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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

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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Blueberry Gall Midge

Pest Profile: Blueberry Gall Midge

The blueberry gall midge [(Dasineura oxycoccana (Johnson)] is a relatively misunderstood pest of highbush blueberries. The pest is not new to the Fraser Valley, but its prevalence has increased in the past few years, likely due in part to the rapid expansion of planted acreage. In the past, many thought …

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Antibiotic Resistance in Canadian Livestock

There is increasing awareness amongst public health officials in Canada about the emerging threat of antibiotic resistance, a threat which if left unchecked could see the end of many of the effective treatments for common bacterial infections which we have become used to in the modern world. Reports of resistance …

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UBC, Faculty of Land and Food Systems: A place to grow

Returning to familiar ground, Dr. Rickey Yada takes on his new role of Dean of the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems with a passion equal to that of the most focused student. An alum of the Faculty—BSc. (Agriculture), MSc. and PhD (food science)— Yada returned …

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Medical Marijuana

Medicinal Marijuana: Unveiling the Therapeutic Potential

words: Dr. Hyder A. Khoja, Ph.D., M.Sc., A.Ag. India is a land steeped in faith and mysticism. Ayurveda, combining the Sanskrit words for life and knowledge, is a system of medicine intertwined inextricably with these traits. That a core of belief combined with empirical experimentation could produce a viable medical regimen …

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Stinkbug Stages

PEST PROFILE: BROWN MARMORATED STINK BUG

Even though the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) is not known to be currently present in BC, we chose it for this feature since the Fraser Valley is at a relatively high risk for introduction and we will likely be dealing with this pest here before long. BMSB is native …

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Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

East Offers West Results Growers and producers in the west know the unique climate this side of the Rockies poses its own challenges. So how is it that an Ontario-based organization is making strides to benefit western growers? It’s because of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre’s focus on what …

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Phosphorus

Phosphorus in Soil and Plants: A Primer

Over 80 per cent of the world’s production of phosphorus (P) is devoted to plant fertilization. Within the next 50 to 100 years, global phosphate resources are predicted to be depleted. Paradoxically, although phosphorus fertilizer is expensive, and although there is only a finite limit to available phosphate rock worldwide, …

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