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Soil Research Projects Gets $600,000 from NSERC

It was announced today that the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) awarded a Strategic Partnership Grant to Prof. Claudia Wagner-Riddle, School of Environmental Sciences.

Wagner-Riddle will use a $614,353 grant to help improve soil quality. She will look at cropping practices that mimic natural ecosystems and improve resiliency to climate change.

Farming can reduce soil quality, even as a growing world requires more food.

Brown mink looks up out of wooden box

Research relationships focus on mink mating

We know more about mink sexual development thanks to University of Guelph researchers and local mink farmers. It may not be a “romantic” topic for Valentine’s Day, but it is certainly a story about relationships.

Lead researcher Jamie Ahloy Dallaire and Prof. Georgia Mason, Department of Animal Biosciences, found that young male mink who spent more time playing as juveniles showed more vigorous sexual performance as adults.

U of G Poised to Help Canada Become Agri-Food Leader

A new federal report identifies the University of Guelph as a key player in developing Canada into a global agri-food leader.

The final report of the Advisory Council on Economic Growth highlights agriculture as a major engine of economic growth for Canada. It lists U of G as a key contributor in helping the agri-food sector meet its potential for growth.

“We are gratified that the report recognizes U of G’s prowess in agri-food and our ability to help Canada become a global leader in food, especially sustainable food production,” said president Franco Vaccarino.

U of G Poised to Help Canada Become Agri-Food Leader: Report

A new federal report identifies the University of Guelph as a key player in developing Canada into a global agri-food leader.

The final report of the Advisory Council on Economic Growth highlights agriculture as a major engine of economic growth for Canada. It lists U of G as a key contributor in helping the agri-food sector meet its potential for growth.

“We are gratified that the report recognizes U of G’s prowess in agri-food and our ability to help Canada become a global leader in food, especially sustainable food production,” said president Franco Vaccarino.

Alumni Named 2017 Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame Inductees

Two OAC alumni have been selected for induction into the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame.

Jack Riddell, OAC '52A and OAC '57, focused on the betterment of Ontario agricultre as a farmer, teacher, auctioneer, Member of Provincial Parliament and Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

John Steckley, OAC 1906A and BSA 1911, championed the need for a Western Ontario Agricultural School in Ridgetown (now Ridgetown Campus), which became a reality when the first class graduated in 1953. The Ridgetown Campus residence facility is named in his honour.

Food Scientist Awarded $2-Million NSERC Chair

A University of Guelph food scientist working to make dairy products more sustainable by better controlling microbes has received a prestigious multimillion-dollar federal research chair.

Gisèle LaPointe has been named the NSERC/DFO (Dairy Farmers of Ontario) Industrial Research Chair in Dairy Microbiology.

Among the most esteemed grants awarded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Industrial Research Chairs recognize researchers considered international leaders and exceptional among their peers.

University of Guelph researchers with Perth County participants standing and kneeling together  at a focus group

Attracting immigrants to rural Ontario

As a way of ensuring their long-term viability, Ontario’s rural communities should do more to attract and keep newcomers in their municipalities – and a University of Guelph professor has developed some recommendations on how to best do that.

Changing demographics are leaving many rural areas struggling with declining populations, and although immigration is a key solution, most of the province’s immigrants prefer to settle in large urban centres like Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton or London.

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Students Bolster Wikipedia’s Pet Nutrition Content with Science

Wikipedia’s reputation as a go-to source for information is clear in the English site’s statistics; it receives 7.7 billion page views per month, but is it a reputable source for information?

The information on pet nutrition is certainly much more credible today, thanks to Prof. Kate Shoveller’s pet nutrition class that gathered reputable information on 32 different pet nutrition topics for submission to the site.

Three red apples on branch

Apple research ripe for growing cider market

There’s a refreshing research project taking root across Ontario that’s set to help grow Ontario’s craft cider industry. University of Guelph researcher John Cline is beginning the third phase of his three-part project that will help build sustainable, value-add opportunities for Ontario’s agri-food sector.

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