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University’s ‘Beefier Barley’ billboard binned

A billboard about Alberta barley’s prospects under climate change in the University of Alberta’s ‘Truth Matters’ promotion — a series of ads meant to spark discussion about its researchers’ work — has been winnowed out of the campaign. Jacqui Tam, the Edmonton-based U of A’s vice-president for university relations, announced Sunday it would withdraw the

Seeing is believing when it comes to adopting green energy

People are more likely to invest in renewable technology when they see it being used in the community

Governments at all levels need to invest more heavily in promoting renewable energy if they want citizens to adopt these technologies, new research suggests. University of Alberta environmental sociologist John Parkins led a study to find out what motivates Canadians to use renewable energy, specifically solar panels, in their everyday lives. After surveying 2,065 people


Two new blackleg tools for the 2018 growing season

Tools to estimate yield loss and pinpoint the strain infesting your fields can help reduce the economic hit

Blackleg has become an expensive problem for canola producers, but growers will soon have two new tools to reduce the economic impact of the disease. “Blackleg wasn’t a real concern even a few years ago, but now it’s becoming increasingly important,” said Stephen Strelkov, a professor of plant pathology at the University of Alberta. “This

Fall is the best time for controlling foxtail barley

It might be too late in the season now, but there are ways to tackle this weed in the spring too

Fall is the best time to control many perennial weeds with glyphosate, including foxtail barley, but it might already be too late. Weed surveys show foxtail barley is on the increase, Manitoba Agriculture weed specialist Jeanette Gaultier said Sept. 20 on her last day in the position, during the Westman Crop Talk webinar. “In the

Technology, co-operation to result in long-desired dairy genetic indices

Low heritability traits have been hard to measure but genomics are increasing the availability of data

The Canadian Dairy Network (CDN) is taking aim at some of the most important, but toughest-to-measure genetic traits for dairy cows. The organization that aggregates vast amounts of information on dairy cattle and creates genetic indices that farmers use to make breeding decisions, is using genomics and global co-operation to create the new indices. “Genomics


Alberta researcher David Westaway says there’s a hidden process in BSE 
and other prion diseases.  PHOTO: UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA

Prion diseases like BSE have a telltale sign

The discovery suggests the disease may not be 
as unstoppable as previously thought

Medical researchers at the University of Alberta have found fatal prion diseases, like BSE, have a hidden signature. Findings published this month in the peer-reviewed journal, Public Library of Science (PLoS) Pathogens, show that up to seven months before an animal shows physical signs of infection, a particular prion protein in the brain, known as

Calves can safely consume more milk than thought

Feeding young calves more milk can cut down on antibiotic use and have other benefits

Feeding dairy calves more milk early in life might not be a cheap proposition in the short term, but with a longer view the benefits are clear. It’s also a safe practice, according to one dairy researcher who spoke at the recent annual general meeting of the Dairy Farmers of Manitoba. “Based on the research

Research at the University of Alberta looks to identify how land use and grazing impact soil carbon levels.

Study shows grassland environmental contributions

The University of Alberta in partnership with Alberta Environment and Parks has undertaken 
a number of studies looking at the impacts of land use and grazing on soil carbon levels

Grasslands punch above their weight when it comes to carbon sequestration. That’s the conclusion of a researcher who started his career on an Alberta-wide study of how land use affects that province’s carbon pool. Daniel Hewins, now an assistant professor at Rhode Island College in Providence, R.I., says grasslands can and do store an enormous


Clubroot figured out canola in Alberta. Then it began destroying canola.

Editorial: Long-term plans essential

The farms that are winners tomorrow will be run by farmers who are proactively understanding and defusing production problems today. There are a number of growing issues that could be a disaster tomorrow, but growers can prevent them if they’re committed to doing the right thing now. The best example, and the one that’s a