Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Two new workshops on medical Cannabis production and quality control

The Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, in conjunction with the School of Continuing Studies, is pleased to offer two one-day professional workshops on the industrial production and quality control of medical Cannabis.

The imminent legalization of Cannabis in Canada will result in an immediate need for highly-qualified personnel with knowledge in Cannabis production.

Classified as: medical cannabis, plant production, greenhouse industry
Published on: 8 Feb 2018

McGill’s men and women’s teams won top honours at the 58th annual Macdonald College Woodsmen competition, held January 27 at the Macdonald Campus in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Qc. Nineteen teams representing seven schools, Dalhousie, UNB, Fleming College, Algonquin College, Dartmouth and Maritime College of Forest Technology, competed in team, double and individual chopping and sawing events showcasing skills reminiscent of traditional lumberjacking.

Classified as: Woodsmen, Intercollegiate Woodsmen Competition
Published on: 30 Jan 2018

Puissant influenceur des tendances en matière de décoration, l'Institut Pantone dictera-t-il maintenant le contenu de notre assiette? La couleur 2018 - l'ultraviolet - est aussi celle de l'igname pourpre, un légume hautement photogénique, candidat idéal pour ravir les comptes Instagram des foodies cette année (à défaut de séduire à coup sûr leurs papilles).

Classified as: david wees, igname pourpre
Published on: 25 Jan 2018

University set to host opposing teams for third tournament of the season

It almost feels like a cabin you might find in Northern Quebec country. It’s warm and intimate, a welcoming feeling on a cold day.

At McGill’s Macdonald campus, located in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, the shed is filled with giant saws, axes of all kinds and huge stacks of wood that certainly aren’t there to be someone’s kindling.

The shed, along with a snowy field of throwing axe targets and climbing poles serve as home base for the McGill Woodsmen.

Classified as: Woodsmen, Lumberjacks, Lumberjills
Published on: 25 Jan 2018

City of Montreal will plant 40,000 saplings to replace trees that must be cut down

Thousands of ash trees infested by the tiny but destructive emerald ash borer will be cut down in Mount Royal Park by March 2019.

There are more than 10,000 ash trees in the park, and two-thirds have been treated against the invasive bug.  The rest are getting axed.

Classified as: Jim Fyles, trees
Published on: 22 Jan 2018

The average Canadian might hold a romanticized view of agriculture in this country, but for a group of nearly 100 industry, academic, government folks, big data is key to the sector’s future.

The $250 million Smart Agri-Food Super Cluster (SASC) is one of nine industry-led projects, and one of two that focuses on agriculture, to be shortlisted for up to $950 million in federal innovation funding earmarked in last year’s budget.

Classified as: agriculture, smart ag
Published on: 22 Jan 2018

Researchers demonstrate for the first time the potential of existing technology to directly detect and characterize life on Mars and other planets. The study, published in Frontiers in Microbiology, used miniaturized scientific instruments and new microbiology techniques to identify and examine microorganisms in the Canadian high Arctic - one of the closest analogs to Mars on Earth. By avoiding delays that come with having to return samples to a laboratory for analysis, the methodology could also be used on Earth to detect and identify pathogens during epidemics in remote areas.

Classified as: lyle whyte, Mars, Mars exploration, detecting life
Published on: 22 Jan 2018

New labs and equipment through the CFI’s Innovation Fund will help six transformative McGill research projects to collaborate, innovate and train the next generation of scientists for the jobs of tomorrow.

...Professors Timothy Geary (Institute of Parasitology) and Anja Geitmann (Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) were each awarded funding in this round.

Classified as: CFI grants, plant science, parasitology
Published on: 19 Jan 2018

Congratulations to the winners of the Lister Family Engaged Science 3-Minute Thesis® Competition - Véronique Boyer, Marcus Kaji, and Karolin Dietrich - pictured here with Dean Anja Geitmann and Geoffrey Kelley, MNA for Jacques-Cartier and Minister responsible for Native Affairs.

First place winner, Mark Kaji is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Parasitology. His presentation was entitled "Real life vampires and how to kill them"

Classified as: 3-Minute Thesis, Lister Family Engaged Science Initiative
Published on: 15 Jan 2018

However, Lawrence Goodridge, the director of McGill University's food safety and quality program, said the practice of thoroughly washing infected lettuce won't make it safe for consumption.

"That is actually untrue, that is not the case," he said. "Washing lettuce or any fresh produce that may be contaminated with bacteria is a not a way to ensure its safety."​

"The number of bacteria that one must consume to become sick is so low — and when you wash a lettuce or any fresh produce, you cannot wash away 100 per cent of the bacteria."

Classified as: Lawrence Goodridge, E. coli, romaine lettuce, food safety
Published on: 8 Jan 2018

Jaswinder Singh can hardly contain his excitement when talking about TLP8, a useful protein he discovered in barley. “It could revolutionize the brewing industry,” said the associate professor at McGill University’s plant science department.

...Singh and his research team identified 22 genes in barley that were related to the germination process.

Classified as: Jaswinder Singh, beer industry, brewing, TLP8 protein
Published on: 3 Jan 2018

It takes a long time to develop a new variety from scratch. Dr. Bruce Coulman of the University of Sask­atchewan recently recalled the start of his forage breeding career at McGill University. McGill had allowed its forage breeding program to collapse, and had no breeding lines under development when Coulman started. Starting from scratch in 1976, Coulman registered his first forage variety in 1993.

[Bruce Coulman is a former professor from the Department of Plant Science and served as Departmental Chair]

Classified as: forage crops, forage breeding
Published on: 3 Jan 2018

Researchers from McGill University (Paul Thomassin) found that if Canadians ate less meat, and more fruits and vegetables, Canada's GDP would benefit. The authors recommended the government subsidize fruits and vegetables, and tax meat, in an effort to reduce chronic disease.

Huffington Post

Read research article

 

Classified as: Paul Thomassin, Canada Food Guide, meat consumption
Published on: 3 Jan 2018

En cette fin d'année, nous vous proposons une réflexion sur l'agriculture avec une femme qui a consacré sa vie aux enjeux agricoles. Anja Geitmann est doyenne de la faculté des sciences de l'agriculture et de l'environnement à l'Université McGill.

Radio-Canada

 

Classified as: agriculture, Anja Geitmann
Published on: 18 Dec 2017

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