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News Archive - Summer 2008

Organic Farming Centre Opens at U of G

The University of Guelph today officially opened the Guelph Centre for Urban Organic Farming, where students of all ages will learn about local organic food production and resource conservation.

"It's all about preparing younger generations for a different kind of future," said president Alastair Summerlee during a grand opening celebration attended by, among others, Guelph mayor Karen Farbridge and Robert Gordon, the new dean of the Ontario Agricultural College. Continue reading - UofG News Release.

Posted: September 5, 2008

E. Ann ClarkPlant Ag Prof Discusses Listeria Monocytogenes Outbreak

Dr. Ann Clark interviewed on national TV & radio

Prof. Ann Clark, Department of Plant Agriculture, and Marnie Webb, with U of G's Food Safety Network, are featured in today's media discussing the recent Maple Leaf Foods Inc. meat recall.

Clark was featured in today's Globe and Mail and was also interviewed by CTV's Canada AM and Radio Canada International this morning about Canada's current food processing and food distribution systems. Clark argued that having such large scale systems means one mistake can impact millions of people and instead Canada should encourage smaller food processing and food distribution systems.

Also today (August 21, 2008), Clark is scheduled to appear live on CBC's Newsworld at 1:15 p.m. and is doing CBC radio interviews with stations across Canada from 3 to 6 p.m.

Posted: August 21, 2008

G. BozzoRipe for the Picking

OAC prof explores ways to keep foods looking good and good for you


You're at the farmers' market, admiring the over-flowing displays of fruits and veggies. Which ones will you choose to buy and bring home in your environmentally friendly reusable cloth bag? The pears that are turning brown? The faded-looking tomato? No, chances are you'll opt for the brightly coloured fruits and vegetables. They're just more appealing.

There may be something else important behind that visual appeal, says Prof. Gale Bozzo, Plant Agriculture. That brightly coloured carrot that just looks tastier to our eyes may also be the healthier choice. Continue reading - AtGuelph.

Posted: August 5, 2008

Photos from 2008 Plant Ag Summer Picnic Posted

Plant Agriculture students, staff and faculty - as well as their families - enjoyed the annual department summer picnic on July 31, 2008 at the Guelph Turfgrass Institute. Everyone enjoyed a delicious lunch which included Eric Lyons' famous pulled pork and a number of side dishes. Rodger Tschanz gave a tour of the 2008 Guelph Trial Gardens and many stayed around to enjoy a few rounds of golf.

Posted: July 31, 2008

Research leads to a healthy combination of local fruit with antioxidant benefits

Research has led to a healthy combination of local fruit with antioxidant benefits

By Kaitlyn Little
(Guelph, June 13th, 2008)

Juicy peaches, sweet cherries and fresh plums are all stone fruits which have become a familiar taste of Ontario summers. They also happen to be brimming with powerful antioxidants. And many of these fruits would be imported, without the work of University of Guelph researchers. Through various techniques – genetics, selective breeding and biotechnology – researchers have been developing healthier fruit varieties that will flourish in the Canadian climate and markets.

Tree fruit expert Jayasankar Subramanian, based at the Vineland research station, is one of the researchers involved. He’s focused his efforts on breeding stone fruits that mature earlier and have increased antioxidant properties to tap into growing consumer demand for local foods with health benefits. Continue reading - Research News.

Posted: July 26, 2008

Prof Discovers Secret to Reducing Dandelion Population

May 15, 2008 - News Release

If you think spring is the best time to try and rid your lawn of those dreaded dandelions, you're about six months too late.

Research by a University of Guelph plant scientist has found that gardeners need to be attacking these weeds in the fall if they want to prevent them from reappearing.

"You can put a huge dent in the dandelion population if you deal with it in the fall because that way you're killing the next generation before it has a chance to flower and spread its seeds," said Prof. Rene Van Acker. Continue reading - UofG News Release.

Posted: May 15, 2008