The Environment

The Environment explores our planet’s environment and climate, as well as their interplay with living and/or technological systems, as a fundamental underpinning for environmental stewardship and sustainability. 

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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 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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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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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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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.