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Emeritus Professor Bruce Downey, 1939 - 2018

DOWNEY, Bruce R.

October 15, 1939 - April 4, 2018

The Department of Animal Science is saddened to announce the passing of Emeritus Professor Bruce Downey.

Published: 11 Apr 2018

A Scarlet Key for Christine Ha

If you participated in the MEDLIFE McGill Macdonald Branch/Global Food Security Club Krispy Kreme fundraiser, the We Are Aware: Montreal Campaign, or the Mac Basket Food Drive, you likely crossed paths with the ever-cheery Christine Ha, U3, BScNutrSc (Global Nutrition).

Published: 4 Apr 2018

Communicating science through podcasts

LISTEN NOW to 4 Mac campus student podcasts created at the Lister Family Engaged Science Broad Science Podcast Workshop Series this March.     

Published: 26 Mar 2018

Québec's legal maple syrup cartel dictates prices for Vermont maple producers

“The system that's in place, the supply management system, is good for Québec producers and U.S. producers because it guarantees good prices and that allowed U.S. producers to actually expand rapidly in the last few years,” explains Pascal Thériault, an economist at McGill University's Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in Montréal.

Published: 12 Mar 2018

Canadian researchers open a new front in the fight against MS

Discovery of calnexin protein’s role in the blood-brain barrier could lead to new MS treatments.

A discovery led by scientists at the University of Alberta and McGill University is providing hope of a new therapeutic target in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients, which could one day be used to prevent the symptoms and progression of the disease.

Published: 8 Mar 2018

Are we ready for the cannabis industry?

CTV News Montreal

March 6. Dean Anja Geitmann was interviewed by CTV News Anchor Mutsumi Takahashi about what will be needed to meet the demands of the cannabis industry once legalization occurs, and how the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is responding to this need for trained professionals.

Published: 7 Mar 2018

Les vaches préfèrent-elles le pâturage ?

[...] « Dans l'essai, la grande majorité des vaches sont allées et sont restées au pâturage », observe Elsa Vasseur, de l'université de McGill. Cela a représenté entre 90 à 98 % de l'effectif en semaine 1, 2 et 4. En semaine 3, seulement 40 % des vaches ont choisi le pâturage, « probablement en raison des températures plus froides associées à des conditions pluvieuses et venteuses ».

Published: 28 Feb 2018

L'industrie des légumineuses reçoit un coup de « pousse »

De plus en plus de consommateurs se tournent vers des substituts aux protéines provenant de la viande, entre autres les protéines de sources végétales. [...] Pascal Thériault, agroéconomiste à l'Université McGill, nous parle des changements à prévoir dans le monde agricole en matière de cultures et aussi en matière d'élevages.

Published: 28 Feb 2018

Food and Nutrition Lab hosts inter-university Iron Chef competition

From the McGill Reporter...

On Saturday, Feb. 24, the cilantro flew and the paring knives flashed as talented student chefs from five North American universities took part in the hotly-contested Inter-University Iron Chef Competition.

Published: 28 Feb 2018

The search for life on Mars begins at McGill's Macdonald Campus

It’s a question that has long plagued humanity: are we alone in the universe?

Scientists at McGill’s Macdonald campus are venturing towards a definitive answer with the development of a biosignature or life-detection platform.

Published: 26 Feb 2018

Why drones are counting thousands of decoy ducks

Conducting a bird census by foot can also be disruptive, David Bird, an emeritus professor of wildlife biology at McGill University, told Popular Science. “While you’re doing that, you’re disturbing the hell out of the birds,” Bird said.

Atlas Obscura


Published: 21 Feb 2018

McGill joins 'superclusters under Ottawa initiative

Dozens of McGill researchers will participate in two of the five “superclusters” announced Thursday, Feb. 15, by the federal government and funded under its Innovation Superclusters Initiative.

Published: 19 Feb 2018

124 millet porridge vendors from eight states trained in food safety, hygiene

Participants, including scientists from McGill University, Canada, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, NGOs, representatives from processing machineries industry, small and micro level food enterprises, push cart vendors and farmers took part in the workshop.

Times of India


Published: 19 Feb 2018

Holistic policy needed to promote small millets

Vijaya Raghavan, Professor, McGill University, which is one of the collaborators of the project, said that promoting the consumption of small millets was not only key for addressing malnutrition related issues, but also to address climate change.

The Hindu


Published: 19 Feb 2018

Videos of Founder's Day talks now available

Macdonald Founder's Day,  brought together more than 500 members of the Mac Community to celebrate the birth of Sir William Macdonald, to recognize outstanding staff and students, and to listen to three very timely talks on the medical, legal and entrepreneurial aspects of medical Cannibis, in light of its imminent legalization.

Published: 19 Feb 2018