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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Beekeeping extension project in rural Vietnam (video)

University of Guelph Professor Gard Otis, School of Environmental Sciences, talks about the beekeeping extension and training project he has been leading in rural Vietnam since 2005.

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Better Food for a Better Planet (Strategically Themed Newsletter)

Better food makes for a better planet. Food gives people strength and vitality, and healthy people who are properly nourished are better at fighting disease than those who are malnourished. Food is fundamental to life, and the University of Guelph is on the leading edge of innovative research dedicated to creating safe, plentiful, nourishing and sustainable food sources.

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Bonnie Mallard - one of the top innovative products at the World Dairy Expo 2013 (Recognition Announcement)

At this year’s prestigious World Dairy Expo, a technology called High Immune Response - developed at the University of Guelph by Prof. Bonnie Mallard and her team - was named one of the top innovative products of 2013. The technology, licensed by the Catalyst Centre to Canada’s largest dairy genetics company, the Semex Alliance, is marketed as Immunity+. Congratulations to Bonnie and her team, and thanks to Semex and Vice-President Brad Sayles (pictured overleaf with Bonnie and the highly coveted award) for making Immunity+ available to improve the health of cattle worldwide.

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Canada's dairy university - Global leaders in advancing dairy (Strategically Themed Newsletter)

Canada’s dairy sector is vital to the nation’s health, sustainability and economy, and to the University of Guelph.

Canadian dairy products meet the highest standards, and come from cows that are productive, healthy and well cared-for. Modern Canadian dairy farmers and processors invest in new technology and equipment, and support research at Guelph to ensure continuous
improvement in animal welfare, genetics, product quality and sustainable productivity.

That’s where Dairy at Guelph comes in. As a network of more than 60 faculty members and other researchers, Dairy at Guelph fosters collaboration and synergies in discovery, development and implementation. This global leadership has earned us the title of Canada’s Dairy

Dairy at Guelph strives to increase awareness of the tremendous dairy research capacity and output at the University of Guelph. The following pages outline that expertise.

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Centre for Biodiversity Genomics (video)

Centre for Biodiversity Genomics: A step up for DNA barcoding

Overview of the centre.

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Controlling neonicotinoid impacts on bee populations (video)

Controlling neonicotinoid impacts on bee populations

Researchers:  Cynthia Scott-Dupree, Tracey Baute (OMAFRA)

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Dairy farm focus groups (video)

Dairy focus farm groups are where dairy producers meet to target a problem and learn from each other could be a new method of distributing information of calf management.

UofG researchers are working with more than 150 dairy producers across Ontario to implement this strategy to see if it will be effective in putting new information into practice.

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DNA Barcoding (10 Things To Know About...)

Scientists envision a world where technology can be used to quickly identify any species, through DNA barcoding. This technology, developed at the University of Guelph, is based on a rapid, efficient and digital network, bringing together the broad science community to help preserve and examine entire biotic systems. Here are 10 things to know about DNA barcoding.

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Elora Research Station - Dairy facility (Strategically Themed Newsletter)

The Elora Research Station is one of the largest agricultural research farms in Canada, covering 2,310 acres. It’s designed to support intensive research in crops, soils, beef and dairy.

The Dairy Facility at the Elora Research Station is a state-of-the-art dairy research facility, drawing visitors from around the globe. Since January 2016, the facility has enabled world-class research that helps keep the Ontario and Canadian dairy sectors innovative, competitive and sustainable.

The facility’s unique design allows researchers to conduct a wide range of research projects with adaptable, leading-edge technologies, while supporting education and training. Research at the facility includes optimal weaning strategies,
genetics of feed-efficient cows and reduced methane emissions, and best management practices for new technologies such as automated milk feeders for calves.

The $25-million, 175,000-square-foot facility, completed in May 2015, is a joint project of the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario (ARIO), the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), the University of Guelph and the Ontario dairy industry represented by the Dairy Farmers of Ontario. The Dairy Facility is managed by the University of Guelph through the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance, a collaboration with OMAFRA.

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Environment (Strategically Themed Newsletter)

Our future well-being depends greatly on the health of our planet. The University of Guelph supports research dedicated to preserving, protecting and improving the environment, through a wide range of disciplines as diverse as the environment itself.