Agriculture, Food and the Bio-economy

Agriculture, Food, and the Bio-economy generates knowledge focused on agriculture, food, and bio-products that transforms understanding, practice, and policy to promote safe, sustainable, secure food systems and a vigorous bio-economy.

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50 Years of Food Science Innovation (Strategically Themed Newsletter)

The University of Guelph’s Department of Food Science has been at the forefront of innovation for 50 years, since the School of Dairy Science was renamed in 1968 and its scope transformed and broadened.
Today, researchers in the department are engaged in a broad range of topics and issues spanning food safety, processing and product development. They integrate physics, chemistry and biology to uncover the basics of food science and new advancements pertinent to agricultural commodities at home and abroad.
As a result of their efforts, the University of Guelph has risen to be one of the world’s leading food research institutions, developing technologies and techniques that are used everywhere. They have been instrumental in helping U of G become widely recognized as Canada’s Food University.
This newsletter highlights major research achievements that have emerged from the University of Guelph’s Department of Food Science and gives a glimpse into new directions that influence how we create and consume food.
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A better bottom line (Research Magazine)

The third edition of the OMAFRA-UofG Partnership, Agri-Food yearbook.  Click on the magazine cover for a full screen view. 

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A Helping Hand (Research Magazine)

The Winter 2011 Research magazine focuses on human health and disease. Click on the magazine cover for a full screen view.

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A major platform for the beef sector (Strategically Themed Newsletter)

A huge $15.5-million facelift is underway at the Elora Research Station, with the construction of a new cow-calf research centre, a facility owned by the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario and managed by the University of Guelph under the OMAFRA-U of G Agreement.

A separate project will repurpose 200 acres of land to create pasture at the station and almost double the capacity for livestock on site.

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Advancing Research Impact (Research Magazine)

Through the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance, we conduct research that supports and strengthens the Ontario agri-food industry and rural sectors. The Agri-Food Yearbook, developed in partnership with the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance, is a research magazine profiling Alliance research and innovations. Research supported by the alliance solves real-world challenges and yields meaningful inno­vations that ensure the success of the province’s agri-food sector and that promote rural economic development throughout Ontario and the world. The University of Guelph is committed to improving life by sup­porting the people, places and programs that generate solutions with global impact. We help build strong rural communities and a prosperous, safe and environmentally sustainable agri-food sector in Ontario — now and for the future. Read more in the 2019-20 edition of the Agri-Food Yearbook.

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Agriculture and Agri-Food Research (Strategically Themed Newsletter)

At the University of Guelph, agriculture and agri-food researchers are uniquely poised to connect with provincial and federal departments and granting councils, as well as business, industry and Canada’s largest commodity groups.

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All eyes north: Is climate change already having a profound effect on vegetation? (Canada Research Chairs - 2 pager)

Highlighting the research of Canada Research Chair Merrit Turetsky, Canada Research Chair in Integrative Ecology.

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Aphid advisor (video)

Prof. Rebecca Hallett has created a smartphone application or app to help farmers with crop pest management.  It is called Aphid Advisor and can be used on a BlackBerry.

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Barry Smit - Gold Medal from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Recognition Announcement)

Hats off to University of Guelph geography professor Barry Smit – he’s been awarded the prestigious Gold Medal from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, recognizing him as one of the world’s leading authorities on climate change. This award honours scholars for original thought, work and leadership that has advanced their field and enriched Canada’s cultural and intellectual life. Barry, who has done extensive work in Canada’s North, is the first U of G professor to win this award. Congratulations Barry!

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Beekeeping extension in Vietnam (video)

Producers: Gard Otis and Joey Sabljic - University of Guelph

Category: Extension (Outreach)

This video highlights the remarkable successes of a beekeeping development project based in rural communes of Ha Tinh Province, Vietnam.  Funded by CIDA and managed by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, faculty from several Canadian Universities worked with colleagues of the Vietnam Bee Research and Development Centre to design and implement the project.