The record-setting wildfires that ripped through Quebec this summer were made more likely and more intense by human-caused climate change, according to a new analysis conducted by 16 researchers within the World Weather Attribution group, from universities and meteorological agencies in Canada, the Netherlands, the U.K. and the U.S.

Classified as: Mohammad Reza Alizadeh, Department of Bioresource engineering
Published on: 28 Aug 2023

Modernization of agriculture is imperative for food production, Vijaya Raghavan, Distinguished James McGill Professor from Canada, said on Tuesday while inaugurating the Eighth Agricultural Graduate Students’ Conference at the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University.

Scientists and agricultural students have a significant role to play in achieving integrated food production, Prof. Vijaya Raghavan emphasized.

Classified as: Vijaya Raghavan, Department of Bioengineering
Published on: 28 Aug 2023

The wildfires that ravaged Canada this summer have some experts calling for a more aggressive approach than the country has applied in the past. 

This year, nearly 30 million acres have burned across Canada. In eastern provinces such as Quebec, where blazes are less common, wildfire agencies that are equipped to fight fewer and smaller fires were largely unprepared for the circumstances.

Classified as: Mohammad Reza Alizadeh, Department of Bioresource engineering
Published on: 16 Aug 2023

All residential buildings in Montreal with under nine units now have brown bins—but only 63 per cent actually sort out their food waste, according to a 2021 survey conducted by the city. Meanwhile, the Lachenaie landfill in Terrebonne—the only landfill in the Montreal area—is set to reach its capacity in 2029.

The city says a large-scale food waste awareness campaign will launch later this year to try to boost citizens' participation in separating out organics. 

Classified as: Grant Clark, Department of Bioresource engineering
Published on: 27 Jul 2023

Palm oil, which can be found in roughly half of all packaged supermarket products, is notorious for causing deforestation and biodiversity loss. Efforts to curtail the damage have largely focused on voluntary environmental certification programs that label qualifying palm-oil sources as "sustainable."

Classified as: Benjamin Goldstein, Department of Bioresource engineering
Published on: 27 Jul 2023

In a recent multidisciplinary study published in Advanced Science, researchers build upon the principles of biomimicry by drawing inspiration from the wing of a dragonfly to redesign that of a Boeing 777.

Classified as: Department of Bioresource engineering, Abdolhamid Akbarzadeh Shafaroudi
Published on: 26 Jul 2023

On May 31, 2023, McGill University’s Margaret A. Gilliam Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) and SOCODEVI, in collaboration with the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), held an event showcasing concrete actions to strengthen sustainable agriculture, improve the living conditions of smallholder farmers and increase the resilience of agri-food systems. This event also launched a new collaboration between IFAD and McGill IGFS, including an internship program and IFAD student group.

Classified as: Margaret A. Gilliam Institute for Global Food Security, Patrick Cortbaoui, School of Human Nutrition
Published on: 25 Jul 2023

The impacts of climate change, rising fuel costs, geopolitical conflicts, and global supply chain snags make today's delocalized food system—and the 8 billion people who depend on it—increasingly vulnerable. 

Part of the solution to building a more sustainable and resilient agrifood system is to improve local, indoor food production. Researchers in McGill’s Biomass Production Laboratory are doing just that, increasing access to fresh produce year-round.

Classified as: Mark Lefsrud, Biomass Production Laboratory
Published on: 10 Jul 2023

“There are lots of opportunities to contribute to society,” says Vijaya Raghavan. “If I can share that point with students, I think it can go a long way.”

Classified as: Vijaya Raghavan, Convocation
Published on: 6 Jun 2023

Around the world, food is grown on land of all sizes and all types, but that diversity means farmers often fail to take into account landscape complexity and soil variability, according to Chandra A. Madramootoo, a professor of Bioresource Engineering at McGill University, in Montreal, Canada.

He says that one solution is precision farming, an approach that “enables the selection of crops, and chemical and water applications within spatially similar land and soil zones.”

Classified as: Chandra Madramootoo
Published on: 26 May 2023

Congratulations to two Macdonald Profs who have received funding through the New Frontiers in Research Fund Exploration stream, which supports high-risk, high-reward and interdisciplinary research: Hamid Akbarzadeh (BRE) for Origami-inspired deployable sensoriactuator soft robots and Mehran Dastmalchi (PltSci) for Plant-derived biosynergists to enhance pesticide efficacy.

Classified as: Mehran Dastmalchi, Abdolhamid Akbarzadeh Shafaroudi, New Frontiers in Research Fund
Published on: 27 Apr 2023

On January 17, two McGill teams, InSpira Photobioreactor and the Cricket Rearing, Collection, and Transformation System (CRCTS) competing under the McGill Advanced Bio-Regenerative Toolkit for Long Excursion Trips (MARTLET) umbrella, presented their prototypes to the NASA/CSA Deep Space Food Challenge’s jury.

Read the story in the McGill Reporter.

Classified as: NASA, deep space food challenge, Mark Lefsrud
Published on: 25 Jan 2023

The Government of Canada’s Environmental Damages Fund, administered by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), is investing more than $4 million in three McGill-led projects through the Climate Awareness and Action Fund (CAAF).The projects will fill knowledge gaps about the environmental and economic impacts of greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen Canada's capacity to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

Classified as: Bieler School of Environment, Grant Clark, climate change
Published on: 29 Nov 2022

Three projects will fill knowledge gaps about the environmental and economic impacts of greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen Canada's capacity to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

Classified as: Sustainability, Environment and Climate Change Canada
Published on: 24 Nov 2022

Hydroponic strawberry growers and Co-founders of Vertité, Ophelia Sarakinis (FMT’19) and Phillip Rosenbaum (B.Sc.(AgEnvSc)’19, MSc.’21) and their partners have just won the first phase of the Homegrown Innovation Challenge, a “six-year, $33-million initiative from the Weston Family Foundation to future-proof food production in Canada.”

Classified as: Shangpeng Sun, Mark Lefsrud, Benjamin Goldstein, homegrown innovation challenge
Published on: 20 Oct 2022


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