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Research projects (Guelph Research and Development Centre)

The Guelph Research and Development Centre (Guelph RDC) supports innovative research, development and technology transfer activities relevant to one of the nine Agriculture and Agri-Food Sector Science Strategies.


Guelph RDC has a lead role in food safety research with emphasis on the control of bacterial pathogens, antimicrobial resistance, mycotoxins, and chemical threats in food production systems. The focus is on developing and validating novel or current food processing technologies for enhanced food safety (biological and chemical threats) in a biosecure pilot plant infrastructure. Scientists are also investigating the microbiological and chemical safety in food production and manufacturing processes and adapting current processes to comply with anticipated regulatory constraints, such as antibiotics and sodium reduction.

Research is conducted to characterize and investigate the functionality of special attributes of current or novel food raw materials and ingredients from Canadian agricultural origin that are of interest in food production systems. This research includes:

Current research projects at Guelph
Project number Lead researcher Project title Budget* Duration: start Duration: end
J-001181 Balamurugan, Sampathkumar Validation of dry fermented sausage production process that do not utilize heat treatments to inactivate Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella $135,585.00 6/30/2015 12/31/2018
J-001279 Balamurugan, Sampathkumar Use of Bacteriophage Endolysins as antimicrobial coatings on food packaging films to control L. monocytogenes and Salmonella spp. $251,850.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001281 Diarra, Moussa Sory Survival and control of Salmonella serovars in food production systems: Role of Iron Uptake Systems and new approaches in fighting $800,005.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001282 Koutchma, Tatiana Comparative performance of ultraviolet light non-thermal interventions for treating fresh produce  $161,950.00 4/1/2016 3/30/2019
J-001308 Abdelaal, Elsayed Characterization of glabrous canary seed components with emphasis on starch and protein for new market opportunities $243,185.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001311 Zhou, Ting A novel enzymatic approach to reduce the risks of deoxynivalenol entering cereal-based products during corn/wheat processing  $249,999.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001322 Cao, Rong A systematic approach to characterization of free, conjugated and bound forms of food bioactives and their antioxidant/anti-inflammatory activities in pulses using cell models and in vitro gastrointestinal and gut digestions $300,000.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001344 Shi, John Microencapsulation of bioactive-rich extract from berry pomace by multicore complex coacervation technology for high health benefits of functional food ingredients $158,500.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001398 Lepp, Dion The effects of lentils on gut health and obesity $195,000.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001498 Zhou, Ting Mitigation of Fusarium mycotoxins in food production chain by biodetoxification  $75,000.00 10/1/2016 9/30/2019
J-001788 Diarra, Moussa Sory Optimizing fruit-pomaces to modulate gut microbiome while controlling necrotic enteritis antibiotic-free chicken production $375,197.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2021
J-001795 Cui, Steve Sunflower stalk pith: A new value added natural health products with high potential returns to Canadian farmers $22,000.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2019
J-001813 Joosse, Pamela Generating, enhancing and transferring production system and field-scale beneficial management practices (BMP) data in support of Canadian agriculture in the Lake Erie basin $500,499.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2021
J-001902 Liu, Qiang Using common physical and enzymatic treatment techniques to modify starch for food applications $38,400.00 4/2/2018 3/29/2019
J-002036 Wang, Qi On-farm trials to validate encapsulated essential oils to control necrotic enteritis in broilers $111,919.97 9/1/2018 3/31/2021
J-002037 Anany, Hany Bacteriophage intervention during poultry carcass chilling and packaging to control Campylobacter and Salmonella contamination $342,099.99 4/1/2018 3/31/2022
J-002040 Gong, Jianhua Innovations in antimicrobial alternatives and stewardship in poultry production: vaccine against necrotic enteritis - Vaccine   $101,200.00 10/1/2018 3/31/2023
J-002041 Gong, Jianhua Investigations into synergistic effects of butyrate glycerides with plant extracts for reducing the use of antibiotics in chicken production $173,999.97 9/1/2018 3/31/2023
J-002044 Gong, Jianhua A comparative and subtractive reverse vaccinology approach to develop an in ovo vaccine against Clostridium perfringens  $56,000.00 10/1/2018 3/31/2023
*: The budget amount represents the forecast total project costs (not actual spending), including any offsets by revenues received from outside agencies/partners. It includes operations and maintenance funds used to purchase goods or services. It does not include salary dollars for staff working on the projects or any grant or contribution funds provided to outside partners for work on the projects.
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