U of G soybean breeding program developing high-yielding, disease-resistant, value-added soybean cultivars for Ontario

New cultivars developed by Dr. Istvan Rajcan's soybean breeding program offer enhanced value and opportunities for value-added markets, as well as genetic resistance to soybean cyst nematode (SCN) and white mould.

Graduate student and 2020 Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) Scholar Deus Mugabe is evaluating the genetic causes for white mould resistance in Ontario soybeans.

University of Guelph's Bovey Greenhouses glow on a snowy night.

U of G researchers develop model to help greenhouse growers reduce energy costs

Alliance-funded research has led to the development of a model that will help growers reduce energy use thanks to technology. The model, which has been tested in six greenhouses (mostly in Essex county), means researchers can test scenarios before they are implemented at the farm level, potentially reducing the risk to farmers.

Read the full article on the U of G news site: U of G Research Makes Growing Greenhouse Industry More Efficient

Alliance-funded research to study greenhouse energy efficiency

As reported on, a team of graduate engineering students from U of G, led by engineering professor Dr. David Lubitz, will be collecting data from the owner and head grower for a passive solar year-round greenhouse in Ottawa. Rob Lyle's HighYield™  greenhouse will be part of a larger study of commercial greenhouse efficiency throughout Ontario, Canada. 

U of G researchers investigate the effects of postpartum health on estrus detection by activity monitors

Like people using fitness trackers, more and more dairy farmers are using automated activity monitors as an important part of herd reproductive management. Dr. Stephen LeBlanc, a professor at the Ontario Veterinary College, and PhD candidate and Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) doctoral scholar Tony Bruinjé studied more than 1,300 cows in two commercial dairy herds to investigate the link between a cow’s post-partum health and the likelihood of detecting estrus by activity monitors for first breeding.

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