New Brunswick company fights food invaders, naturally

“Consumers and companies alike are looking for safe and natural ways to keep their products fresher for longer,” says Natasha, CEO of Chinova Bioworks. “But labels full of unpronounceable, artificial ingredients can turn consumers off. It was important to me to create an alternative to the chemical preservatives normally found in food and beverage products.”

While conceptualizing the product, Natasha was searching for someone to take it to the next level — and she knew that Mitacs was available to help fledgling companies like hers.

Exploring home range and habitat use during the breeding season of the Bicknell’s thrush (Catharus bicknelli) in New Brunswick Clear-cuts

The Bicknell’s thrush (Cathurs bicknelli) is a rare songbird with the most restrictive breeding range in North America. The Bicknell’s thrush spends its summer months breeding in high elevation, stunted growth forests – a habitat that the species specializes in. In New Brunswick, there has been a documented population decline of 11.5% per year since 2001. After having identified specific geographic areas where Bicknell’s thrush present, this project proposes using radio-tracking to describe individual’s breeding home ranges and extrapolate population size and densities.

Physical Activity Opportunities in Saint John, New Brunswick: A Neighbourhood Assessment by Income

Physical activity can help people prevent and manage diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. Currently, many Canadians are not sufficiently active, citing lack of time, money, knowledge, and access to physical activity programs as barriers. This compilation of physical activity programs in Saint John, New Brunswick, will gather details of the types of physical activity programs available and will map them by average income in local neighbourhoods to determine if access is equal for all.

Community dynamics in restored salt marshes

Salt marshes are important coastal ecosystems because they provide many services to surrounding areas. Due to the high fertility of salt marsh soil, they have a long history of being converted to farmland in Maritime Canada. In recent years, there has been growing interest in restoring salt marshes to protect against coastal erosion, mitigate sea level rise, and provide increased habitat for birds, fish, etc.

Understanding of the effect of wood quality and pulping conditions on the properties of dissolving pulp

AV Nackawic has experienced significant variations in the quality of its final product, including, pulp viscosity. There are many variables, both quality parameters of raw materials such as, wood species, chip size, and process conditions such as P- factor, EA, H-factor, play a key role in the overall quality of the final product. Due to the multivariable and complex nature of the issue, modelling/ data analyses using PCA and PLS analyses can reveal the key parameters that affect the pulp quality, thus gaining operational guidance.

Optimization of Conventional and Novel Methods for Removing Carbon Dioxide from Recirculating Aquaculture Systems

Recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) are land based fish farms that recycle the water from the fish tanks using multiple water treatment processes. Fish produce large amounts of carbon dioxide, through respiration, that needs to be removed during the water treatment process since high levels of carbon dioxide are hazardous to fish. Currently the most common method of removing carbon dioxide from recirculating water is with degassing towers. Moving bed biofilters and sidewall-box airlift pumps could also be used as a method of carbon dioxide control.

Security assessment of mobile financial services

Information technology rapid evolution was always closely followed by sophistication of malware. And with ubiquitous shift to mobile platforms, rise of mobile malware and in particular banking malware came as no surprise. In general, any financial operation on a mobile platform potentially exposes a user to the variety of threats including data leakage, theft and financial loss. Driven by financial profits, banking malware leverages user's cluelessness, openness of mobile platforms, often a lack of security measures.

Early Childhood Education project

Early Learning is an impotant undertaking in Canadian society and supporting young children as they move from home to early learning centres onto kindergarten classes is of particular interest and value to educators, helping us to ensure we provide the right environments and supports for all young children. This research will help us to provide the most appropriate learning experiences to young children in new Brunswick and beyond.

Calibration of a Novel Orifice Plate Flow-meter

Accurate measurements of mass flow rate in a pipe is crucial to virtually every industrial process where a fluid is moved from place to place. The velocity measured in a pipe is often determined by measuring the pressure drop over an orifice plate. Once this orifice plate is properly calibrated, the velocity and in turn, the mass flow through the pipe can be calculated. A downside of the orifice plates is that the plates need to be calibrated. Proper calibration of the orifice plate is essential so that that mass flow rate can be accurately predicted using the pressure drop measurements.

Profiling Microbial Volatile Organic Compounds (MVOC’s); Progress Toward Detection of Various Mould Species via Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry

The purpose of this research will be to analyze microbial volatile organic compounds for the purpose of the development of an analytical method for the detection and speciation of moulds in an indoor environment.