U of G Making Headlines

July 31, 2013 - In the News

Prof. Praveen Saxena, Department of Plant Agriculture, made national headlines with the announcement of a $2-million donation to fund the Gosling Research Institute for Plant Preservation (GRIPP). Saxena was the focus of a front-page article in the July 26 issue of the Globe and Mail, including a photo gallery and video on the newspaper’s website, and was also interviewed live on Canada AM on July 29 about studies of cryopreservation of trees.

The donation will support the institute’s work to conserve endangered plant species through long-term tissue preservation research, education and service. The institute will conserve a range of living tissue from threatened species and regenerate large plant populations when needed. Saxena, director of GRIPP, and his team are now developing cloning and cryopreservation technologies for other threatened trees, including ash, maple and chestnut.

University of Guelph food laureate Anita Stewart was quoted in a story on Globalnews.ca about the 10th annual Food Day Canada. Stewart started the national event with the World’s Longest Barbecue to help farmers recover from the 2003 mad cow crisis. This year, Canadians are encouraged to create meals from produce purchased at farmers’ markets or visit one of about 275 restaurants country-wide this Saturday whose menus feature Canadian ingredients.

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