U of G Prof Pens Book on Pandemics

From COVID-19 to Ebola to West Nile virus, how diseases jump from animals to people is the topic of a new book being released this spring by a University of Guelph epidemiologist. In On Pandemics: Deadly Diseases from Bubonic Plague to Coronavirus, professor emeritus David Waltner-Toews discusses human health threats posed by various zoonotic diseases and how a “one health” approach might help prevent future …

Study Proves U of G’s DNA Metabarcoding Effective for Monitoring Biodiversity

University of Guelph-developed DNA metabarcoding technology has been found to be more effective at monitoring biodiversity of ecosystems than traditional methods.  The science has been used in a study of the Peace-Athabasca Delta in northern Alberta, a vast ecosystem threatened by environmental pollutants from mining and hydroelectric projects. One of the greatest challenges faced by …

U of G’s Virtual Well-Being Project Attracts Followers Worldwide

Rosa Esmaeilbeigi is channelling her inner Jackson Pollock. Jane Dawkins got herself a new bike. And Prof. Andria Jones-Bitton is assembling jigsaw puzzles and keeping up with her book club. From exploring hobbies to keeping active to staying mentally relaxed but engaged, ideas for boosting people’s well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic through a University of Guelph virtual project …

U of G Research Behind Surface Coating That Kills COVID-19 Virus

A surface coating that kills viruses upon contact, like the COVID-19-causing coronavirus, and that lasts for weeks is based on innovation developed by the University of Guelph and Guelph-based company EnvisionSQ. This self-sterilizing nano-coating, called NanoCleanSQ, is among the latest Canadian technologies to receive funding from the government’s Next Generation Manufacturing Canada program. The program …

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U of G Students Working on Front Lines of COVID-19 Outbreak

During the early stages of the COVID-19 prevention measures, amid completing classes and preparing for final exams, University of Guelph student Erik Campbell-Anton felt compelled to serve on the front lines of the pandemic.   He took a job at Caressant Care, an assisted living home in St. Thomas, Ont., working alongside his grandmother and two aunts who are staff members there. He wanted to …

U of G Technology Behind Mobile COVID-19 Test for Rural, Indigenous, Remote Areas

Rapid, portable COVID-19 testing, especially for underserved, remote areas such as Indigenous communities in northern Ontario, is the purpose of a new “lab in a briefcase” based on University of Guelph genomics technology. The test was adapted by Precision Biomonitoring, a Guelph-based company named in late March among the first 10 candidate companies selected by …

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U of G Develops Effective Way to Replenish Threatened Plants

From two seeds grew a thousand plants. University of Guelph researchers used advanced cloning techniques to give the threatened Hill’s thistle a fighting chance. This cutting-edge propagation method could rejuvenate the population of other threatened and endangered plant species, said lead researcher Prof. Praveen Saxena, Department of Plant Agriculture. Published recently in the journal PLOS …

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U of G Innovation Behind N95 Mask Sanitizing Units Now Used by Hospitals

A University of Guelph innovation for decontaminating fresh produce is being used to sanitize N95 masks for health-care workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic. Developed by food scientist Keith Warriner and a Niagara-area company, the “clean flow” technology enables health-care facilities to decontaminate much-needed N95 masks for safe reuse. He said proper sanitation is important for …