Anishinabek and Nipissing University partner to develop bioeconomy strategy

Anishinabek and Nipissing University partner to develop bioeconomy strategy

Strategy creates economic benefits for First Nations and Northern Ontario, while contributing to Ontario's Green Energy plan and the Northern Growth Plan.

New hope for powdery mildew resistant barley

New hope for powdery mildew resistant barley

New research at the University of Adelaide has opened the way for the development of new lines of barley with resistance to powdery mildew.

New soybean vein necrosis publication available

New soybean vein necrosis publication available

A roundup of information about this new disease.

Research projects to improve plant feedstocks for bioenergy production

Research projects to improve plant feedstocks for bioenergy production

New projects to be funded this year will build upon gains in genetic and genomic resources for bioenergy and biofuels.

Joint Venture

Joint Venture

When it comes to genetics, it’s no secret that choice is fairly limited for Canadian turkey growers.

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North American Manure Expo comes to Canada...
For the first time ever, the North American Manure Expo is being hosted within a Canadian province. The annual show is being held August 20 and 21, 2013, at the University of Guelph’s Arkell Research Station, located near Guelph, Ontario. So, what's a Manure Expo and why should you attend? This video will provide all the dirt.
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Expert Dr. Susan Watkins discusses Water Sanitatio...
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The population explosion...
With the world's population increasing exponentially and farmland staying the same, BASF took to the streets to ask consumers if this trend is sustainable.
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Sustainability

Beef pollutes more than pork, poultry, study says Beef pollutes more than pork, poultry, study says

July 23, 2014, Washington, DC — Raising beef for the American dinner table does far more damage to the environment than producing pork, poultry, eggs or dairy, a new study says. Compared with the other animal proteins, beef produces five times more heat-trapping gases per calorie, puts out six times as much water-polluting nitrogen, takes 11 times more water for irrigation and uses 28 times the land, according to the study published recently in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. READ MORE  

Production

Fire blight scorches Annapolis Valley orchards Fire blight scorches Annapolis Valley orchards

July 30, 2014, Greenwood, NS – The ripple effects of post-tropical storm Arthur are still being felt across the Maritimes. In the Annapolis Valley, fire blight has scorched up to 80 per cent of some apple orchards — and Perennia Horticulturalist Chris Duyvelshoff says the blame rests squarely with Arthur. READ MORE

Protection

Fire blight scorches Annapolis Valley orchards Fire blight scorches Annapolis Valley orchards

July 30, 2014, Greenwood, NS – The ripple effects of post-tropical storm Arthur are still being felt across the Maritimes. In the Annapolis Valley, fire blight has scorched up to 80 per cent of some apple orchards — and Perennia Horticulturalist Chris Duyvelshoff says the blame rests squarely with Arthur. READ MORE

Research

Robin Buell, MSU plant biologist. Helping switchgrass survive winter will boost its biofuel potential

July 30, 2014 - Michigan State University has been awarded $1M from a joint U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Agriculture program to develop hardier switchgrass, a plant native to North America that holds high potential as a biofuel source. If switchgrass could better endure northern United States' winters, the plant could be an even better source for clean energy. To that end, Robin Buell, MSU plant biologist, will work to identify the genetic factors that regulate cold hardiness in switchgrass. "This project will explore the genetic basis for cold tolerance that will permit the breeding of improved switchgrass cultivars that can yield higher biomass in northern climates," said Buell, also an MSU AgBioResearch scientist. "It's part of an ongoing collaboration with scientists in the USDA Agricultural Research Service to explore diversity in native switchgrass as a way to improve its yield and quality as a biofuel feedstock." One of the proposed methods to increase the biomass of switchgrass is to grow lowland varieties in northern latitudes, where they flower later in the season. Lowland switchgrass is not adapted to the colder conditions of a northern climate, however, and merely a small percentage of the plants survive. It is these hardy survivors that are the subject of Buell's research. "Dr. Buell's investment in this collaborative project will identify important genetic elements in switchgrass that control survival over the winter and can be used to breed better adapted cultivars to meet biomass production needs," said Richard Triemer, chairperson of the plant biology department. By studying switchgrass' genetic composition, Buell hopes to identify alternative forms of the same gene that is responsible for cold hardiness. These could then be applied in breeding programs for switchgrass that can thrive in northern climates. The research is an extension of Buell's involvement in the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, a collaborative enterprise between MSU, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the U.S. Department of Energy that works to meet the nation's need for a comprehensive suite of clean energy technologies.

Business/Policy

Fire blight scorches Annapolis Valley orchards Fire blight scorches Annapolis Valley orchards

July 30, 2014, Greenwood, NS – The ripple effects of post-tropical storm Arthur are still being felt across the Maritimes. In the Annapolis Valley, fire blight has scorched up to 80 per cent of some apple orchards — and Perennia Horticulturalist Chris Duyvelshoff says the blame rests squarely with Arthur. READ MORE