Student studies vitamin A-boosted chickpeas

Student studies vitamin A-boosted chickpeas

In developing countries, more than three million children are at high risk for permanent blindness due to severe vitamin A deficiency.

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U of S receives funding for poultry barn lighting research

U of S receives funding for poultry barn lighting research

A Canadian restaurant chain has announced it will support the University of Saskatchewan to expand an important research project examining lighting enhancements and related health and welfare outcomes for broiler chickens.

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Federal funding for livestock and forage centre

Federal funding for livestock and forage centre

A $4.47 million investment by the Government of Canada was announced this morning at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) to support the planned construction of the university’s Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE) to be built near Saskatoon.

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U of S alumni document history of the Agriculture Building

U of S alumni document history of the Agriculture Building

University of Saskatchewan agriculture alumni Bob McKercher and Ted Turner have written a book about a classic Saskatchewan story of communities coming together to fulfill a dream: To construct the largest agriculture teaching and research facility in Canada.

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Planting the seeds of success

Planting the seeds of success

For Andrew Reddekopp, farming is more than a career. It’s a way of life.

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Local Flavour

Local Flavour

Life is rarely a straight path, and that can be a good thing.

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Young Marketers Compete in National Competition

Young Marketers Compete in National Competition

A team of students from the University of Saskatchewan advanced to the semifinals of a national marketing competition hosted by the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) April 26 – 27 in Dallas, Texas.

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Divide and conquer

Divide and conquer

Zoe Gillespie is always looking a few years down the road, and what she sees is the chance to benefit human health through her work in nutrigenomics in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources.

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Training a new generation of ag experts

Training a new generation of ag experts

In the more than 100 years since the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Agriculture and Bioresources was founded in 1909—then bereft of the latter portion of its title—the college has continued to evolve and expand.

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U of S-led project will use biowaste technology to clean up polluted soil

U of S-led project will use biowaste technology to clean up polluted soil

University of Saskatchewan soil researchers have been awarded $750,000 in federal funding to develop a next-generation method of removing spilled petroleum pollutants within the soil at former gas stations by using converted biowaste from cattle processing plants.

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U of S champion ready for 3MT regionals

U of S champion ready for 3MT regionals

For Renbo Xu, one of the greatest challenges she faced in the University of Saskatchewan Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition was distilling three years' worth of research down to three minutes.

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Battling nature’s nasty side

Battling nature’s nasty side

Mycotoxins disrupt life itself, and finding how to combat their devilish ways is a passion for Natacha Hogan.

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Students for sustainability

Students for sustainability

Students in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources are taking action to make the University of Saskatchewan campus and Saskatoon community more sustainable.

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An incredible journey

An incredible journey

A life-long passion takes animal nutrition researcher to the far edge of inner space.

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U of S researchers exploring soil ecosystems, biomedical coating

U of S researchers exploring soil ecosystems, biomedical coating

University of Saskatchewan (U of S) researchers have been awarded close to $1.5 million by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) for collaborative projects that will improve the durability of biomedical implants and increase understanding of how land use and climate affect soil in agricultural areas.

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U of S Range Team places second in competition

U of S Range Team places second in competition

At the Undergraduate Range Management Exam (URME) in St. George, Utah the U of S Range Team placed second against over 24 universities across North America.

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It really is who you know

It really is who you know

Farming isn’t just about tractors and seeds—networking is becoming the driving force in modern agriculture.

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Charting a third way

Charting a third way

Forget ideology—tomorrow’s agriculture will be an organic-conventional mash-up.

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Dilema in aisle 3

Dilema in aisle 3

Jill Hobbs is peering into the enigmatic ways of today’s shoppers and how they’re revolutionizing the food business.

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Governments invest in agriculture research

Governments invest in agriculture research

The Crop Development Centre (CDC) in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources is one of many groups receiving a boost from recent joint federal and provincial funding.

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FYRE on the Beamline

FYRE on the Beamline

Thanks to a collaboration between the College of Agriculture and Bioresources, the Undergraduate Research Initiative, and the Canadian Light Source, professor Colin Laroque offered students in Environmental Science 110 an exciting opportunity in fall 2016: to complete a research project using the IDEAS Beamline at the Canadian Light Source (CLS). Zachary Person, a third year student in the college took part in the pilot project. He shares why he chose to participate and what made for a unique and cutting-edge, First-Year Research Experience (FYRE).

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Networking for the future

Networking for the future

For AgBio students Chelsea Gruber, Jacqueline Toews and Michelle Ross, attending the Grow Canada Conference in Ottawa, Ont. December 6-8, 2016 was an enlightening experience.

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Growing the game

Growing the game

Merlis Belsher’s transformative gift of $12.25 million that launched the Home Ice Campaign is an inspiration not only to donors and community leaders, but also to current U of S students.

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Bacteria may hold secret to oil sands remediation

Bacteria may hold secret to oil sands remediation

Once thought impossible, plants are thriving on one of the oldest Alberta oil sands sites where barren land is slowly turning into a green space again.

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Discovering manure's massive potential

Discovering manure's massive potential

When your average person looks at manure, it's possible they will get a little queasy about seeing it as anything more than animal waste. But for soil scientist Jeff Schoenau, within that same substance exists limitless possibilities for both research and practical use.

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The big business of organic food

The big business of organic food

Over the past two decades, Canada's organic food industry has grown from a niche market to big business.

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Canada-US program engages students in Arctic climate research

Canada-US program engages students in Arctic climate research

Each year, high school students, teachers, and researchers from Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Maryland travel north to participate in a unique student-led environmental research fieldwork program under the supervision of a group of researchers and teachers.

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New York Times ignored GM crop benefits

New York Times ignored GM crop benefits

Faculty member Stuart Smyth contributes to the critical assessment of the overlooked benefits of GM crops in a New York Times article.

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U of S research boosts omega-3 in eggs with new ingredient for laying hen diets in Canada

U of S research boosts omega-3 in eggs with new ingredient for laying hen diets in Canada

Laying hen producers in Canada can now add camelina meal to their ingredient inventory thanks to efforts by the University of Saskatchewan’s (U of S) Department of Animal and Poultry Science, in collaboration with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.

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Finding root solutions

Finding root solutions

Leon Kochian, one of the world's most highly cited scientific researchers, has been named the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Food Systems and Security at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) - a $20-million initiative that will use cutting-edge plant and soil science to help feed a growing world.

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Environmental monitoring begins at Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence

Environmental monitoring begins at Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence

Engineer Terry Fonstad has begun work on an environmental monitoring project with a scope and magnitude unlike anything else in Canada.

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Rooftop roots

Rooftop roots

A rooftop garden project promoting sustainable agricultural practices and urban farming is sprouting on campus this summer.

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Responsible pet ownership crucial to saving salamander and newt biodiversity

Responsible pet ownership crucial to saving salamander and newt biodiversity

The fate of the world’s richest biodiversity of salamanders and newts is in the hands of pet owners across North America, said Natacha Hogan, an environmental toxicologist specializing in amphibians at the University of Saskatchewan.

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U of S research shows how forest-loving moose learn to thrive on farmland

U of S research shows how forest-loving moose learn to thrive on farmland

SASKATOON –While populations of moose have been declining in much of their North American range, research from the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) shows how these icons of the northern boreal forest are finding success by moving south into farmers’ fields.

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Sask Wheat graduate scholarship recipients announced

Sask Wheat graduate scholarship recipients announced

Saskatoon – The Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat) and the University of Saskatchewan's College of Agriculture and Bioresources are proud to announce the first recipients of the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission Graduate Scholarships.

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Farm-to-fork connection is changing the face of dairy

Farm-to-fork connection is changing the face of dairy

Growing up on a mixed farm outside of Regina, Sask. inspired a passion for agriculture in Janna Moats at an early age.

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In bloom

In bloom

Anyone who has been to the U of S knows that it is, indeed, a beautiful place to be.

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Provost's College Award for Outstanding Teaching

Provost's College Award for Outstanding Teaching

Congratulations to James Nolan, recipient of the Provost’s College Award for Outstanding Teaching. The Provost's Awards recognize outstanding teaching in each college, as well the categories of Aboriginal education, international teaching, innovation in learning, new teachers, graduate teaching and graduate student teachers.

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Introducing the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Introducing the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

The Department of Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources has changed to a new name to better align with the main focus areas in the department. The new name, the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ARE), encompasses agribusiness, agricultural and food policy, and resource and environmental economics, which are the primary teaching and research areas of the department.

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Building capacity

Building capacity

As the co-ordinator of Aboriginal programs and outreach in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources, Candice Pete has played a large part in advancing the college’s Aboriginal engagement strategy.

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Students place second in national agri-marketing competition

Students place second in national agri-marketing competition

The Canadian Agri-Marketing Association (CAMA) Saskatchewan Student Chapter at the University of Saskatchewan placed second in an agri-marketing competition against 29 other agricultural universities.

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New to US

New to US

Growing up in Calgary in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, Katherine Stewart was enamoured with Nature from the start.

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Transforming the Prairies: the third act

Transforming the Prairies: the third act

Transforming the Prairies: The third act

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The grass can be greener

The grass can be greener

Breeding better forages is Bruce Coulman’s passion and the veteran U of S scientist knows the vital role they play in healthy ecosystems and feeding the world.

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The billion dollar disappearing act

The billion dollar disappearing act

All eyes were on the railways when ‘grain gridlock’ hit the Prairies, but Richard Gray was following the money

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Dreams do come true

Dreams do come true

Passion—and a U of S graduate scholarship—allowed Parthiba Balasubramanian to become one of the country’s leading pulse breeders.

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Connected to Mother Earth

Connected to Mother Earth

A life on the land has given Brady Highway an understanding of resource management you just don’t get from textbooks and field studies.

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Unravelling a mystery

Unravelling a mystery

The mystery of life is exactly that—which is why understanding sperm physiology is a passion for Mary Buhr and her research colleagues.

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Students go the distance

Students go the distance

With the help of students, the Agros' metal hospital bed once again made its way to Regina from Saskatoon.

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Soil Mysteries

Soil Mysteries

Melissa Arcand works in the frontier beneath our feet, one critical to producing food for everyone on Earth.

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Funding, feeding, wheat breeding

Funding, feeding, wheat breeding

The Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) and the University of Saskatchewan Crop Development Centre (CDC) announced today that they have renewed their long standing partnership in wheat breeding. WGRF will invest $5.2 million into the wheat breeding program at the CDC over the next five years.

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Celebrating Allen Sapp

Celebrating Allen Sapp

Renowned Cree artist Allen Sapp died in December 2015, leaving behind a remarkable legacy of paintings. You’ll find Allen Sapps in collections around the world—but one of the largest collections is right here in the Agriculture Building.

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U of S researchers recognized by Agricultural Institute

U of S researchers recognized by Agricultural Institute

SASKATOON – University of Saskatchewan (U of S) researchers Jeff Schoenau and Phil Thacker have been honoured by the Agricultural Institute of Canada (AIC), the national organization that promotes and advocates for agricultural research in Canada and internationally.

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Talking turkey

Talking turkey

Karen Schwean-Lardner never thought she would become a poultry researcher. Raised on a pig farm, she was not very fond of chickens.

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U of S researchers help lead wheat genome sequencing breakthrough

U of S researchers help lead wheat genome sequencing breakthrough

SASKATOON – An international consortium of scientists co-led by the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) announced today that it has been able to crack the code for understanding the order of about 90 per cent of the highly complex genome of bread wheat, the most widely grown cereal in the world.

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Student research helps West African farmers

Student research helps West African farmers

A prairie girl, Alexis Adams spent most of her life in Saskatoon, but she left her heart with impoverished farmers in Mozambique during a 2012 summer trip to Africa.

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Research unleashes power of pulse crops

Research unleashes power of pulse crops

2016 has been designated as International Year of Pulses by the United Nations, to heighten awareness about the crops’ benefits in terms of nutrition, sustainable food production and food security. Saskatchewan is a lead player.

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Global Institute for Food Security recruits world leader in crop research

Global Institute for Food Security recruits world leader in crop research

SASKATOON – The Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) has recruited Tim Sharbel as its first research leader, an internationally renowned plant scientist from Germany whose research into a cost-effective way to produce seeds without pollination could improve agriculture and help combat global hunger.

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U of S Scientist takes centre stage at UN

U of S Scientist takes centre stage at UN

SASKATOON – On World Soil Day, Dec. 4, renowned University of Saskatchewan (U of S) soil scientist Dan Pennock presented to the United Nations on the state of the world’s soils as part of the official closing ceremony for the International Year of the Soils.

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U of S names new feed research chair

The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) has appointed a new research chair in feed processing technology to create new opportunities for the agri-food sector.

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New scholarships funded in AgBio at U of S

New scholarships funded in AgBio at U of S

The Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission is contributing $10,000 and $100,000 towards new undergraduate and graduate scholarships.

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U of S unveils New Holland Lane

U of S unveils New Holland Lane

Today the University of Saskatchewan, along with New Holland Agriculture and Moody's Equipment, unveiled a new road name on the campus farm - New Holland Lane.

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New livestock and forage centre to focus on all aspects of cattle production

New livestock and forage centre to focus on all aspects of cattle production

A new $25 million Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence has just received the green light, thanks to funding from the Canadian and Saskatchewan governments, as well as the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association and the University of Saskatchewan (U of S).

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Tackling agri-food challenges at the genomic level

Tackling agri-food challenges at the genomic level

With funding now secured, a number of researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) will begin work on large-scale agri-food projects designed to address big challenges at the smallest level.

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U of S researcher's boar hunt to document invasive species

U of S researcher's boar hunt to document invasive species

Ruth Kost is on a boar hunt—spending her summer on the road in a rented truck, sleeping in a tent as she crisscrosses Western Canada from Vancouver Island to the Manitoba-Ontario border.

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Wheat research yields plenty of attention

Wheat research yields plenty of attention

A research discovery in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources is planting some seeds of truth about wheat and gluten.

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What lies below: Soils are key to life and still very much a mystery-- one Derek Peak is helping to unravel thanks to cutting edge technology

What lies below: Soils are key to life and still very much a mystery-- one Derek Peak is helping to unravel thanks to cutting edge technology

In a field in Niger, a woman carries a pail of fertilizer. She stops beside each millet stem poking out of the dusty soil and, using a bottle cap, sprinkles a bit of its precious contents beside each stem.

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The (really) inside story: Are cattle meant to eat grain?  It's a contentious debate and Greg Penner is putting the facts on the table

The (really) inside story: Are cattle meant to eat grain? It's a contentious debate and Greg Penner is putting the facts on the table

Naturally raised beef is all the rage these days. After all, cows meandering in pastures make for prettier pictures than those huddled in feedlot pens.

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Hatching Good Ideas: Some consider them simple birds, but Hank Classen knows better-- and he's continuing to find better ways to raise them

Hatching Good Ideas: Some consider them simple birds, but Hank Classen knows better-- and he's continuing to find better ways to raise them

It was one thing when a young Hank Classen started raising bantam chickens as a hobby on the family’s grain and pig operation near Nipawin.

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An unrelenting Foe: Darren Korber knows E. coli O157 all too well — and why we can never drop our guard against this deadly pathogen

An unrelenting Foe: Darren Korber knows E. coli O157 all too well — and why we can never drop our guard against this deadly pathogen

Every major incident of Escherichia coli O157:H7 contamination creates a furor. Is our food safe? What went wrong? Who is at fault?

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A long road: Mohammad Torshizi decided early on his academic career that the U of S was the place to be-- and his students are glad he did

A long road: Mohammad Torshizi decided early on his academic career that the U of S was the place to be-- and his students are glad he did

Mohammad Torshizi has revived an old practice — only this time, it’s the teacher who gives apples to his students.

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Send in the drones

Send in the drones

Tiny helicopters flying over crop fields may become a common sight thanks to a research partnership between the U of S and a Saskatoon-based company.

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Modern milking

Modern milking

University of Saskatchewan cow 944 is a thoroughly modern bovine, which means she turns to technology when she needs to be milked rather than relying on humans to do the job.

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AgBio in Maclean's video 'day in the life of a Canadian university student'

AgBio in Maclean's video 'day in the life of a Canadian university student'

Maclean's shot universities across Canada starting at Memorial in Newfoundland and ending at UBC, and compiled this video to resemble a 'day in the life of a Canadian university student'.

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New U of S feed research centre to increase Saskatchewan's impact on global food security

The University of Saskatchewan and its partners officially opened the Canadian Feed Research Centre (CFRC) in North Battleford today, highlighting the many research and training opportunities this unique facility will provide for Canada's crop and livestock sector.

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Landscape Architecture - vignettes

Landscape Architecture - vignettes

A series of vignettes regarding unique landscapes on the campus and adjoining lands of the University of Saskatchewan have been published. To enjoy these, please select one of the links below:

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U of S researchers part of draft wheat genome sequencing

University of Saskatchewan researchers are part of an international team that has published the first chromosome-based draft sequence of the wheat genome, a development that promises wheat breeders powerful new tools in developing varieties to meet the challenges of world population growth and climate change.

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U of S researcher warns of growing wild boar infestation in Saskatchewan

U of S researcher warns of growing wild boar infestation in Saskatchewan

Wild boar are more widespread in Saskatchewan than commonly believed and the need to control numbers of the destructive animals is becoming urgent, according to research by University of Saskatchewan biologist Ryan Brook.

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Relocating the beef cattle research facility

Relocating the beef cattle research facility

Summary goes Fundraising can now begin in earnest for a new $14 million, 2,000-head beef cattle research facility to be located south of Clavet thanks to approval from the U of S board of governors and a $1-million donation from the Saskatchewan Cattlemens’ Association (SCA).

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New to US - Christopher Eskiw

New to US - Christopher Eskiw

Can what we eat and how much we eat affect how long we live?

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Supporting the Community

Supporting the Community

Undergraduate students in the Department of Food and Bioproduct Sciences have been busy raising money in support of the Ronald MacDonald House in Saskatoon. Dr. Michael Nickerson in the department agreed to have his head shaved if the student club reached their goal of $1500. After, exceeding their goal, Dr. Nickerson had his head shaved by his son, Dean Mary Buhr and student Victoria Satrio.

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Branching Out

Branching Out

If you’re Colin Laroque, wood has a tale to tell, whether it’s the oldest hockey stick in Canada, a piece of the Titanic, a weather-ravaged scrubby spruce from Labrador or a Manitoba maple from a southern Saskatchewan farm yard.

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Agros raise $13,000 for Telemiracle

Agros raise $13,000 for Telemiracle

On Friday, March 1, 16 students from the College of Agriculture and Bioreosurces raised $13,000 for Telemiracle by ventuing out into -50 degree weather to push a metal hospital bed from Saskatoon to Regina. Congratulations Agros!

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Food for Thought

It’s a paradox: There’s soaring interest in how food is produced – but the number of people who actually know how to grow it is plunging.

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Pursuing a Dream

She’s quick to laugh at herself for “not having the math,” but it’s a very serious, and heartfelt, desire that propelled Erika Bachmann down her unusual academic path.

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Food security in the North

Food security in the North

The food situation in Northern Canada is bad and only getting worse.

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A Different Planet

A Different Planet

It might be the most gripping course guide ever written.

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Viterra and Crop Development Centre announce $5-M research agreement

Viterra and Crop Development Centre announce $5-M research agreement

Viterra and the Crop Development Centre (CDC) at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) are pleased to announce a $5-million Viterra investment to enhance the CDC’s success in wheat research and breeding.

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Cows move into new barn

Cows move into new barn

Early on the morning of July 22, a stock trailer backed up to the Rayner Dairy Research and Teaching Facility. The trailer door swung open and, under the watchful eye of dairy unit manager Marlene Fehr and her staff, the first dozen of the university’s 70-plus dairy cows stepped tentatively into their new home.

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Big-picture View

Saving the environment and playing hockey are pretty different things, but they hold one important similarity for Page Beaton, former Huskies defender and member of the first class of the Renewable Resource Management degree program.

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Unseen Menace

Ryan Brook gets a lot of blank looks when he tries to warn people about the threat of feral wild boars in Saskatchewan.

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Dirt and Art

If you’re a fan of out-of-the-box thinking, then Emma Lake was the place to be this June.

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Achtung Gen-food!

If you want to know how fast the world changes, ask a flax grower.

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U of S to initiate new moose research in rural Saskatchewan

U of S to initiate new moose research in rural Saskatchewan

The University of Saskatchewan, with the support of the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment and the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation, is initiating a new research program on moose in rural Saskatchewan.

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