THE EFFECTS OF RESP-AID ON ASTHMA

Asthma is one of the serious forms of respiratory diseases causing economic losses and high mortality in the world. RESP – AID is an innovative formula developed by NHV Natural Pet Products to support respiratory disorders and bronchial infections. It is composed of 6 commonly used herbs: Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfar), Marshamallow (Althaea officilanes), Plantain (Pantago major), Mullein (Verbascum Thapsus), Horehound (Marrubium vulgare) and Licorice (Gycyrrhiza glabra).

Flaxseed fractionation for product development and process scale-up.

Flaxseed possesses many useful and valuable components, some in high concentration (oil, protein and fibre) and some as minor components (lignan, orbitides), as well as anti-nutrients such as cyanogenic glycosides and cadmium, which all need to be monitored during development and final production.

Efficacy and insect resistance management of new insecticidal proteins targeting western bean cutworm in Ontario

Western bean cutworm (WBC) is the most important corn pest in Ontario and lack of control can reduce grain yield and quality due to insect feeding and mycotoxin contamination. Unlike other primary corn pests, WBC are not controlled by most transgenic corn expressing Bt proteins. Monsanto has developed new insecticidal proteins to which WBC are susceptible according to preliminary research. To support long-term use of these promising management tools, this project aims to generate information necessary to develop an insect resistance management (IRM) plan.

Grain consumption patterns, their respective nutrient contribution and related health outcomes in Canadians

More than 41 percent of field crops produced in Canada are consumed within this country. However, there is little information available about the common consumption patterns of grain-based foods among Canadians as well as the health outcomes associated with different degrees of grain-based food consumption. Using the most recent Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) released in July 2017, this study investigates the data on consumption pattern of grain-based foods and contributions of grains to Canadian diet, health and wellbeing.

Genetic evaluation of sow efficiency traits using single step genomic evaluation methods - Year 2

Most economically important traits associated with lactation and reproduction in pigs are either less heritable, sex-limited, expressed later in life, or difficult to measure on a routine basis. Genomic predictions using single step best linear unbiased prediction (SSBLUP) methodologies, which utilizes information on phenotypes, pedigree and markers from genotyped and non-genotyped animals simultaneously, is an alternative to phenotype and pedigree based (BLUP) methods.

Quantifying soil nitrogen supply to reduce nitrate loading to groundwater from high intensity agricultural production areas in Nova Scotia

Understanding and measuring nitrogen supply in agricultural soils is a critical component in managing groundwater quality and minimizing impacts on the environment. Degraded water quality, primarily as nitrate contamination, is a growing concern in Atlantic Canada and agricultural fields are potential point sources. This project proposes to develop a baseline dataset from agricultural fields across Nova Scotia toward developing a soil nitrogen supply index that will help producers make better crop fertilization decisions.

Comparative Analysis of Milking Systems in Nova Scotia to improve efficiency and sustainability of water resource

This project will provide a detailed evaluation of the energy, water and labour requirements of the four different types of milking systems used in Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia currently has 36 robotic milking systems installed with more expected in the near future. It is generally considered that robotic systems use more water than free stall systems, however tie stall systems use less than free stall. If the industry is moving to high water use systems then such evaluations are important to ensure a sustainable and responsible approach to water use if achieved.

Genetic evaluation of sow efficiency traits using single step genomic evaluation methods

Most economically important traits associated with lactation and reproduction in pigs are either less heritable, sex-limited, expressed later in life, or difficult to measure on a routine basis. Genomic predictions using single step best linear unbiased prediction (SSBLUP) methodologies, which utilizes information on phenotypes, pedigree and markers from genotyped and non-genotyped animals simultaneously, is an alternative to phenotype and pedigree based (BLUP) methods.

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.

Identification of transcription factors involved in cannabinoid biosynthesis and glandular trichome formation

As an important medicinal plant, Cannabis sativa produces bioactive molecules that provide symptom relief for conditions such as severe cancer pain, nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy. The cannabinoid
biosynthetic pathway that generates bioactive molecules has been studied for over a decade. However, understanding of transcriptional regulators that control cannabinoid synthesis is fairly limited. The primary site of cannabinoid

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