It's not every day that a university assignment transforms into a real-world conservation initiative. Yet, that's precisely what happened with the Macdonald Campus Pollination Meadow project. What began as coursework evolved into an ecological marvel, all thanks to the hard work and vision of a group of Macdonald students led by Alex Kuijper Dickson BEng’23 (Bioresource) and Heather Brown BSc(AgEnvSc)’24.

Classified as: biodiversity
Published on: 29 Nov 2023

Imagine living in a world where the wisdom of Indigenous communities guides our actions towards biodiversity and human health. This isn't just a vision; it's becoming a reality through the groundbreaking initiative known as Ărramăt. This New Frontiers in Research funded project is a pioneering effort to acknowledge and amplify the voices of Indigenous peoples, empowering them to share their knowledge about the environment's role in promoting health and well-being.

Classified as: Murray Humphries
Published on: 29 Nov 2023

As the Arctic wind whistles through Canada's northern wilderness, a unique collaboration is unfolding between scientists and Indigenous communities. Graduate and Postdoctoral students in the Northern Research Knowledges Lab, under the leadership of Dr. Murray Humphries, are redefining how scientific research is conducted.

Classified as: Murray Humphries, Northern Research
Published on: 29 Nov 2023

In our busy everyday lives, it's easy to overlook our deep-rooted connection with nature. The connection is not just about the nourishment we derive or the air we breathe; nature subtly but significantly enhances our well-being. This intriguing intersection is where McGill Department of Natural Resource Sciences PhD candidate Jackie Hamilton directs her research.

Published on: 29 Nov 2023

Dr. Murray Humphries (PhD’01), a passionate wildlife biology professor at the Macdonald Campus, spends his days immersed in the fascinating world of biodiversity—the colorful, complex tapestry of life on Earth. At the Macdonald Campus, we don't just study this diversity, we celebrate it.

Classified as: Murray Humphries, biodiversity
Published on: 29 Nov 2023

In the not-so-far-off future, artificial intelligence could help farmers analyze data to make decisions and improve their outputs.

“The bottleneck right now is that farmers have data but don’t necessarily know what it means. They often need a specialist to figure it out,” says Felippe Karp, a PhD candidate in McGill's Bioresource Engineering department and member of the Precision Agriculture and Sensor Systems (PASS) research team led by Professor Viacheslav Adamchuk.

Classified as: Viacheslav Adamchuk
Published on: 20 Nov 2023

An outbreak of extensively drug-resistant salmonella has been linked to raw pet food and contact with cattle, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Classified as: Jennifer Ronholm
Published on: 15 Nov 2023

We live in the Anthropocene era. Human actions have become the major driving force behind unprecedented environmental challenges, creating delicate complexities and uncertainties about the future of the planet and humanity. Canada’s critical landscapes are not spared from these challenges, threatening the well-being of human and non-human communities that depend on them for various natural benefits. Thus, our ability to prepare, plan, and reflect for the future has never been as important to ensure that Canada’s landscapes thrive sustainably and resiliently in the Anthropocene.

Classified as: elena bennett, Gordon Hickey, Department of Natural Resource Sciences
Published on: 15 Nov 2023

In answer to a question posed by a reader, La Presse looked into the origins of the Metro group with expert commentary from agricultural economist Pascal Thériault, Director of McGill's Farm Management and Technology program and Senior Faculty Lecturer.

Among the five major players in the grocery field (Metro, IGA, Loblaw, Costco and Walmart), Metro is the only one to have its head office in Quebec. The big decisions are therefore made here, indicated Thériault.

Classified as: Pascal Thériault, Farm Management and Technology
Published on: 13 Nov 2023

Undaunted by snow, sleet, and hail, hundreds of people gathered on John Abbott’s Memorial Field to honour Canadian veterans in the annual Remembrance Day ceremony on November 10.

Tribute was paid to our veterans through poetry, song, and speeches by Rick Cartmel, retired Master Warrant officer in the Black Watch; the Honorable J. Michel Doyon, Lt. Governor of Quebec; and Anja Geitmann, Dean, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, among others.

Classified as: Remembrance Day Ceremonies
Published on: 13 Nov 2023

After "shrinkflation," it's now de-qualification drawing criticism from consumers concerned about marketing ploys that give the impression of getting less for their money. The Trudeau government promises to investigate the practice, but experts say immediate action is needed.

In most cases, ingredient substitutions are virtually imperceptible. But recipe changes for certain foods can leave their mark.

Classified as: Pascal Thériault
Published on: 9 Nov 2023

Please note that there will be a ventilation shutdown at the Barton Building which houses the Macdonald Campus Library on Tuesday, November 14 and Wednesday, November 15 from 18:00 to 06:00. As a result, extended hours that run from 17:00 - midnight will be canceled on these two days. 

This shutdown is necessary in order to perform general maintenance on ventilations systems. New bearings, belt, and pillow blocks will also be installed.

We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Classified as: temporary closure, temporary service disruption
Published on: 8 Nov 2023

Mathieu RouleauAgriculture in the Classroom Canada (AITC-C) has named Mathieu Rouleau as their new executive director.

Based in Quebec, Rouleau grew up on a dairy, grain, and maple syrup farm and holds a Bachelor in Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Business and Agronomy from McGill University.

Classified as: agricultural economics, agronomy
Published on: 8 Nov 2023

Millet, once a staple in Indian cooking and agriculture before being superseded by rice, is at the centre of a massive promotional campaign launched by the Indian government.

The healthy and hardy cereal, which thrives in arid and difficult conditions in which other crops cannot survive and requires less water, is being touted as a "superfood" that could force a more nutritious diet on India's population, and also help mitigate the devastating effects of climate change on the South Asian country.

Classified as: Vijaya Raghavan, Department of Bioresource engineering
Published on: 6 Nov 2023

Photo: La Terre de Chez Nous

The crème de la crème of the agricultural world gathered in the grand ballroom of the Château Frontenac on October 21 to honor three new inductees to the Quebec Agricultural Hall of Fame.

Tributes were paid to André D. Beaudoin, Charles Vincent and Réjean Vermette (pictured above from left to right), under the watchful eye of the dignitaries in attendance, including the provincial Minister of Agriculture, André Lamontagne.

Published on: 1 Nov 2023


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