At harvest, the males of a mixed female/male culture of farmed Sockeye salmon are larger in freshwater culture. This research will enhance the percentages of male fish in a mixed female/male cultured population of Sockeye so as to increase the harvest weight of the fish. In addition, proteomics will be used to identify key markers of metabolic processes that can be used in real time to ensure the Sockeye are cultured in a way that ensures the good welfare of the fish.
In collaboration between Thompson Rivers University (TRU) and Beaver Meadow Farms (BMF), we propose to investigate the invasive foreign red seaweed Mazzaella Japonica as a food additive for ruminant livestock, primarily cattle. BMF is a multi-faceted agricultural company based on northern Vancouver Island built around organic pasture-raised cattle but also the harvest of storm-cast Mazzaella Japonica.
While modern pesticides have dramatically improved crop yields and food security, the challenges of emerging pest resistance, environmental run-off, and the need to help crops better cope with weather-related stresses like drought and extreme heat all demand new solutions. Our partner, Suncor, has recently developed a new class of plant immune aids that activate a plants native immune system to induce a range of beneficial responses to both pest and weather-related stresses while avoiding some of the downstream challenges associated with existing pesticide and fertilizer use. Intern Dr.
Echinacea purpurea is a popular herbal medicine with a global market of ?$1 billion but there is tremendous variability yet limited distinction between the products on the market. Amway Canada is a leader in the production and distribution of Echinacea products, and now aims to leverage the company`s unique Echinacea resources by sequencing the plant`s genetic code and identifying new and improved traits related to both agriculture and natural health products.
Saskatchewan is among the largest producer and exporter of pulses to various countries across the globe. However, pulses are not widely consumed in Canada. In Canada, the variety of pulse-based products is limited compared to those made from other legumes such as soybeans or from cereal grains. Consumers, including young children, will consume newly developed pulse-based products and ingredients if these are introduced into their diets.
Feather pecking (FP) in egg-laying hens, where individuals peck at other birds to pull out and eat their feathers, is a challenge for the sector with large economic and welfare implications. It is especially of concern in systems where birds are housed in large social groups as it is harder to control.
With new policies in Canada leading to the transition from conventional cage to alternative housing systems, it becomes imperative to reduce the risk of large scale FP outbreaks.
The Canadian swine industry must adapt to current and emerging challenges to remain competitive. In general, the industry is focused on improving efficiencies and reducing costs of production. However, the industry also faces many concerns regarding environmental sustainability and societal acceptance of production that need to be continually addressed. Feed represents approximately 70% of the cost of production and plays a critical role in maintaining animal health and performance and in reducing the environmental impact of pork production.
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).
The waste/by-products generated from lobster processing are rich in valuable compounds, one of which is chitin/chitosan. Chitosan is a natural polymer that has wide ranging applications in several fields ranging from agriculture to cosmetics. Specifically, the ability of chitosan to act against pathogenic microbes is of interest in this study. The aim of this project is to use a sustainable and mild extraction approach to obtain chitosan from lobster shell waste.
Overall this study aims to determine feasibility, parameters, and processes related to improved utilization of selected byproducts resulting from Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Limited (CBPPL) operations. The proposed activities and ideas relate to monitoring and understanding the nature of the composition of the mill's production of wood ash over time, determining the suitability, feasibility of improving mill competitiveness through alternate/improved processing of ash, sludge and waste heat.