Across Quebec, we're already seeing leaves start to transition from bright summery greens to the burnished, coppery hues of Fall—but the changes aren’t happening because the days are chillier. As McGill Plant Science Lecturer David Wees told the Montreal Gazette last year, it's actually because the days are getting shorter.

Classified as: david wees, Department of Plant Science
Published on: 2 Oct 2023

With fall officially here, it's time for Lennoxville, Quebec's annual Giant Pumpkin Festival, where people can see pumpkins that weigh as much as 680 kilograms.

The festival — which is taking place at the Amédée Beaudoin community centre Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — is a family event with bouncy castles, a petting zoo, a farmers' market, music and even horse-drawn carriages.

Alexandre Lemire started growing giant pumpkins three years ago after being inspired by festival founder Mike Macdonald's crops. Last year, his biggest pumpkin weighed 704 kilograms.

Classified as: david wees, Department of Plant Science, Farm Management and Technology Program
Published on: 27 Sep 2023

Today, the Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry, and the Honourable Mark Holland, Minister of Health, announced an investment of more than $960 million in support of research and innovation through a suite of programs. These programs include the John R.

Classified as: Anja Geitmann, Thavy Long, Viacheslav Adamchuk, Stephane Bayen, Idaresit Ekaette, Saji George, Salwa Karboune, Ebenezer Miezah Kwofie, Xiaonan Lu, Shiv Prasher, Denis Roy, lyle whyte, Jianguo Xia
Published on: 30 Aug 2023

A Canadian-led team has assembled the most extensive genetic roadmap of the potato to date, along with its closest relatives, in order to bolster the plant’s ability to cope with climate change and protect its future as a mainstay of global food security and sustainability.

Classified as: Martina Stromvik, Department of Plant Science
Published on: 26 Jul 2023

Si vous habitez les alentours de la ville de Windsor, peut-être avez-vous remarqué des substances blanches semblables à du pollen amassé sur les trottoirs, les pelouses ou les terrasses. Ce sont des semences de peupliers. À l'émission Matins sans frontières, David Wees, enseignant en horticulture à l'Université McGill, explique l'origine de ces semences, leur importance et comment se comporter vis-à-vis d'elles.

Classified as: david wees, Horticulture Research Centre
Published on: 3 Jul 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

The McGill Pulse Breeding Program and the non-profit organization SeedChange have partnered to bring the ImPulse Project to fruition, an initiative to promote knowledge-sharing, collaboration, and agricultural resilience in the pulse sector.

During the summer of 2022, and thanks to the support of the FRQNT-RQRAD, the ImPulse Project held two field days with actors in Quebec’s pulse sector. The sessions focused on agricultural management, market trends, cultivar evaluation, and the development of pulse varieties adapted to Quebec.

Classified as: McGill Pulse Breeding Program
Published on: 3 Apr 2023

"Cultivated trees grow faster [than their natural counterparts] because in the early years much effort is spent weeding out the competition," points out David Wees, Faculty Lecturer in the Department of Plant Science at McGill's Macdonald Campus.

Classified as: david wees, trees
Published on: 9 Jan 2023

David Wees (FMT) provides an update on a recent project coordinated with Lindsay Flood, Franco Nardi and Freida Beauregard, to plant 200 trees on Campus to honour McGill’s Bicentennial.

“Altogether, we planted 203 trees. Most have survived. The only tree we had a problem with was the pin oak. Right now, the trees are small and scattered around the campus, but that’s how it starts. Five years from now, we’ll have a little forest.”

Classified as: david wees
Published on: 7 Dec 2022

The Board of Governors of McGill University is pleased to announce the appointment of Prof. H. Deep Saini as the University's 18th Principal and Vice-Chancellor. Currently President and Vice-Chancellor at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Prof. Saini will begin his five-year, renewable term at McGill on April 1, 2023. He will also hold the appointment of Full Professor in the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Classified as: H. Deep Saini, Principal
Published on: 15 Nov 2022

"People think that the colder fall temperatures trigger the colour change, but it’s actually the photoperiod," explains Plant Science Faculty Lecturer David Wees. However, some regions of Quebec are luckier when it comes to fall colours than others: those with a lot of deciduous trees like maples, oaks or even birches. On the other hand, areas that have more conifers will see fewer transformations to their landscape.”

Classified as: david wees
Published on: 6 Oct 2022

Two-hundred years ago, a young man frequented swamps, stream banks and thickets, collecting wild plants across what would become the urban core of the city of Montreal. He had recently returned home from Edinburgh, where he had gone to be receive medical training, learning there also techniques of drying and preserving plant specimens, botany and medicine then being sister-subjects.

Classified as: Herbarium, frieda beauregard
Published on: 23 Jun 2022

On May 18, 97 laureates were celebrated at the Bravo 2022 gala, an event honouring McGill researchers and scholars across disciplines who won special awards, memberships, and prizes during the preceding year.

Classified as: Jaswinder Singh
Published on: 6 Jun 2022

Two public art projects launching in Montreal this summer take inspiration from the botanical collection of Dr. Andrew Holmes, one of the founders of McGill's Faculty of Medicine.

Classified as: frieda beauregard, andrew holmes
Published on: 9 May 2022

Three Mac-based research projects have been funded through FQRNT/MAPAQ’s first Partnership Research Program-Sustainable Agriculture . All of the projects fall under the scientific program developed by the Réseau québécois de recherche en agriculture durable.

Congrats to Profs:

Classified as: Valerio Hoyos-Villegas, Cynthia Kallenbach, Joann Whalen
Published on: 29 Apr 2022


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