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Icewine harvest adds to the wine tourism experience

Photo of Mark Holmes

Prof Mark Holmes staying warm by the fire with a glass of Ontario red wine. (Photo courtesy Mark Holmes)

by Owen Roberts

At least one good thing has come out of this year’s incessantly deep and long cold snap – a great icewine harvest.

Sometimes the harvest, which typically yields about 800,00 litres of ice wine, takes place at night. That’s how producers try to avoid the warming or melting effect of the sun on the frozen grapes, which are left on the vine through the fall to dehydrate and concentrate their sugar content.

But that hasn’t been a worry this year, given the stubborn, rock-bottom -25 C temperatures experienced in the Niagara region...

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Internet memes become online activism for Canadian politics

Photo of Tamara Small looking at her computer

Photo:  Mido Melebari

By Megan Swim

Memes— humourous or thought-provoking online images, videos and pieces of text—have been popping up all over the internet as a way of online activism for people promoting the discussion of Canadian politics.

But a Guelph researcher has found that as a technology, the internet and digital political tools such as memes have had less impact on Canadian politicians than other disruptive technologies.  

Prof. Tamara Small, of the Department of Political Science at the University of Guelph, says that while digital politics creates a...

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New office will help U of G research get out to the world

Graphic outlining the Research and Innovation Office priorities

By Liz Snyder

The Office of Research has a new unit to enhance and increase the impact of research at the University of Guelph.

Sherri Cox is the executive director of the newly formed Research Innovation Office (RIO), an office that was formed to connect research with industry and society, increase research funding and build on the U of G’s reputation as a research innovation leader.

The unit will harness activities that are already happening at the Catalyst Centre as well as knowledge mobilization efforts across campus, and will also put...

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Research Ethics now online

Wordle for Research Ethics



By Liz Snyder

Research Ethics submissions have moved from a paper-based system to one that is online, streamlining management of ethics protocols and the ethics review process for both researchers and review boards.  

Researchers now complete their ethics protocols using a ‘smart’ e-form with branching logic and hover-over help text.  The new system routes ethics protocols electronically through the approval process and researchers can view their submission along the approval pathway.

The Research Ethics module of ResearchLink was launched in...

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Mitacs Globalink research intern at the University of Guelph works on a sensor that provides fast and affordable detection

Kaidi Wang

Globalink research intern Kaidi Wang (pictured here) spent her summer at the University of Guelph developing a hand-held sensor that detects common food allergens in food samples
Photo credit: Jessica Blain, Mitacs Globalink research intern

This story was provided by Mitacs

Although the general population is aware of the health risks posed by food allergies, these risks are still a safety concern for the individuals affected. With no surefire method of detection, people with serious food allergies must avoid certain foods altogether; however, a project at the University of Guelph is increasing food safety by helping to detect allergens well before an item ends up on consumers’ plates.

Kaidi Wang, a food science student at Zhejiang University in China, has travelled to Guelph...

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Shining a spotlight on SURG

SURG editorial team, JackMcCart (Editor-in-Chief), Umna Arshad and Shane Hubbard (Associate Editors)

The SURG editoral team.  From left: JackMcCart (Editor-in-Chief), Umna Arshad and Shane Hubbard (Associate Editors)
Photo by Alaina Osborne

A closer look at the University of Guelph’s undergraduate research journal

By Sameer Chhabra

In 2007, an undergraduate student at the University of Guelph had a curious idea.

Matt Teeter, now an associate professor of medical biophysics at the University of Western Ontario, approached members of the Office of Research to find a way to launch an academic journal aimed at showcasing research specifically conducted by the undergraduate student body at the University.

Through a collaboration between the Office of Research and McLaughlin...

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Technology and expertise that foster innovation

Robert Harris works on a microscope

Photo by Prof. Cezar Khursigara

Robert Harris, pictured above, is the Electron Microscopy coordinator of the Molecular and Cellular Imaging Facility, one of the labs that makes up the Advanced Analysis Centre.

By Liz Snyder

Leading-edge equipment and specialized support staff allow the Advanced Analysis Centre (AAC) to create an environment of discovery for researchers on and off the University of Guelph campus.

Housed in the Summerlee Science Complex and the MacNaughton Building, the AAC contains a wide array of state-of-the-art laboratories that house more than $40-million worth of scientific infrastructure.  Each lab has its own staff, including an academic lead and a technical specialist.

So chances are, if you have a physical or biological...

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Video: Monarch butterfly habitat selection

Photo of a monarch butterfly

University of Guelph grad student Grace Pitman's research on monarch butterfly habitat selection is featured in this video, a finalist in the NSERC - Science, action! contest.  The winner is determined by public voting which closes March 18, 2016.

The monarch butterfly is one of the most recognized and loved insects in the world, partly due to its phenomenal migration from breeding grounds in Canada to the overwintering sites in Mexico. Unfortunately, the eastern North American population of monarchs has declined by 95 percent in the last 20 years. The most important factor driving recent declines of monarchs is the loss of their larval host plant, milkweed, in the U.S. and Canada. By studying which habitats monarchs choose and the consequences associated with those choices, an optimal milkweed planting...

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Cate Dewey and Adam Beswick hold a sign that says #bluewithflu

As flu season hits, Prof. Cate Dewey (left) and MSc. student Adam Beswick are studying how social media helps with disease surveillance among millennials.
Photo by Amy Westlund

Story by Amy Westlund

Hash-tagging your flu-season blues could help track other disease outbreaks, especially among millennials, says a University of Guelph researcher.

Adam Beswick, a MSc. student in epidemiology in the Ontario Veterinary College's Department of Population Medicine, says that when millennials get sick, their first reaction may be to Tweet about it rather than go see  a doctor, where flu cases care normally recorded and reported.

As a result, there may be valuable information to be gained by exploring online platforms for...


New meat processing text highlights up-to-date research

Cover of Shai Barbut book "The Science of Poultry and Meat Processing"

By Kyra Lightburn

Meat processing has reached a new plateau – and now, so has the most comprehensive textbook about it.

The Science of Poultry and Meat Processing, written by globally recognized meat processing researcher Prof. Shai Barbut, is a significant University of Guelph entry into the world of open-access texts, which are offered to users online at no charge.

Barbut’s book details the most up-to-date and accurate research on key topics in the meat processing industry, such as automation, food safety, microbiology and product...

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