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Urban beekeeping can be bad for wild bees

Urban beekeeping has been touted as a way to boost pollination and improve sustainability, food security and biodiversity in cities. Many people and businesses who've added beehives to their backyards and rooftops (including CBC) say they're doing it to help fight declines in bee populations.

But researchers say urban beekeepers are likely doing just the opposite when it comes to wild bee species.

Published: 11 Aug 2020

How Canada became an environmental outlier

OpEd by Tom Mulcair, former the leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada (2012-2017). 

Fifty years ago, Canada became a major, credible player in the world of environmental protection with the creation of our first department of the environment by former prime minister Pierre Trudeau. That move was  accompanied by a progressive vision that was critical of the unbridled growth which showed no regard to the consequences for life on our planet. 

Published: 11 Aug 2020

Ces plantes nuisibles qui envahissent les champs agricoles et les forêts

Phragmite, panais sauvage, herbe à poux, nerprun, renoué du Japon : ce sont toutes des plantes envahissantes, nuisibles à un certain degré, qui prennent de plus en plus de place sur les terres agricoles et parfois même dans nos forêts. Plusieurs sont inconnues de la population générale, mais causent de sérieux maux de tête aux agriculteurs.

Published: 3 Aug 2020

Mac Teams compete in Dobson Cup Finals (online)

Congratulations to the Macdonald Teams who are competing in the 2020 Dobson Cup Finals, taking place online from July 27-30.

Published: 29 Jul 2020

Mieux mesurer la qualité des aliments

Originaire du Nigeria, Jacob Tizhe Liberty a toujours cherché à développer des solutions aux problèmes locaux qu’il observait. C’est ce qui l’a amené, dans le cadre de ses études doctorales, à mettre au point de nouvelles techniques pour mieux évaluer la qualité des aliments et ainsi diminuer le gaspillage.

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Published: 29 Jul 2020

Bioresource Engineering funding to support innovative research

Congratulations to Professor Jan Adamowski (Bioresource Engineering) for receiving a $198,569 SSHRC Partnership Development Grant: #CitiSciWater – Exploring the potential of scalable, user-centric citizen science platforms and tools to co-create actionable knowledge and transform water governance. Read more.

Published: 29 Jul 2020

Two McGill teams finalists in Institute of Food Technologists Competitions

| Caitlin MacDougall

During the 2020 edition of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) annual conference, held virtually on July 13-15, two Macdonald Campus Food Science teams representing McGill competed as finalists in the prestigious 2020 Smart Snacks for Kids Product Development Competition and the 2020 Developing Solutions for Developing Countries Competition.

Published: 22 Jul 2020

E-newsletter: Message from the Dean

I hope this finds you well and enjoying our first month of summer. Although things are much quieter than usual on Macdonald campus and things are still far from “normal,” I am very proud of all the great work being accomplished in our Faculty and the plans developing for the upcoming Fall semester. I am pleased to share some highlights with you.

Published: 22 Jul 2020

Future Ready: The Advocate for a Better Anthropocene

McGill’s Elena Bennett wants you to imagine a radical, inspiring, and realistic future for our planet

When you think of the Earth 50 years from now, what do you see? Do you imagine desolate cities, scorched forests, dead oceans, lost biodiversity? Elena Bennett wants you to know the future doesn’t have to be bleak.

Published: 20 Jul 2020

Un portrait de la situation des éleveurs de porcs

« Les éleveurs produisent pour nourrir les gens et des normes sont mises en place pour s’assurer que cette production est adéquate, explique l’agronome et professeur à la Faculté des sciences de l’agriculture et de l’environnement de l’Université McGill, Pascal Thériault. Cependant, à partir du moment où on instaure une norme, cela crée un stress. »

Published: 20 Jul 2020

Mort et résurrection de l’arbre parfait

Depuis toujours, ils servent à bâtir autant qu’à rêver... Dans cette série estivale, Le Devoir tente de cerner de quel bois sont faits les arbres qui nous entourent. Aujourd’hui : le châtaignier américain.

L’entrevue est pratiquement terminée. Christie Lovat parle depuis une bonne heure du châtaignier d’Amérique auquel elle a récemment consacré sa thèse de doctorat en sciences des plantes à l’Université McGill.

Published: 13 Jul 2020

Launch of AES Student Emergency Support Fund

The rapid evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused sudden and widespread changes for Agricultural & Environmental Sciences (AES) students, many of whom are now struggling to make ends meet.

Published: 8 Jul 2020

Nouvelle technologie pour mesurer le CO2 du sol

« Il suffit d’installer notre système au champ et de pousser sur le bouton ON, et le tour est joué », indique Viacheslav Adamchuk, professeur en génie des bioressources à l’Université McGill, en parlant du nouvel outil prototype créé par son équipe pour mesurer les émissions de CO2 provenant du sol. »

Published: 2 Jul 2020

New Canada Research Chair Tier II in Indigenous Peoples’ Nutrition and Food Security

Congratulations to Treena Wasonti:io Delormier, School of Human Nutrition and Associate Director of the Centre for Indigenous Peoples' Nutrition and Environment (CINE), who has been awarded a Canada Research Chair Tier II in Indigenous Peoples’ Nutrition and Food Security.

Published: 30 Jun 2020

Faculty use creative and innovative solutions for remote teaching

How do you ensure your students are really learning in your class when you can’t see them, they’re in different time zones, and they aren’t physically present in the labs where you would have been able to observe if they were understanding the objectives of your course? Faculty members across McGill – and indeed the world – are pondering those questions as they prepare to teach remotely for the first full semester next fall.

Published: 29 Jun 2020

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