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Ridgetown Campus Public Soybean Breeding Program Recognized at Seed of the Year Event

Recognizing the contributions of public breeding, the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus soybean breeding program was honoured at a joint SeCan/ University of Guelph, Seed of the Year event on March 3rd, 2017. Both Ridgetown and Guelph campus research scientists, technicians, and industry colleagues gathered to celebrate the breeding programs four decades of success.

Turfgrass Leadership Renewal

The Department of Plant Agriculture is pleased to announce two new appointments serving turfgrass education, research and outreach effective June 27th, 2016.

Stephen Fleischauer will assume the role of the Associate Diploma in Turfgrass (ADTM) Program Director, and Prof. Eric Lyons will assume the role of Director for the Guelph Turfgrass Institute (GTI) as part of his faculty duties.

“I am excited to welcome Steve and Eric into these new roles,” shares Prof. Hugh Earl, Interim Chair of the Department. 

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Meet Travis, PhD Student

Growing up in the tomato capital of Canada, Travis Goron was always surrounded by agriculture. Naturally interested in science, he completed an undergraduate degree in molecular biology and genetics at the University of Guelph. Now he’s coupling his agricultural roots and passion for science by completing a PhD in Plant Agriculture.

An OAC Grad's Passion for Agriculture: Something to Last a Lifetime

A lot has happened in the past 100 years. From the first electric can opener to the first mobile phone, the human population has continually innovated and improved upon products of the past. However, to have something last 100 years is an uncommon feat.

Ontario Hazelnuts a Helpful Hand to the Environment

The establishment of an Ontario hazelnut industry would enhance the agricultural product offerings of Ontario, and also create many much-needed jobs in rural communities. However, there are also many environmental benefits that hazelnut production can offer Ontario.

Hazelnuts and Truffles a Winning Combination

When you hear the world “truffle” what comes to mind? Some might think of a chocolate treat, but for Charles Shearer, a master’s student in the Department of Plant Agriculture, he thinks of a mushroom with great potential for intercropping in hazelnut orchards.

Opportunity Grows on Ontario Hazelnut Trees

Adam Dale, college professor emeritus in the Department of Plant Agriculture, has been making headlines for his research on bringing hazelnut production to Ontario. Together with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and the Ontario Hazelnut Association, Adam is helping to establish an Ontario hazelnut industry through his efforts to determine the most productive tree varieties for the province.

For the Love of Plants and Pools

Twenty-four years ago, Tara Israel, who now works in the Department of Plant Agriculture, competed in the 1991 Pan Am Games in Havana, Cuba. Representing Canada, the competitive swimmer competed in Women’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay, Women’s 400m Freestyle and Women’s 800m Freestyle. She brought home one silver and two bronze medals, contributing to Canada’s 127 medals won at the 1991 Games.

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