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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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The Fallow Fields

Delta Soil Productivity Evaluation Driving through the Fraser Valley, one can easily spot many high-yield forage fields dotting the landscape. These fields are integral to local food production as dairy farmers depend on them to provide feed for their cattle. The productivity of these fields is not only measured by …

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Out, Spot, Out! Arctic apple and non-browning potato

by Ronda Payne More than aesthetics, science is breeding new, non-browning produce with additional benefits. Manipulating genetics of produce comes up against its share of critics, but the science behind the new non-browning Arctic apples and Innate potatoes is designed to do more than improve the look of food—it’s intended …

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The Science of Wine: The Quest for the Perfect Grape

By Cate Pedersen The senses unravel the mysteries of a fine wine—a vintner can read the subtlety in colour, clarity, weight, density, smell, and taste; with eyes, nose and tongue telling the story of the journey from vine to glass. This part is really the dénouement of the winemaking tale. …

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Bio-Control: Probiotic Microorganisms for Healthier Animals and Crops

What is Bio-Control? Microorganisms have developed many mechanisms to ensure their survival in the ongoing competition for food and space that occurs between the helpful (probiotic) microorganisms and disease-causing (pathogenic) microorganisms. Bio-control technology harnesses the beneficial, naturally occurring mechanisms that allow producers to improve and maintain livestock and crop health, …

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Is a Rapid Detection Tool for Bird Flu on the Horizon?

From China to the United States, the avian influenza continues to endanger both poultry and man. Also known as bird flu, this viral disease has rendered 3 to 5 million people severely ill while 250,000 to 500,000 have lost their lives. Type A, especially strains A (H5N1) and A (H7N9), …

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