Winnipeg Free Press (December 15) – and on Golden West community portal news sites (December 13) –

Easton Sellers, School of Agriculture, and the new Diploma agricultural technology course were featured in the article “Farmers watch crops develop in real time” in Manitoba Co-operator (December 14) –

Dylan MacKay, Food and Human Nutritional Sciences, and Sijo Joseph, FHNS adjunct professor, were featured in the story “Feeling your oats?” in the Winnipeg Free Press (December 12) –

Graduate student Callum Morrison and Yvonne Lawley, Plant Science, were interviewed in the article “Cover crop survey reveals risks and benefits” in Manitoba Co-operator (November 30) –

The Agriculture Mentorship Program for Women in Agricultural Studies coordinated by Annemieke Farenhorst and Siobhan Maas was featured in The Manitoban (November 30) article “Women in agriculture connect students and researchers” –

Alum David Yarycky was interviewed in the Manitoba Co-operator (November 26) article “A peek inside a brand new grain elevator” –

Jitendra Paliwal, Associate Dean (Academic and Graduate Programs), was quoted in “Professional farming” in Country Guide (November 3) –

Mario Tenuta, Soil Science, was quoted in the article “Urease inhibitors can make nitrogen more efficient” in the Manitoba Co-operator (October 19) –

Martin Scanlon, Dean, was quoted in the article “New crops and soils research plan at U of M gets canola funding” in the Western Producer (October 4) –

Xiaopeng Gao, Soil Science, was quoted in the article “Soil testing even more crucial after drought year” in the Manitoba Co-operator (September 23) –

Sonia Wilson, Plant Science MSc student with Rob Duncan and Claudio Stasolla, was quoted in the artcle “How to improve yield with genetics” in Canola Digest (September 2021) –



The following publication was Editors Choice in the Canadian Journal of Animal Science:   Kim Ominski, Kebebe Gunte, Karin Wittenberg, Getahun Legesse, Genet Mengistu, and Tim McAllister. The role of livestock in sustainable food production systems in Canada. Canadian Journal of Animal Science. 101(4): 591-601.

Rochon, K., J.A. Hogsette, P.E. Kaufman, P.U. Olafson, S.L. Swiger, and D.B. Taylor. 2021. Stable fly (Diptera: Muscidae) – biology, management, and research needs. Journal of Integrated Pest Management 12(1):38. DOI:

Thiessen Martens, J. R., Entz, M. H., Schneider, K. D., Zvomuya, F., & Wilson, H. F. (2021). Response of organic grain and forage crops to struvite application in an alkaline soil. Agronomy Journal. 1– 16.

Concepcion, A, Kumaragamage, D, Akinremi, W, Dharmakeerthi, S, Goltz, D, and Indraratne, S. Phosphorus release from intact soil monoliths of manure-amended fields under simulated snowmelt flooding. J. Environ. Qual. 2021; 50: 252– 263.

Smith, G. P., Gardner, J., Gibbs, J., Griswold, T., Hauser, M., Yanega, D., and Ponisio, L. C.. 2021. Sex-associated differences in the network roles of pollinators. Ecosphere 12( 12):e03863. 10.1002/ecs2.3863

Allen-Perkins, A., and 186 others including, J. Gibbs, and K. Bobiwash, (2022), CropPol: a dynamic, open and global database on crop pollination. Ecology. Accepted Author Manuscript e3614.

Paul Gregoire, Jonathan D. Rosset, and Robert H. Gulden. Volunteer Brassica napus (L.) interference with soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.]: management thresholds, plant growth, and seed return. Canadian Journal of Plant Science. 101(4): 556-567.

As part of a Special Issue of Sustainable Future Protein Foods (
Nasibeh Y. Sinaki, Mustafa Tugrul Masatcioglu, Jitendra Paliwal and Filiz Koksel. Development of Cellular High-Protein Foods: Third-Generation Yellow Pea and Red Lentil Puffed Snacks. Foods 2022, 11(1), 38;

Dasriya V, Samtiya M, Dhewa T, Puniya M, Kumar S, Ranveer S, Chaudhary V, Vij S, Behare P, Singh N, Aluko RE, Puniya AK. 2022. Etiology and management of Alzheimer’s disease: potential role of gut microbiota modulation with probiotics supplementation. J. Food Biochem. 46, 14043.

Yu B, Wu W, Wang B, Zhang N, Bak KH, Soladoye OP, Aluko RE, Zhang Y, Fu Y. 2022. Maillard-reacted peptides from glucosamine-induced glycation exhibit a pronounced salt taste-enhancing effect. Food Chem. 374, 131776.

Sun A, Wu W, Soladoye OP, Aluko RE, Bak KH, Fu Y, Zhang Y. 2022. Maillard reaction of food-derived peptides as a potential route to generate meat flavor compounds: A review. Food Res. Int. 151, 110823.

Tagrida M, Prodpran T, Zhang B, Aluko RE, Benjakul S. 2021. Liposomes loaded with betel leaf (Piper betle L.) ethanolic extract prepared by thin film hydration and ethanol injection methods: Characteristics and antioxidant activities. J. Food Biochem. 45, 14012.

Asen ND, Badamasi AT, Gborigo JT, Aluko RE, Girgih AT. 2021. Comparative evaluation of the antioxidant properties of whole peanut flour, defatted peanut protein meal and peanut protein concentrate. Frontiers Sust. Food Syst. 5, 765364.

Samtiya M, Acharya S, Pandey KK, Aluko RE, Udenigwe CC, Dhewa T. 2021. Production, purification, and potential health applications of edible seeds’ bioactive peptides: A concise review. Foods, 10, 2696.

Shuluwa E-M, Famuwagun AA, Ahure D, Ukeyima M, Aluko RE, Gbenyi DI, Girgih AT. 2021. Amino acid profiles and in vitro antioxidant properties of cereal-legume flour blends. J. Food Bioact. 14, 94-101.

Oluwagunwa OA, Alashi AM, Aluko RE. 2021. Inhibition of the in vitro activities of α-amylase and pancreatic lipase by aqueous extracts of Amaranthus viridis, Solanum macrocarpon and Telfairia occidentalis leaves. Frontiers Nutr. In press.

Alashi AM, Wu H, Aluko RE. 2021. Indigestible cowpea proteins reduced plasma cholesterol after long-term oral administration to Sprague-Dawley rats. Food Prod. Process. Nutr. 3, 16.

Sae-leaw T, Aluko RE, Chantakun K, Benjakul S. 2021. Physicochemical, antioxidant and sensory properties of ready-to-drink chrysanthemum tea fortified with hydrolyzed collagen from Salmon scale Ossein. J. Aquat. Food Prod. Technol. In press.

Osemwota EC, Alashi AM, Aluko RE. 2021. Comparative study of the structural and functional properties of membrane-isolated and isoelectric pH precipitated green lentil seed protein isolates. Membranes 11, 694.

Nwachukwu ID, Sarteshnizi RA, Udenigwe CC, Aluko RE. 2021. A concise review of current in vitro chemical and cell-based antioxidant assay methods. Molecules 26, 4865.

Chotphruethipong L, Binlateh T, Hutamekalin P, Sukketsiri W, Aluko RE, Benjakul S. 2021. Hydrolyzed collagen from defatted sea bass skin and its conjugate with epigallocatechin gallate: In vitro antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, wound-healing and anti-obesity activities. Food Biosci. 43, 101303.

Chotphruethipong L, Binlateh T, Hutamekalin P, Aluko RE, Tepaamorndech S, Zhang B, Benjakul S. 2021. Impact of hydrolyzed collagen from defatted sea bass skin on proliferation and differentiation of preosteoblast MC3T3-E1 cells. Foods, 10, 1476.

Famuwagun AA, Alashi AM, Gbadamosi SO, Taiwo KA, Oyedele DJ, Adebooye OC, Aluko RE. 2021. Effect of protease type and peptide size on the in vitro antioxidant, antihypertensive and anti-diabetic activities of eggplant leaf protein hydrolysates. Foods, 10, 1112.

Lu Y, Wang J, Soladoye OP, Aluko RE, Fu Y, Zhang Y. 2021. Preparation, receptors, bioactivity and bioavailability of γ-glutamyl peptides: A comprehensive review. Trends Food Sci. Technol. 113, 301–314.

Chotphruethipong L, Binlateh T, Hutamekalin P, Aluko RE, Benjakul S. 2021. In vitro antioxidant and wound-healing activities of hydrolyzed collagen from defatted Asian sea bass skin as influenced by different enzyme type and hydrolysis process. RSC Advances 11, 18144-18151.

Idowu AO, Famuwagun AA, Fagbemi TN, Aluko RE. 2021. Antioxidant and enzyme-inhibitory properties of sesame seed protein fractions and their isolate and hydrolyzate. Int. J. Food Prop. 24, 780–795.

Pilli, B, Slater, J. Food experiences and dietary patterns of international students at a Canadian university. 2021. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research. 82:100-106 DOI:

Fife, D, Fordyce-Voorham, S, Worsley, A, Slater, J. 2021. Food literacy education in Manitoba, Canada and Victoria, Australia: A comparative pilot study. International Journal of Home Economics. 13(2):16-28



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. Deadline to nominate is February 28, 2022. More information about the nomination process including a list of previous recipients can be found at

The Department of Biosystems Engineering has posted the position of Instructor I or II and invite applications from Indigenous scholars. Deadline to apply is February 15 – see the posting here

The Department of Biosystems Engineering has posted the position of Assistant Professor in Sustainability Engineering. Deadline to apply is March 1 – see the posting here

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 Indigenous Awards of Excellence. The awards recognize individuals who are going above and beyond to make the University of Manitoba an inclusive and supportive learning environment. Criteria and details on how to nominate an Indigenous UM student, faculty or staff member can be found here: Nominations are due Friday, February 4, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact, Indigenous Engagement and Communications, Office of the Vice-President (Indigenous).

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority-Manitoba Partnership Dietetic Education Program has received approval to extend their Internship program for one additional year (2022-23) to accommodate the delay in launching the FHNS Masters of Applied Human Nutrition program (now anticipated to start in Fall 2023).

Release of textile fibers into the world’s waterways is a serious environmental issue.  In the fall of 2021, the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) launched a new test method to measure the release of fibre fragments during home laundering.  To create an opportunity for learning, the Institute of Textile Science ( is offering a free webinar entitled “The History of AATCC TM212, Test Method for Fiber Release During Laundry” on Wednesday, February 9 from 1 to 1:30 p.m (EST). Register at


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