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Ecoation Signals a New Age of Agriculture

Dr. Saber Miresmailli is the Founder and CEO of Ecoation Innovative Solutions Inc. (Ecoation), located in North Vancouver, BC. Dr. Miresmailli’s patent-pending technology predicts crop health before signs of pests, disease or deficiencies are visible to growers. Plants change their appearance throughout the day and give off physiological signals that …

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New Age of Farming: recruiting insects as biocontrol agents

By Joseph D. Levitsky Controlling pests protected within the confines of the soil has always proven to be a difficult challenge faced by farmers. These pests, unchallenged, grow in numbers year after year, damaging large portions of crops beyond the point of saleability or profitability. Currently, the popular solution is …

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Hydrotherapy for Cows

By Cate Pedersen Dr. Lisa McCrea, bovine specialist and partner at Agwest Veterinary Group Ltd. in Abbotsford, BC, spends most days traveling to the farms she services throughout the Lower Mainland. Agwest’s three dairy experts cover Delta to Chilliwack, as well as farms in Mission and Maple Ridge. McCrea might …

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Can Bedding Gasification Work in BC?

New Money for Old Bedding! By Matt Dickson, Hallbar Consulting Anyone working in BC’s equine or broiler industries is aware that long-term, year-round solutions are required for the sustainable management of used broiler and horse bedding produced in the Lower Mainland. Finding ways to turn this bedding into a valuable …

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Avivagen: Improving Global Animal & Human Health

By Cate Pedersen In 2013, Cameron Groome was appointed as Chief Executive Officer and President of Avivagen, a small public company based in Ottawa. The company is now poised for change to come to Canadian animal health sciences, with their naturally-inspired feed additive OxC-beta™ Livestock (OxC-beta), and Groome hopes this …

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Okra Trials in BC

A subtropical crop suited for Canadian growers By Ronda Payne If your field has 110 to 120 frost-free days, you like working hard in the summer and you are looking for a new crop to be dedicated to, okra may be just the thing. Okra, a subtropical crop, is being …

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Genomic Sequencing of Apples and Cherries

Protecting BC’s Cultivars: Genomic Sequencing of Apples and Cherries from Genome BC BC’s interior tree fruit industry generates $130 million in wholesale revenue, contributes $900 million in economic activity, and directly employs 1,500 people annually. Ninety-five percent of the cherries grown in Canada grow in BC and it is estimated that …

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Beef Cattle Biology: Seeking Clues to Improve Feed Efficiency

A broad research program is revealing insights to benefit beef cattle productivity while providing training for academics and technology transfer on the East Coast. Led by Dr. Yuri Montanholi, Assistant Professor at the Agricultural Campus of Dalhousie University (Truro, Nova Scotia), a group of “beef cattle enthusiasts”— whom Dr. Montanholi …

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Bees & Berries

How Pollination Affects Your Blueberry Yield Greg Welfing Few topics these days are garnering as much discussion in the agricultural and biological research sectors as the worldwide shortage of bees. Honey bees pollinate approximately one third of the world’s food and pump at least $15 billion each year into the …

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On the Yeast Trail: Genomic Research in Vineyards

Most people appreciate a glass of wine to celebrate a special occasion, accompany a meal or just sip and savour. What they might not appreciate is the importance of one particular ingredient in the wine fermentation process, and that without it they would be left with grape juice in their …

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