Research

Candy or Chips? An Analysis of Taste Preferences and Why it Matters to Your Health

By Madison Wright

24 June 2019

A woman looking at a vending machine

Have you ever wondered why some people choose candy as a treat while others prefer a bag of chips? Every day, we all make choices about which foods to consume – choices that are usually based on which foods we like, and which foods we don’t. But why do we have such different tastes in food?

A Step Forward in Understanding Injurious Fall Risk in Older Adults

By Danyelle Liddle

13 June 2019

Older people walking down a path

As the average age of the Canadian population increases, so do the number of injurious falls that can lead to chronic pain, disability, reduced independence, and even death.

‘Tis but a Scratch! Damselflies Lose a Limb to Escape Predators in the Nick of Time

By Alana Wilcox

22 May 2019

Adult Damselfly

Peering into the ponds around Guelph, Katherine Black pushes the long-handled net through the plants along the water’s edge, checking the mesh every few seconds for aquatic insects. Nothing yet. A few more dips and she finds what she is looking for – damselfly nymphs, the juvenile aquatic stage of the thin-bodied insect often seen darting above the waterways in summer.

Genetic Study of Early Maturing Salmon Yields Surprise Discovery

By Olivia Roscow

1 May 2019

A picture of fish in water

Salmon is a popular food staple around the world and farmed Atlantic salmon is Canada’s top aquaculture export.  With a global reputation for producing high quality fish to uphold, Canadian fish farmers are continually seeking ways improve the taste, quality, and appearance of the salmon they produce.

Got Mussels? Understanding Why Turbid Rivers Have More Bivalve Shellfish

By Madison Wright

25 April 2019

The Eastern Pond Mussel (photo by the Smithsonian Environmental Research Centre, CC BY 2.0)

The Eastern Pond Mussel (photo by the Smithsonian Environmental Research Centre, CC BY 2.0)

Does size matter? Aquatic ecologists want to know if the size of suspended particles can explain the mystery of why mussels, a type of bivalve shellfish, thrive in turbid rivers.

Getting to the Heart of the Matter in Aquatic Ecosystem Stability

By Elizabeth Johnston

16 April 2019

Fish in water

For top predator fish species, having a big heart is not the secret key to their ability to forage across different habitats, a recent study by researchers in the Department of Integrative Biology suggests.