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Major companies get behind Smart Ag Super Cluster

The average Canadian might hold a romanticized view of agriculture in this country, but for a group of nearly 100 industry, academic, government folks, big data is key to the sector’s future.

The $250 million Smart Agri-Food Super Cluster (SASC) is one of nine industry-led projects, and one of two that focuses on agriculture, to be shortlisted for up to $950 million in federal innovation funding earmarked in last year’s budget.

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Published: 22 Jan 2018

New technique for finding life on Mars

Researchers demonstrate for the first time the potential of existing technology to directly detect and characterize life on Mars and other planets. The study, published in Frontiers in Microbiology, used miniaturized scientific instruments and new microbiology techniques to identify and examine microorganisms in the Canadian high Arctic - one of the closest analogs to Mars on Earth....

Published: 22 Jan 2018

More than $59 million awarded by the CFI and the Government of Quebec to six McGill research projects

New labs and equipment through the CFI’s Innovation Fund will help six transformative McGill research projects to collaborate, innovate and train the next generation of scientists for the jobs of tomorrow.

...Professors Timothy Geary (Institute of Parasitology) and Anja Geitmann (Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) were each awarded funding in this round.

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Published: 19 Jan 2018

Macdonald 3-Minute Thesis Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Lister Family Engaged Science 3-Minute Thesis® Competition - Véronique Boyer, Marcus Kaji, and Karolin Dietrich - pictured here with Dean Anja Geitmann and Geoffrey Kelley, MNA for Jacques-Cartier and Minister responsible for Native Affairs.

First place winner, Mark Kaji is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Parasitology. His presentation was entitled "Real life vampires and how to kill them"

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Published: 15 Jan 2018

E. coli outbreak has some Quebec restaurants pulling romaine lettuce

However, Lawrence Goodridge, the director of McGill University's food safety and quality program, said the practice of thoroughly washing infected lettuce won't make it safe for consumption.

"That is actually untrue, that is not the case," he said. "Washing lettuce or any fresh produce that may be contaminated with bacteria is a not a way to ensure its safety."​

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Published: 8 Jan 2018

The discovery that could shake up the beer industry

Jaswinder Singh can hardly contain his excitement when talking about TLP8, a useful protein he discovered in barley. “It could revolutionize the brewing industry,” said the associate professor at McGill University’s plant science department.

...Singh and his research team identified 22 genes in barley that were related to the germination process.

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Published: 3 Jan 2018

Maintaining momentum in forages

It takes a long time to develop a new variety from scratch. Dr. Bruce Coulman of the University of Sask­atchewan recently recalled the start of his forage breeding career at McGill University. McGill had allowed its forage breeding program to collapse, and had no breeding lines under development when Coulman started. Starting from scratch in 1976, Coulman registered his first forage variety in 1993.

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Published: 3 Jan 2018

Keep the animal agriculture industry out of the new food guide

Researchers from McGill University (Paul Thomassin) found that if Canadians ate less meat, and more fruits and vegetables, Canada's GDP would benefit. The authors recommended the government subsidize fruits and vegetables, and tax meat, in an effort to reduce chronic disease.

Huffington Post

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Published: 3 Jan 2018

Réflexion sur l'agriculture avec la doyenne de la Faculté de l'agriculture de l'Université McGill

En cette fin d'année, nous vous proposons une réflexion sur l'agriculture avec une femme qui a consacré sa vie aux enjeux agricoles. Anja Geitmann est doyenne de la faculté des sciences de l'agriculture et de l'environnement à l'Université McGill.

Radio-Canada

 

Published: 18 Dec 2017

Alum recipient of Canada’s Volunteer Awards’ Emerging Leader Award (Quebec Region)

Congratulations to alum Valérie Toupin-Dubé, BSc (AgEnvSci)’16, recipient of the Canada’s Volunteer Awards’ Emerging Leader Award for the Quebec region!

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Published: 14 Dec 2017

Professor Jeff Xia named CRC Chair (Tier 2)

Congratulations to Professor Jianguo (Jeff) Xia, Department of Animal Science and Institute of Parasitology, who has been named a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2)  in Bioinformatics and Big Data Analytics.

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Published: 12 Dec 2017

Professors inducted into Royal Society of Canada

Congratulations to Jan Adamowski (Bioresource Engineering) and Elena Bennett (Natural Resource Sciences) on their induction into the Royal Society of Canada. The announcement was made in September, and the induction ceremony was held in late November.

CITATIONS:

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Published: 11 Dec 2017

Plant trees to control climate change

Scientists at an international conference said on [November 30] that climate change was a global phenomenon that could only be controlled by planting more and more trees. This was stated in the concluding session of the first international conference on Conventional and Modern Approaches in Plant Sciences (CMAPS 17), organised by the Punjab University Department of Botany at Faisal Auditorium....

Published: 1 Dec 2017

Mercury decline in seabirds due to diet, not emission controls

For 47 years, biologists have plucked eggs from seabird nests along the British Columbia coast. Many of the eggs were collected from remote rocky islands surrounded by some of the world’s roughest seas.

In all, they collected 537 eggs from six species, including ancient murrelets, rhinoceros auklets and double-crested cormorants. Now these eggs are revealing new information about the way mercury finds its way into the ecosystem.

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Published: 24 Nov 2017

Master blender behind world famous Northern Harvest rye

Some might see it as a quirky career path, to be sure, that leads one to an occupation in which their job — essentially — is to sip on whisky.

Joanna Zanin Scandella’s job title is an enviable one.

The McGill University-educated Zanin Scandella is, officially, a master blender, an elite standing in the nomenclature of the alcohol industry. One does not just seek the wanted ads for a job as a master blender — they aspire to it.

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Published: 20 Nov 2017

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