An Improved Approach to Watershed Management and Adaptive Decision Making in the Great Lakes

With collaboration between the Council of the Great Lakes Region, Pollution Probe and Lambton College, the proposed project is focused on continuing the development of an artificial intelligence visualization tool to enable users to select growth constraints and visualize resulting changes to watershed health, predict how watersheds will evolve over time and prescribe actions to protect them. This AI tool’s purpose is to analyze historical watershed data and to predict changes to a watershed over time. Looking into water quality and the minimum and maximum of water quality thresholds.

Development and Optimization of Fish Hydrolysate Fertilizer Formulation

The fish processing industry produces a high level of fish waste (head, bones, skin, fins, etc.) which is often discarded in landfills. This underutilized biomass waste stream has potential to be upgraded through hydrolysis to be used an organic fertilizer. Eberts Fur Farm Inc. currently obtains fish waste from a local food supplier to use in their animal feed formulation. They are now looking to diversify their business with the production of organic fish-based liquid fertilizer in order to fulfill Chatham-Kent’s demand for a regional and organic supplier of fertilizer solutions.

Standardized ginseng polysaccharide extracts for immune health

The COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything the world has seen in over a century, both in terms of global spread and economic impact. Certain individuals particularly the elderly and those with underlying diseases, are more susceptible to severe infection and dysregulation of the immune system. Since the recent outbreak, many more individuals have been taking immune stimulating natural health products (NHPs) to promote better immune health. Unfortunately, quality of most NHPs in Canada is not regulated to a high standard.

Quantum dots labelling technology to assess polysaccharides disposition profile and innate immune function

In the past decade, sales of several natural health products (NHPs), including Canadian grown American ginseng, have seen an unprecedented spike due to their wide health benefits. One of the key bioactive constituents in ginseng is polysaccharide(s) (PS) known to significantly boost the immune system by modulating a host of immune cells. Unfortunately, there is no specific analytical tools at present to elucidate their disposition and pharmacology. We have been successful in synthesizing and characterizing Ginseng-PS conjugated to carbon dot.