Development of easy-to-prepare pulse-based meals for consumption by office workers to combat the negative health consequences of a sedentary work environment

The project will involve the development of seven “pulse-based” lunches, which are designed to be easy to prepare (i.e. “out of the package”) for people in a typical busy office work environment. Pulses include non-oil legumes such as lentils, chickpeas, beans, and peas, which are a major component of the Canadian agricultural industry and an environmentally sustainable crop (i.e. they require low greenhouse gas input). The post-doctoral applicant (Maryam Kazemi) helped develop a pulse recipe book from a previous clinical trial where pulses reduced risk factors (i.e.

A study of owner perceptions of health and longevity in dogs and cats fed meat- or plant-based diets.

Plant-based diets have been introduced to the companion animal nutrition market, though little evidence exists to support or refute the nutritional sufficiency of plant-based diets for cats and dogs, or the impacts these diets may have on the health and wellbeing of the animals they are fed to. The proposed study aims to question pet owners regarding their perceptions of their pets’ health and longevity, with a specific comparison of plant-based and conventional diets. This will be achieved through a survey made available to pet owners with questions regarding pet health and nutrition.

Optimal manure management strategies to favor productive and low-GHG emitting dairy farms in Québec

Dairy production in Québec, Canada, contributes for 38% of the province agriculture-related greenhouse gas emissions. These numbers could however increase in the near future due to the evolution in manure management of dairy farms.

Drying, harvest, and storage conditions of buckwheat hay used for commercial production of rutin

Production of rutin, a high value of nutraceutical, from buckwheat hay in Manitoba has the potential to be much less labour-intensive and inexpensive compared to that produced offshore from other crops. However, the optimum drying condition of buckwheat hay and the relationship among drying conditions, harvest times and the amount of rutin in the dried hay is not known. An inexpensive and faster method to determine the amount of rutin should also be developed for the factory production of rutin.

Using the cannabis microbiome for sustainable production

Microbes in horticulture are typically something to avoid or eliminate, as pathogens are a significant problem in yield a crop quality.

Economic and environmental impacts associated with removal of productivity-enhancing technologies in the Canadian beef cattle industry

Beef cattle play an important role in food production worldwide by making use of resources from which humans can derive little nutritional value to provide a nutrient-rich foodstuff containing protein, minerals and vitamins. However, greenhouse gases and ammonia that are produced by the cattle industry are associated with climate change. Producing nutritious beef that meets consumer demands with minimal environmental impacts requires a concerted effort from all stakeholders in the beef industry.

Novel Additives to Enhance the Delivery of Foliar Crop Sprays

Crop yield is increasingly important for feeding the global population and making Canada a more self-sustaining country. Active AgriScience is a BC based company that is developing novel technologies and formulati,ons for improving yield in many types of crops including canota, wheat, com, barley, and others. One of the key services that !\clive AgriScience offers is the ability to combine a number of agrochemicals into a single formulation, while maintaining the stability and benefits of each individual ingredient.

SNP association study for immune and behavioral responses traits in turkeys

The major issues facing the turkey industry worldwide are (i) emerging and classic diseases, in response to a lack of effective strategies for treatment and prevention, and (ii) cannibalism resulting from antisocial/injurious-pecking behaviour. Genetic studies could explain the variance within, and association between, health, immunity and behavioural traits to help manage these issues. The objective of this project is to improve health and behaviour through the identification of genetic variants associated with immunity and antisocial/injurious-pecking behaviour responses.

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.

Evaluating the performance of starch and flour ingredients using Rapid Visco Analyzer 4800 at high heating temperatures

In this project, the intern will have the opportunity to work in Perten Instruments Canada and Carbohydrate Chemistry and Utilization Laboratory at the University of Saskatchewan to use the latest model of one instrument (Rapid Visco Analyzer 4800; developed by Perten Instruments) to evaluate the functionality of starch and flour ingredients. The new instrument has the capability to heat starch/flour slurry up to 140°C, which is a significant improvement from previous models as they can only reach a heating temperature of 95°C.