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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.  


Understanding soil health
Posted Friday June 30, 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 June 30, 2017 2:41 PM - Moore, Rebecca
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Reliable identification tests for E.coli
Posted Friday June 30, 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 June 30, 2017 2:39 PM - Moore, Rebecca
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Reducing dairy-related greenhouse gases
Posted Friday June 30, 2017 2:30 PM - Moore, Rebecca
Every little bit helps when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and researchers at the University of Guelph's School of Environmental Sciences have some suggestions about how to help. For example, they've found that completely emptying livestock manure storage systems is a relatively simple but effective method of reducing methane emissions to less than half of those produced by partially emptied systems. Full story here
Last Updated Friday June 30, 2017 2:39 PM - Moore, Rebecca
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The effects of climate change on farming
Posted Wednesday May 3, 2017 12:00 PM - Moore, Rebecca
Ontario's rural areas and communities are constantly changing and evolving, due to a variety of factors - employment opportunities, population shifts and energy prices among them. But one of the biggest factors influencing rural Ontario's future will be climate change, as it creates new opportunities and challenges for farmers and food production. Read about several OMAFRA-University of Guelph Partnership supported research initiatives dedicated to understanding the effects of climate change here 
Last Updated Tuesday May 9, 2017 9:45 AM - Moore, Rebecca
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Harnessing natural immunity to reduce antimicrobial use
Posted Wednesday May 3, 2017 12:00 PM - Moore, Rebecca
Antimicrobial resistant diseases are an ongoing concern for Ontario's livestock producers. In response, University of Guelph researchers are developing innovative new methods and tools that will allow producers to harness their animals' natural immunity against serious diseases, and pinpoint the animals in a herd that are the most resistant to disease. Read more here
Last Updated Tuesday May 9, 2017 9:45 AM - Moore, Rebecca
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