Development of a novel processing method for stabilization, extraction and bio-refining of value-added functional ingredients from marine by-products for use in feed and food products.

This research will look to extract value from marine food processing by-products through development of green chemistry technologies, to generate valuable bio-products that may be used in a health prevention role in animals and humans. This will benefit existing food processors by addressing underutilized resources, add value in the partner industry and provide tools for Canadians in the future to access affordable functional food ingredients.

Cannabis Access Regulations Study (CANARY)

The CANARY study is a patient-centered assessment of the impact of the regulatory changes regarding access to cannabis for medical purposes in Canada. The study is the first to offer patients? perspectives regarding their experience of access to medical cannabis after the implementation of the new federal regulations that have created a decentralized competitive
national market for medical cannabis through the licensing of commercial producers.

Development and testing of crops demonstrating improved biomass hydrolysis for biofuel production

Biobased products, mostly derived from plant biomass, have the potential to improve the sustainability of Canada’s natural resources and environmental quality while competing economically. Plant biomass, composed primarily of cell walls and modification of cell wall properties has the potential to improve biomass conversion to biobased products such as biofuels. Progress towards achieving this goal is currently impeded by a lack of knowledge of how cell walls are assembled and how their structure affects the processing of biomass.

An Economic Analysis of Improving the Grain Export Capacity at the West Coast Terminals

It was evident in the 2013/14 crop year that when limited export capacity is rationed by price, large export basis reduces Saskatchewan prices at a substantial cost to grain producers and the provincial economy. Given the increasing long term yield trend, the projected 10 million tonne increase in crop production under the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth, and the continued growth in Asian grain markets, West Coast export capacity is likely to be an issue for decades to come.

Barley Flour: Chemical Composition, Effect of Enzymatic Treatment on Flavor Interaction, and its Application in High Protein Food Products

The main objective of this research study is to investigate the potential of proteins from barley as functional ingredients and to study their interactions with some selected flavors. Three specific objectives will be addressed throughout this project. Barley protein will be isolated and qualified, including determining its functionality properties (ex.

Biogas Production using Thermophilic Anaerobic Digestion with Compressed Gas Mixing in a Mixed Plug Flow Digester

The project will be taking in agricultural waste sources to produce biogas. Biogas after being purified is equivalent to the natural gas supplied by your local utility. The core of the research will be to investigate methods to speed up gas production for a given waste input and increase gas extraction. The production will be sped up by controlling the temperature at a higher point and the extraction will be increased by recirculating the produced gas into the biomass to unsettle and release trapped pockets of gas.

The benefits of hemp protein supplementation during resistance training

Hemp powder is an increasingly popular supplement with body builders. Hemp contains many of the essential building blocks of proteins (i.e. amino acids) and also contains oil helpful to prevent swelling. It may also be beneficial for building muscle mass and increasing bone health. Despite these possible benefits, the effectiveness of hemp powder during a strength training program has never been assessed.

Optimization of haskap Juice manufacturing process

Haskap, an emerging new berry crop in Canada, has tremendous potential for use in functional foods. The crop can be easily propagated and grown in a wide range of soils providing economic benefit, in that it will allow for better use of abundant farm lands present in Atlantic Canada. Research conducted at the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus indicates that antioxidant properties and total polyphenols of haskap are greater than that of wild blueberry.

Climate change and genotype variations impacts on human health properties of wheat

Recent consumer interest in controlling and preventing chronic diseases through improved diet has promoted research on the bioactive components of agricultural products. Wheat is an important component of the human diet, providing energy, due to its high content of carbohydrate, and protein. In addition, wheat contains high levels of secondary metabolite (bioactive) compounds such as antioxidants. Wheat genotype, the environment, and possibly interactions between the genotype and environment are known to strongly influence the levels of these bioactives.

Swine feed efficiency improvement and meat quality co-selection using genome wide technologies Year Two

Improving feed efficiency (FE) and meat quality (MQ) are Canadian swine industry priorities that will increase sustainability and competitiveness. It is difficult to improve these traits simultaneously by traditional breeding methods due to limited knowledge of genetic interactions, limitations on animals that can be measured and the high cost of measurement. High throughput genomic technology has the potential to positively impact these issues. Our overall purpose is to develop a genomic assisted breeding program to simultaneously improve FE and MQ.

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