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- Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Scientists Share Midge Attacking Parasitoids with Neighbours
Wheat midge, a non-native pest that feeds on developing wheat kernels, is a serious economic threat to farmers, especially in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
- Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Has Solutions to Fix Soil Erosion
Soil erosion is the leading cause of soil degradation in potato production in New Brunswick.
- AAFC Scientists Looking to Nature to Control the Disease That Caused the Irish Potato Famine
Early on, this project is seeing staggering results, with the top bacterial candidates able to inhibit the disease on potato by over 90%.
- A Natural Turbo Boost for Newly Cleared Land
A technique to turn newly cleared land into lush forage and grain fields more quickly could help make Newfoundland and Labrador self-sufficient in livestock feed and save millions a year.
- AAFC Environmental Research Helps Ontario Fruit, Vegetable and Flower Farmers
An AAFC research project on environmental best practices will give Ontario fruit, vegetable, and flower growers the information they need to make environmentally-conscious decisions on water and nutrient use in their operations.
- AAFC Explores Ways to Improve Preserving Bovine Eggs
Preserving genetic material is an important way to ensure the long-term viability of Canada’s agriculture sector, because it ensures scientists will have diverse genetic material for future breeding.
- Healthier soil may mean healthier yield
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has joined forces with McCain Foods Canada and the province’s potato growers in a major project to improve potato yields in New Brunswick by improving soil health.
- Controlling Giant Ragweed in Soybeans and Corn Possible with Good Crop Management
Good management can help control Giant Ragweed in Ontario’s soybean and corn fields.
- Building our Knowledge about Soils: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Creates Network of Monitoring Stations
To really understand subtle changes in our planet – like moisture held in the topmost earth layer – and their impacts on agriculture and the environment, scientists have to know what is going on in our soils.
- Lure of the Lingonberry: Win-Win for Northern Agriculture and Heart Health
Science is seriously looking into the lingonberry as a new super fruit that benefits heart health.
- Long-term Study of Legacy Phosphorus
Plants tested in a long-term study at AAFC showed that they were able to access legacy phosphorus that had built up in the soil, which brings into question current beliefs about the need for additional fertilizers.
- Buried Carbon, Hidden Microbes
Historical erosion has buried carbon-rich topsoil deep below the surface of the ground for decades. What can we learn about the nature of soil organic carbon stabilization and its associated microbial communities from studying these soils?
- Agricultural Double Agent: Beetles are both an Ally and an Adversary
Did you know that one in five of all known life forms on earth is a beetle? From the Tiny feather-winged beetles to the giant Titan beetle, beetles are found on every continent and have adapted to every terrestrial and fresh water ecosystem.
- Soil Moisture Mission Rockets into Next Phase
AAFC is working with NASA to monitor changes in surface soil moisture on Earth.
- A Gut Reaction: Yeast-eating bacteria provide key to human and animal intestinal health
- Sweet Twist on Silage Making Pays Off
Research shows the benefits of increasing sugar content in forages and will help Canadian producers make better silage.
- Brave the Cold Weather with Oats!
AAFC has led a number of large projects on oats with many different research collaborators, contributing to oats’ recognition as an important part of a heart healthy, cholesterol-lowering, and low-glycemic diet.
- Soil Activity in Winter: Soil doesn't sleep under its blanket of snow
AAFC research has found that biological activity in soil continues throughout the winter, at temperatures well below freezing. This new information will help to develop improved farm management practices that increase nutrient use efficiency and reduce nutrient losses.
- Greenhouse Lighting: Bright Lights, Big Produce
When it comes to greenhouses, not all light is equal. Greenhouses equipped with supplemental energy-efficient lighting systems allow Canadian producers to grow year round and provide high quality produce.
- Seabuckthorn – Healthy Opportunity
After almost 30 years of research and development by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada researchers, seabuckthorn is looking to come out of the field and into the supermarket.
- Wood Chip vs. Barley Straw Livestock Bedding: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Researchers Share Findings from Thirteen-year Study
Two research projects were undertaken to determine if wood chip bedding materials incorporated in applied manure could affect nutrient loss.
- Grazing Response Index: How Healthy Are your Grazing Lands?
With the Grazing Response Index (GRI), AAFC helps bring to Canadian ranchers a new way of assessing the status of their grazing lands.
- Sainfoin – A New Light is Shone on an Old Forage Plant
Sainfoin: high in tannins and with improved stand longevity and forage production, this improved forage holds potential.
- A Low Glycemic Potato Expands the Menu for Diabetics
AAFC's first low glycemic potato could help to achieve sustainable weight loss and improvement in the management of diabetes.
- Soil "Fingerprinting": Opening Doors to Improved Soil Monitoring
Soil quality directly affects crop yields and sustainable agricultural production; however, monitoring and tracking changes in soil quality is a complicated process.
- Safer Meat for Canadians
Ready-to-eat meat products, such as deli meats, are being studied by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada scientists to ensure their safety and find new ways to make healthier products.
- If Plants Could Talk
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada scientists are looking at using plant gene expression as an indicator of crop health in the field.
- Doing Something About the Weather
AgWeather Atlantic is an agricultural-based weather and climate website giving producers in Atlantic Canada the data and decision support that is relevant to their farm and environment.
- If you eat grain-fed veal, thank the Dairy and Swine Research and Development Centre!
Research at AAFC's Dairy and Swine Research and Development Centre has led to popularity of grain-fed veal production thus helping to improve the lot of Canadian farmers.
- It is a proven fact that vitamin B12 is better absorbed from cow's milk
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada research scientists at the Dairy and Swine Research and Development Centre found that vitamin B12 that is naturally present in cow's milk is absorbed two times better than synthetic vitamin B12.
- Deodorizing pig manure with a slurry bioreactor!
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Dairy and Swine Research and Development Centre, in partnership with Sherbrooke company Bio-Terre Systems Inc., has developed a technology that eliminates the stench from liquid pig manure.
- Switching cows to a different feed can reduce greenhouse gas emissions
AAFC research scientist at the Dairy and Swine Research and Development Centre discovered, after more than a decade of research, that making changes to dairy cow feeding methods can enable cows to digest more efficiently and thus to produce less greenhouse gases.
- Limiting Contamination from Pesticide Spills, Splashes and Rinses
Canadian farmers will soon join their European counterparts in limiting contamination from pesticide handling areas using a made in Canada biobed solution.
- Green solutions send orchard pests packing
AAFC research scientist focuses work on managing pests through an environmentally-friendly approach.
- DNA Barcoding - Science Helping Farmers Identify Friend from Foe
DNA barcoding uses a very short section of DNA – a genetic sequence – taken from a standardized region of tissue to identify organisms at the genetic level.
- Canadian Scientists Contribute to International Effort to Sequence the Canola Genome
Two Canadian researchers are part of an international team that has deciphered the complex genome of Brassica napus, extensively cultivated as 'canola' in Canada
- Soil Moisture Maps at Your Fingertips: Government and Industry Collaborate on New Satellite-Based Application
A new user-friendly application called the Soil Moisture Toolkit offers researchers, policymakers and laypeople alike near real-time information about soil moisture for Canadian agriculture.
- Researcher uses composting to mine waste for buried treasure
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Roger Henry has built a career drawing out what's good for the environment from what would otherwise be environmental waste problems.
- Natural Resistance to Spots and Rots
Managing diseases is a challenge for producers. There is a lot to think about, ranging from weather conditions to crop type and susceptibility.
- Bringing Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Research Results to the Farm
Farmers will soon have some new 'tools' in their toolbox to help them increase yields and reduce costs thanks to research from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
- Wheat Breeding and Molecular Genetics: A Needle in a Haystack
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada scientists are working to produce new lines of wheat by using genetic markers to improve efficiency of the breeding program at the Semiarid Prairie Research Centre (SPARC) in Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
- Camelina: Potential on the Shelf
Many people in the agriculture industry have heard of Camelina sativa or camelina, an ancient European oilseed crop that holds big potential for Canadian agriculture.
- International Back-Up Plan Held in Norwegian Vault
Deep in the mountains of the northern Norwegian islands, there lies a vault that holds thousands of seeds from all over the world.
- Land of the Living Soil
Soil microbiologists at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada are trying to understand complex interactions between plant roots and soil microorganisms.
- Carinata: An Oilseed Ready for Lift-off
When most people in the Prairies look at fields of yellow, they immediately think of canola. But there are other yellow-flowered plants vying for attention.
- Poultry Vitrification: Keeping the Flock Diverse
To safeguard genetic diversity in agriculture, scientists, farmers and livestock keepers preserve genetic material in the form of seeds, sperm and other reproductive materials.
- Foraging into the Future
What are the best combinations of native and introduced forage species for enhancing forage production on the Canadian Prairies?
- New Hope in the Fight to Protect Global Wheat Supply from Ug99 Stem Rust
Our Scientists Discover Trio of Genes that Resist Devastating Disease.
- Comprehensive Study Uses Wind Tunnels to Provide Farmers with Innovative Nitrogen Management Options
Our scientists are exploring innovative ways to make sure crops can access more applied nitrogen to help them grow and thrive.
- The Push Is On for Biopesticides
Nasturtium, spider flowers, bigleaf lupins, and sorghum-sudangrass are under the microscope in a new biopesticide project.
- Plants and Bacteria Working Together
Imagine if crops could thrive without nitrogen-rich industrial fertilizer.
- Microorganisms: An Eco-Friendly, Sustainable Way to Help Crops Grow
Research continues into the diverse bacteria and fungi that can potentially stimulate crop growth while reducing the use of fertilizers.
- Barley is 'in' when it comes to heart health
It's official – eating barley helps to lower blood cholesterol.
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