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Find out how OMAFRA- U of G Partnership research is making an impact.  If you have something you would like to share, please contact Mary Visser Kerr at secagrfd@uoguelph.ca.  


Automated approach could save millions of litres of water
Posted Thursday October 12, 2017 4:05 PM - Moore, Rebecca
Canadian nurseries account for almost four per cent of total water use in Canada and experience a lot of nutrient runoff in the production process. To reduce runoff and water consumption, Jared Stoochnoff, graduate student and recipient of OMAFRA's Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) scholarship, and Prof. Mike Dixon, School of Environmental Sciences, are developing cost-effective technologies and management. Read more on their efforts here
Last Updated Thursday October 12, 2017 4:04 PM - Moore, Rebecca
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Animal disease cost-benefit framework helps quantify risks
Posted Thursday October 12, 2017 4:05 PM - Moore, Rebecca
A new cost-benefit framework developed by U of G researchers will help policy makers and the agri-food sector evaluate how effective specific animal disease interventions or surveillance approaches are, and decide which of them should be prioritized. Prof. Mike von Massow, Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics, is creating a framework to help policy-makers evaluate variables that can be difficult to measure, such as probable outcomes of disease outbreaks, in a consistent, comparable way. Read the full story here.
Last Updated Thursday October 12, 2017 4:04 PM - Moore, Rebecca
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Biomaterial industry growth can be supported by agricultural sector
Posted Wednesday August 23, 2017 4:30 PM - Moore, Rebecca
Ontario's agricultural sector can easily meet the plant fibre needs of the emerging biomaterial industry, researchers have found. The global biomaterial industry - based on products manufactured from renewable, biologically based resources - is expected to grow by more than 15 per cent in the next few years. This growth is primarily fuelled by consumer demand for greener products. Read the full article here.
Last Updated Wednesday August 23, 2017 4:18 PM - Moore, Rebecca
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Understanding soil health
Posted Wednesday July 26, 2017 3:00 PM - Moore, Rebecca
Getting the full scoop on soil health involves more than just a quick glance at what's being grown on the surface. Rather, it requires a better understanding of a complex relationship including cover crop use, microorganism populations and cropping systems. To this end, the OMAFRA-University of Guelph research partnership has been working toward a better understanding of how Ontario farmers can keep soils as rich and fertile as possible while aiming for sustainable high yields that will feed a growing population. Read more here 
Last Updated Friday July 28, 2017 1:44 PM - Moore, Rebecca
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Reliable identification tests for E.coli
Posted Monday July 24, 2017 2:30 PM - Moore, Rebecca
Escherichia coli (or E. coli) bacteria are widely distributed in nature. More than 700 distinct types (also called serotypes) have been identified. Most strains are harmless, and some are beneficial. But others are responsible for outbreaks of food-borne illness. One particular group produces Shiga toxin, nasty substances which are very similar to the toxins produced by the Shigella dysenteriae bacteria that cause dysentery. These Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (or STEC) are the ones most often reported as the cause of food contamination. Read more about the development of a reliable test that proves meat is free of toxin-producing E.coli here.
Last Updated Friday July 28, 2017 1:45 PM - Moore, Rebecca
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