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AG e-news October 21, 2016

October 21, 2016 — 

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


Friday, October 21 – The Department of Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics is pleased to announce that Dr. Joe Glauber will present the Eighth Annual Daryl F. Kraft Lecture. Please join us at the Richardson International Auditorium, 172 Agriculture Building for coffee at 2:00 pm.  Dr. Glauber’s lecture, entitled “Whither U.S. Agriculture Trade Policy: Trump, Clinton, BREXIT, WTO, NAFTA and TPP”, will begin at 2:30 pm.  Dr. Glauber is a former Chief Economist, USDA and Chief U.S. Agriculture Negotiator WTO Doha Round.

Saturday, October 22 – The Manitoba Association of Home Economists (MAHE) Annual General Meeting and Conference 2016 is at Caboto Centre, 1055 Wilkes Avenue. Aptly entitled “Connect, Create, Communicate”, the Conference will reflect the diversity of our profession and the day will include speakers that will talk about Indigenous food sovereignty, sustainable textiles, and social media as well as display tables from various organizations including Food Matters Manitoba, Investors Group, FB Hospitality Group, and more! There is also a great optional networking event on the night of October 21 where you can meet and mingle with MAHE members. To register for one or both events, and for additional information such as the complete conference schedule, please visit

Tuesday, October 25 – A Department of Animal Science Seminar will be held on in Room 219 Animal Science Building at 10:00 am. Alessi Kwawukumeh, M.Sc. student,  will be make the scientific presentation “The gut and vaginal microbiome profiles of pregnant sows and their contribution to piglet gut microbiome development”.  Zhangbin Cai, M.Sc. student,  will be presenting the poster “Characterization of PEDv genetic evolution in the EMS from fall and winter into spring and summer under Manitoba conditions”.  Vidura Senaratne, M.Sc. student,  will be presenting the poster “Phosphorus utilization on dairy farms in Manitoba”. All are welcome to attend.

Tuesday, October 25  – A Department of Entomology Seminar will be presented by Dr. Brian Amiro, Soil Science, on the topic “Greenhouse gas emissions from Canadian agriculture”. Refreshments at 10:00 am, seminar begins at 10:10 am sharp in 220 Animal Science/Entomology Building.

Tuesday, October 25 – A Human Nutritional Sciences Graduate Seminar entitled “Influence of Energy Intake and Eating Assistance in Long Term Care Residents with Dementia: The Making the Most of Mealtime Study (M3)” will be presented by graduate student, Kelsey Mann at 3:00 pm in the Carolyn Sifton Lecture Theatre, 130 Agriculture Building.

October 25-28 – 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.  There will be an additional workshop pulse protein quality on the afternoon of October 28.  To get more information and register go to

Wednesday, October 26 – A Soil Science Seminar will take place at 12:30 pm in Room 346 Ellis Building. Dr. Aston Chipanshi, Agroclimate Analytical Service Lead, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, will present “Progress in forecasting major grain crops across Canada”.

Friday, October 28 – The Natural Systems Lab is hosting a free webinar on “Whole Farm Nutrient Management Planning for Organic Farmers: Part 2 – Rotation Nutrient Budget”. Led by Joanne Thiessen Martens, this webinar is directed at organic farmers and crop advisors on the prairies. The webinar is free, but you need to register  and a URL link to the webinar will be sent to your email 48 hours before the webinar. To register for the webinar, visit

Saturday, October 29 – Needing some fun ideas on how to carve your jack ‘o lantern this year? Dress up in your Halloween costume and join us at the Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre for the Pumpkin Party from 10:00 am to 2 pm. Pumpkin carving for the kids – bring your own pumpkin please! Complimentary carving stencils and snacks. Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. Come and go or bring your own picnic lunch to enjoy on the farm. Admission $5 for age 5 and over. For directions, visit

Tuesday, November 1 – The Department of Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics is sponsoring a webinar with guest speaker Edward Usset who will discuss “Five Common Mistakes in Grain Marketing”. Edward is a grain marketing specialist for the Center for Farm Financial Management, and the coordinator of the Minnesota Master Marketer Program, which is a series of intensive training programs designed to improve the marketing skills of grain producers.  The webinar is at 9:00 am (CDT). To register, visit

Tuesday, November 1 – A Department of Animal Science Seminar will be held on in Room 219 Animal Science Building at 10:00 am. Samuel Ariyibi, M.Sc. student,  will be make the extension presentation “Methods of improving the use of Canola Meal in monogatric nutrition”. All are welcome to attend.

Friday, November 4 –  A Soil Science Seminar will take place at 12:30 pm in Room 346 Ellis Building. Dr. Srimathie Indraratne, Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences, U of Winnipeg will present “Sources of Potentially Toxic Trace Elements in Agricultural Soils: Geogenic or Anthropogenic?”

Tuesday, November 8 – A Department of Animal Science Seminar will be held on in Room 219 Animal Science Building at 10:00 am. Peris Munyaka, Ph.D. student,  will be make the scientific presentation “Piglet and mice models of inflammatory bowel disease: The impact of prebiotics, probiotics, and prepartum use of antibiotics”. All are welcome to attend.

Tuesday, November 8 – A Department of Entomology Seminar will be presented by Dr. Olivier Tremblay-Savard, Department of Computer Science, University of Manitoba, on the topic “Algorithms for the analysis of RNA evolution”. Refreshments at 10:00 am, seminar begins at 10:10 am sharp in 220 Animal Science/Entomology Building.

Thursday, November 10 – The Canadian Association of Farm Advisors (CAFA) is holding the workshop “Farm Succession Update” at the Niverville Heritage Centre, Niverville, MB.  For more information, please contact CAFA toll free at 1-877-474-2871 or visit

Wednesday, December 14 and Thursday, December 15 – The 2016 Manitoba Agronomists Conference themed “Advances in Crop Scouting: Balancing Technology with Technique will be held in Room 172 Agriculture Building and via webcast. The cost is $225.  Register by December 4 to take advantage of the early bird rate of $185.  Registration closes December 9. Register early for Winnipeg as space is limited. Graduate students are invited to attend as well as submit posters.  Poster requirements and deadlines as well as registration information are on the MAC website at Any inquiries can be directed to the MAC Coordinator, Rachel Sydor at mbagconf [at] umanitoba [dot] ca or 204-474-8473.



Ifeanyi Nwachukwu, a Human Nutritional Sciences Ph.D. student with Rotimi Aluko, is a recipient of the University of Manitoba Dean of Graduate Studies Student Achievement Award, which comes with a $1,000 cash award.

Former Dean Michael Trevan was awarded Dean Emeritus at a University of Manitoba reception on September 28. The title is conferred to a dean who given distinguished service to his/her faculty during the term of office.

The University of Manitoba’s bee house contest BEE / HOUSE / LAB was recently presented with an international sustainability design award. The innovative competition received the Campus Sustainability Achievement Award from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Rob Currie and colleagues in the Department of Entomology provided their expertise on the project.

Karin Wittenberg, Dean, participated as part of a panel of four Canadian deans addressing “The role science in food security”, a MindShare session sponsored by  Universities Canada and hosted at the University of Saskatchewan on October 12.

Robert Duncan, Plant Science spoke at the 20th International Crucifer Genetics Conference and the 19th Australian Research Assembly on Brassicas (Brassica 2016), held in Melbourne from October 3-7. Rob’s presentation was titled “Seed quality development in Brassica napus”.

Reine-Marie Guillermic, Physics and Astronomy, presented a paper “Bubbles and mechanical properties of noodle dough: ultrasonic and X-Ray tomography studies” at the 6th International Symposium on Advanced Polymer Materials and Fiber Science in Kyoto, Japan, on behalf of researchers and students in Food Science and the Grain Research Laboratory, Canadian Grain Commission, as well as researchers and students in the department of Physics & Astronomy.

At the same conference, Anatoliy Strybulevych presented a paper on fibre fortification of dairy systems “Dynamics of Particular Suspensions Measured by Dynamic Sound Scattering” on behalf of Tomo Norisuye (Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Kyoto, Japan, and John Page (Physics & Astronomy) and Martin Scanlon (Food Science).

Martin Scanlon, Associate Dean (Research) was a judge in the Great Manitoba Food Fight held recently in Winnipeg.  A local microbrewery, Torque Brewing Co., won first prize.  See more at

Martin Entz, Plant Science, was invited to participate on a panel at the “Food Secure Canada” conference at Ryerson University on October 14.  The hour long discussion addressed “Agroecology IS feeding the world”.  Other panel participants included Deccan Development Society (India) – a grassroots organisation working with Sanghams (village level groups) of poor women most of who are dalits, farmers from West Africa, and Canadian graduate students and farmers.

The International Egg Symposium was held in Banff, Alberta, October 4-6. The symposium was well attended, with over 100 registrants from academia, industry and government, and representation from many countries. Neijat Mohamed, Animal Science, and Nassim Naderi, Human Nutritional Sciences, were both recipients of trainee travel awards and presented their research in oral and poster formats.  Jim House, Human Nutritional Sciences/Food Science/Animal Science, also gave a talk entitled  “Combining Egg Enrichment & Extraction Technologies to Develop Novel Value Added Opportunities”.

Jim was also invited to Iowa State University on September 21 to deliver the Wise and Helen Burroughs Lectureship:  Modern Views in Nutrition on the subject of Protein Quality and Pulses.

Jim and his research team have also been involved in the organization of two additional workshops related to protein quality.  A Pulse Protein Quality Workshop has been organized for the afternoon of October 28, immediately following the conclusion of the 10th Canadian Pulse Research Workshop.  Registration details for this workshop can be found here: On November 15, 2016, a national workshop has been organized, in conjunction with Health Canada and the University of Toronto’s Program in Food Safety, Nutrition and Regulatory Affairs, to discuss “Exploring Research Gaps for Determining Protein Quality in Food”.  This workshop, co-chaired by Jim and sponsored by NSERC, will feature speakers from Canada and the US to discuss regulatory issues related to the positioning of protein content claims on foods, with direct implications for the marketing of all protein-containing foods. For further information, please contact james [dot] house [at] umanitoba [dot] ca.

The Soil Ecology Lab, University of Manitoba, now has a YouTube channel – The lab will post a video featuring the research of one lab member every month. So far a video of one student is uploaded, one for a research associate will be posted in a couple of days. Other videos done by media and one by UofM are now also on the channel. There will be live panel for the channel on the website home page coming this week as well.



Annemieke Farenhorst, Soil Science, was interviewed by the National Post (October 16) in the article “Water ‘alarmingly’ tainted even on reserves with good treatment plants, study suggests” –

Rob Currie, Entomology, was quoted in the CBC story “U of M lab abuzz after bee houses win sustainability design award” –

Keith Bamford, Plant Science, explains how research on organic farming at the University helps to stabilize crop performance on organic farms in the OrganicBIZ video “On disasters and improving organic production” –

Jared Carlberg, Associate Dean (Academic), was interviewed by CKDM Radio about enrolment numbers in the Faculty –

Kim Ominski, Animal Science, was quoted in the article “Warmer climate may hike insect, disease risks” in the Western Producer (October 13) –

Mario Tenuta, Soil Science, was quoted in the article “In the battle to mitigate global warming farmers’ nitrogen use will be scrutinized” in the Manitoba Co-operator (October 14) –

Anita Brûlé-Babel, Plant Science, was quoted in the article “Row upon row of FHB” in Country Guide (October 11) – see page 46 at

The Aggie Bedpush was featured in the Manitoba Co-operator (October 18) article “Future farmers raise funds for Manitoba Farmers with Disabilities” –



Adesanya, T., O.O. Akinremi, and F. Zvomuya. 2016. Physical properties of an Orthic Black Chernozem after five years of liquid and solid pig manure application. Can. J. Soil Sci. 96: 145-153.

Dr Soleiman Abbasi, Department of Food Science and Technology, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran, has worked in the Department of Food Science to learn new techniques for characterization of the properties of microemulsions.  A recent publication of his applies knowledge on microemulsions to extract higher yields of lycopene from tomato waste.  Lycopene is a strong antioxidant with the potential to protect against coronary heart disease. — A. Amiri-Rigi, S. Abbasi, M.G. Scanlon. Enhanced lycopene extraction from tomato industrial waste using microemulsion technique: Optimization of enzymatic and ultrasound pre-treatments. Innovative Food Science & Emerging Technologies 35 (2016) 160-167.

Neijat, M., Suh, M., Neufeld, J., and House, J.D.  2016.  In depth fatty acid profile analysis of total and individual lipid classes in egg yolk, liver and plasma as a function of increasing levels of alpha-linolenic acid derived from hempseed products in laying hen diets. Lipids  51: 615-633.

Goldberg, E., Ryland, D., Aliani, M., and House, J.D.  2016.  Interactions between canola meal and flaxseed oil in the diets of white Lohmann hens on fatty acid profile and sensory characteristics of table eggs.  Poult. Sci.  95: 1805-1812.

Nosworthy, M. and House, J.D.  2016.  Recent advances in the determination of the quality of dietary proteins:  Implications for pulses.  Cereal Chem.  (In Press).



The 2016 Manitoba Agronomists Conference (MAC) has put out a Call for Grad Student Posters. MAC will be held on December 14 and 15.  All grad students are welcome to submit a poster for our poster session.  This is a great networking opportunity and offers students a chance to learn about current developments in the industry. Attendance is free for grad students who submit a poster. It is standing room only and does not include lunch. For all requirements and deadlines for submitting a poster, please visit To learn more about the conference generally, visit Any questions, please contact mbagconf [at] umanitoba [dot] ca.

Volunteers are needed for Study on Non-Caloric Sweeteners. We are looking for people aged 18 – 45, male or female, with a BMI between 20-25 (normal weight). If you are interested or would like more information please call 204-999-9446 or email ahmads34 [at] myumanitoba [dot] ca.


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