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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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GryphSens: Testing For Severe Cattle Diseases

Until recently, dairy farmers have been hindered in their ability to quickly detect possible reasons for a reduction in milk production among their herds. One reason might be sub-clinical ketosis (SCK) when an affected cow appears to be well and only becomes observably distressed when SCK becomes full ketosis and …

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Bee Vectoring: Pollination and Crop Protection

Cate Pedersen Lately, the buzz has been all about the bees—and with good reason. Climate change and pesticide use has been blamed for the decline of bee populations around the world. Scientists are in agreement across the board that the bee decline will have devastating effects on global food production. …

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GMOs: How necessary are they?

Editorial Does your food contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs)? Unless you eat only organic, chances are a good portion of your food has some form of GMO in it. From your morning toast, to your mid-day salad, to your evening ice cream, all can contain some form of modified organism. …

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