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Experts Alert: World Food Day

October 16 is World Food Day, a day created by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to promote worldwide action to ensure healthy diets for all. World Food Day aims for a world where there is not only zero hunger, but access to healthy foods that nurture the planet. As “Canada’s food …

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Experts Alert: World Mental Health Day

This week is national Mental Illness Awareness Week, an annual event designed to raise awareness about mental health issues and the realities of mental illness. The week coincides with World Mental Health Day on Oct. 10, coordinated by the World Health Organization, whose focus this year is on suicide prevention. The University of Guelph has …

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LifeScanner Food Fraud ID Kit Makes Headlines

A DNA identification kit developed at U of G’s Centre for Biodiversity Genomics (CBG) was featured in a Canadian Press story looking at how the device’s developers have harnessed “citizen science” to help detect seafood fraud and mislabelling. Sujeevan Ratnasingham, associate director of informatics at CBG, explained how the device, called the LifeScanner kit, can …

Expert Alert: U of G Experts Can Comment on Listeria Outbreak

With an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections involving cooked diced chicken now affecting three provinces, the University of Guelph has experts who can discuss the outbreak and the listeria bacterium. Prof. Keith Warriner, a food microbiologist in the Department of Food Science, researches food-borne pathogens, food-borne hazards detection technologies and intervention technologies. His research has contributed to methods …

CBC Spotlights U of G Successful Rice Crop

A collaborative effort between U of G researchers and industry to develop Canada’s first commercial rice production has resulted in success, CBC Windsor recently reported. Ontario FangZheng Agriculture Enterprises along with researchers from U of G’s Ridgetown Campus set out to grow a one-hectare trial rice crop on a farm west of Chatham. Farm manager Wendy …

Guelph Turfgrass Institute Makes Headlines

The ongoing research at the Guelph Turfgrass Institute was recently featured in an article in ScoreGolf magazine. The article noted the GTI is “internationally renowned” and “widely respected as a world-class hub for turfgrass and sports field research” and that golf superintendents across the country rely on the Institute for expertise when turf problems arise. …

History Prof Discusses War Connections With Ottawa Citizen

Prof. Matthew Hayday, with the Department of History, spoke to the Ottawa Citizen, about why so many Canadians remain angry about a poorly executed Veterans Affairs video. The video, released last spring to commemorate VE Day, mistakenly showed Second World War German soldiers in place of Canadian soldiers. Though the department quickly apologized, many war …