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AG e-news May 26, 2016

May 26, 2016 — 

News and events from the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Manitoba.



It’s time once again for Campus Beautification Day on Friday, May 27 beginning at 9 am and continuing throughout the day (rain date is June 7). If you can, please volunteer some time to help make our campus beautiful, meet and have fun with co-workers and maybe win some prizes. Refreshments and lunch beginning at 11:30 on the Curry Place Walkway for all volunteers. Great door prizes include the grand prize of two airline tickets from Westjet. There will be general spring cleanup, raking, weeding, and planting flowers. There will be some extra gardening tools available, but it would be helpful if you could bring your work gloves, spades and rakes (if you have), and wear suitable footwear. For more information visit

The Department of Food Science will be offering the short course “Pasteurization of Milk and Liquid Foods I” on June 1 and 2.  Please register by either fax or (474-7630), payment is accepted via cheque, money order or money transfer made out to the University of Manitoba and must be made prior to the commencement of the course. If you need any further information contact Gwendolyn [dot] Band [at] umanitoba [dot] ca. Cost is $575.00 per person (includes all instructional and practical sessions, course manual, nutrition breaks, parking, certificate upon completion). Registration deadline is May 16.

A Soil Science Final Ph.D. Oral Examination will be held Thursday, June 2 at 10:00 am in 346 Ellis Building. Inoka Amarakoon Mudiyansel will present “Environmental Fate of Chlortetracycline, Sulfamethazine and Tylosin Fed to Feedlot Cattle”.

The Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre is excited to offer the “Preserving Summer’s Bounty Workshop Series” led by food writer and professional home economist Getty Stewart all about food preservation, from herbs to berries and fruit and canning.  Workshops run May to June and all begin at 7:00 pm. Cost per workshop is $15/adult. Don’t have a sitter? Entertainment available for children under 12 available – $2.50/child. Learn more at or email ffdc [at] umanitoba [dot] ca to register.

The 2nd Annual Northern Great Plains Lipids Conference will be held June 11-12 in Grand Forks, ND.  This meeting will continue to build on last year’s successful conference, which saw researchers from Manitoba and North Dakota share expertise related to lipids.  Registration, housing and abstract submission information can be found at

In partnership with the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative, the University of Manitoba will be offering Organic Agronomy Training, a training program for agronomists who are interested in providing agronomic advice to organic and ecological farmers on Thursday, June 16, at the Ian N. Morrison Research Farm, Carman, MB. This training is a one-year certificate program aimed at “conventional” agronomists who are interested (or are being asked by customers/clients) to provide advice on organic crop, soil and whole farm management.  Course instructors are Martin Entz, Joanne Thiessen Martens, and Katherine Stanley The registration cost of $159.60 includes in-person training on June 16 (price includes lunch), 12 months of online/social media support, and an in-person training session on June 2017 (date TBA, price includes lunch). See the curriculum or register at

The Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Seminar Series will have a special seminar on Friday, June 24 at 10:30 am in the Carolyn Sifton Lecture Theatre, Room 130 Agriculture Building. Dr. Ismail Cakmak, Professor, Biological Sciences and Bioengineering from Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey will present “Fertilizing Food Crops to Improve Human Nutrition And Health”. Refreshments will be served at 10:00 am. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Book now for the 2016 Crop Diagnostic School Staff Student Day, scheduled for Tuesday July 5 at the Ian N. Morrison Research Farm, Carman Manitoba. The day will run 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Registration is limited and costs $50. Lunch and refreshments provided.  School will run, rain or shine, Please dress accordingly. For additional information, contact:  Program – Anatasia Kubinec at 1-204-750-2717; Registration – Monika Menold at 1-204-745-5663.

In this, the Year of the PULSE, Winnipeg will be host to the 10th Canadian Pulse Research Workshop. This workshop includes sessions on Genetics and Plant Breeding, Agronomy and Pathology, Environment and Nutrition and Food.  The workshop will be held at the Delta Hotel in Winnipeg October 25-28.  There will be an additional workshop pulse protein quality on the afternoon of October 28.  To get more information and register go to



David Lobb, Soil Science, received the award of Fellow of the Canadian Society of Soil Science (CSSS) at the recent annual meeting. This is awarded to CSSS members with a distinguished record of accomplishment in Soil Science and service to the Society. Read more at

Ashley Ammeter, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, was selected for the Canadian Society of Soil Science Book Award for 2016 by the Department of Soil Science because she has the highest GPA amongst her graduating cohort in the Soil Science minor program. The award recognizes undergraduates at Canadian universities who demonstrate excellence in Soil Science. Award winners receive a copy of Soil Sampling and Methods of Analysis (2nd Edition), published jointly by CSSS and CRC Press in 2007.

Rob Duncan, Plant Science, and Kris Dick, Biosystems Engineering, were presented with the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Teaching Award of Merit and Collin Gyles, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, was selected to receive the Graduate Student Teaching Award of Merit. These awards are given annually to individuals who excel in teaching an agricultural discipline.

Chelsey Walchuk, Human Nutritional Sciences M.Sc. student, won 2nd place in the graduate poster competition at the 2016 Canadian Nutritional Society Conference, Ottawa in May. Her title was “Does docosahexaenoic acid enriched egg consumption improve retina function in Caucasian older adults?: Implications for age-related macular degeneration”.

Two teams of students in HNSC4600 (Practice-based Research in Human Nutritional Sciences, Instructor Miyoung Suh & Kathy Vagianos, RD, WRHA) took prizes at the Undergraduate Poster Competition in the Health, Leisure & Human Performance Research Institute Research Day held in May.  Jessica Gutkin, Katherine Loewen, Oluwaseyi Odhigbo, Laura Pelser “Knowledge, Perception and Attitudes of Carbohydrates Amongst University Students” won first place for undergraduate category and Christina Hunt, Taylor Langtry, Jennifer Painter, Zarifa Salzgeber “Barriers to Accessing a Registered Dietitian” won third place.

Annemieke Farenhorst, Soil Science, and her CREATE H20 team are involved in the Third Annual University of Manitoba Water Rights Conference being held May 26-27 here on campus. This event is organized by The CREATE H2O Science and Engineering Training Program and The Right to Clean Water in First Nations project. Registration was open to students and professors involved with First Nations water research, as well as First Nation community partners and industry representatives who are interested in this research. Learn more about the event at

Martin Nyachoti, Animal Science, was invited to give a key note address at the 2016 Animal Production Society of Kenya’s Annual Scientific Symposium held in Kisumu, Kenya from April 27-29, 2016. Martin’s presentation was titled “Recent advances in poultry nutrition and feeding”. While in Kenya, Martin also visited his research collaborators at the Centre for Biotechnology and Bioinformatics at the University of Nairobi.

Peter Jones, Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals, recently presented at the Global Pulse Convention 2016 in Cesme, Turkey on May 21 on “Science Behind Commercial Interest in Pulses”. He also presented at the 10th Congress of the international society of Nutrigenetics & Nutrigenomics in Tel Aviv, Israel on May 23 on the topic “Use of Combinatory SNP Patterns for predicting Responsiveness of biomarkers to Natural Products”.



The library is presenting a series of Researcher Workshops that might be of interest to you. These include  Introduction to Data Management Planning  and Metrics: What Researchers Need to Know. For more information and to register go to[]=3646



Alemu, A.W., B.D. Amiro, S. Bittman, D. MacDonald and K.H. Ominski. 2016. A typological characterization of Canadian beef cattle farms based on a producer survey. Canadian Journal of Animal Science 96: 187-202.

Barthod, L.R.M., K. Liu, D.A. Lobb, P.N. Owens, N. Martínez-Carreras, A.J. Koiter, E.L. Petticrew, G.K. McCullough, C. Liu, L. Gaspar. 2015. Selecting color-based tracers and classifying sediment sources in the assessment of sediment dynamics using sediment source fingerprinting. J. Environmental Quality, 44: 1605-1616.

Velayudhan, D.E., and C.M. Nyachoti. 2016. Net energy system of feed formulation with or without enzyme supplementation in growing-finishing pigs fed barley-based diets with alternative feed ingredients. Can. J. Anim. Sci. 96: 180–186 (2016)

Munyaka PM, Rabbi MFA, Khafipour E‡, and Ghia JE‡. 2016. Acute dextran sulfate sodium (DSS)-induced colitis promotes gut microbial dysbiosis in mice. J. Basic Microbiol. 56:1-13. doi: 10.1002/jobm.201500726.

McCann JC, Luan S, Cardoso FC, Derakhshani H, Khafipour E, and Loor JJ. 2016. Induction of subacute ruminal acidosis affects the ruminal microbiome and epithelium. Front. Microbiol. 7:701. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.00701.

Yang C*., X. Yang, D. Lackeyram, T.C. Rideout, Z. Wang, B. Stoll, Y. Yin, D.G. Burrin, and M.Z. Fan. 2016. Expression of apical Na+-l-glutamine co-transport activity, B0 transporter B0AT1, angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 and SLC6A19 along the jejunal crypt-villus axis in young pigs fed a liquid formula. Amino acids, 48: 1491-1508.DOI:10.1007/s00726-016-2210-7.



Kateryn Rochon, Entomology, was interviewed on TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin  –

Rob Currie, Entomology and the Bee House Lab winners and installation were featured on UM Today ( and in the community newspaper the Sou’Wester.

Mario Tenuta, Soil Science, was interviewed in Country Guide (May/June 2016) in “Foraging for better soils” – page 34

Jordan Bannerman, Entomology, was interviewed in Grainews (May 20) in “Don’t jump the gun on pest control” –

Rick Holley, Food Science, was interviewed twice by CBC on recent listeria outbreaks and food recalls – and

Brian Amiro, Soil Science, was interviewed in the article “Fire on the farm: minimize your risk“ in the FCC Express – and in the article “How Wildfires Impact the Boreal Forest in Manitoba” on Nature Manitoba –

The Diploma in Agriculture Convocation and medal winners Joel Doerksen and Devin Pouteau were highlighted on

The canola meal research team in Bogdan Slominski’s lab (Animal Science) have been in the media frequently over the last year:

Enzyme treatment helps unlock canola potential as others cut fibre content — Feed Navigator Magazine, August 10, 2015 –

Unlocking the full power of canola meal — WattAgNet (U.S. Newspaper service), July 9, 2015 –

New options unveiled to unlock full power of canola meal — National Hog Farmer Magazine, July 9, 2015 –

New options unveiled to unlock full power of canola meal – Atlantic Farm Focus, July 7, 2015 –

Unlocking canola’s potential — Canadian Poultry Magazine, September 2015 –{“page”:6,”issue_id”:270275}

Scientific breakthroughs could make Canadian canola meal a world’s favorite — E-FeedLink Magazine, July 14, 2015 –



The Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre is looking for a Summer Program and Tour Guide Assistant. If you know of a high school student looking for a great summer job, encourage them to apply!

The Department of Entomology, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Manitoba invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, commencing September 1, 2016, or as soon as possible thereafter, to teach and conduct research in Insect Systematics and Taxonomy.


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