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New SEDRD Director Named

Professor Sean Kelly has been appointed as the new director of the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development (SEDRD) effective January 1, 2017.

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U of G Researchers Unearthing Methods to Boost Agricultural Soils

University of Guelph environmental science researchers are leading the charge on studies to improve Ontario’s agricultural soil health; a foundation of all life.

Researchers, with the support of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), have dug into a number of projects that will help farmers and society in many areas, including cropping systems that could improve soil health, increase producers’ profit margins, possibly mitigate climate change and provide other environmental benefits.

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Prof Develops Model to Mesh Farming, Ecosystem

Can humans and the natural world co-exist? As human uses increasingly threaten the Earth’s natural spaces, a new ecological model developed by University of Guelph researchers suggests that so-called mosaic ecosystems may be near a “tipping point” and that conserving these landscapes requires taking a longer and more balanced view.

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Researchers Use Small Tech to Solve Big Issues

Nanoscience meets sustainability in U of G’s Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre (BDDC), where researchers led by BDDC director Prof. Amar Mohanty have developed a fully compostable, made-in-Ontario coffee pod that hit Loblaw grocery shelves this year. Now his team is looking at using nanoscience to further improve those pods and, potentially, to make other “green” food packaging products.

Our Sympathies: Jim White

It is with sympathy that we share the passing of Jim White on December 4, 2016. Jim graduated with a diploma in 1955 and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 1961.

New Canada Research Chair in Food Nanotechnology

The University of Guelph will receive $1.5 million through a new Canada Research Chair (CRC) and the renewal of two others. Kirsty Duncan, federal minister of science, made the announcement today in Toronto. In all, there are 203 new and renewed chairs at 48 institutions across Canada, an investment of $173 million.

Guelph received a new Tier 2 chair in Food Nanotechnology to be held by Prof. Michael Rogers, Department of Food Science.

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