The base is a container called the We-V, designed to be picked up with one hand and featuring an easy-to-remove lid that doesn’t require the user to set down tools they are already holding, which speeds up a process called subculturing —transferring cells from a previous culture to a fresh growth medium.

Plant tissue culture growth system wins award

University of Guelph innovation simplifies plant propagation

A tissue culture growth system was recently awarded the People’s Choice Award at the first annual Gryphon’s LAAIR innovation showcase and pitch competition. We Vitro, a new company that evolved out of research at the University of Guelph’s Gosling Research Institute for Plant Preservation (GRIPP), received $5,000 to further commercialization efforts. Its growth system is […] Read more

The LifeScanner collection kit and the mobile app where results are delivered.

DNA barcoding technology identifies pest species on the go

Sampling technology and new data network creates opportunity for better pest management

It has just become easier for farmers to access rapid pest identification thanks to an innovation with roots in research at the University of Guelph. The LifeScanner Species Identification Kit uses DNA barcoding technology to identify biological organisms like insects, food, plants or animal tissue using a sampling kit and a mobile app. “What we’ve […] Read more

Pigs have high rates of chromosomal abnormalities, which means they can have fewer pigs per litter if the abnormality is carried.

Limiting abnormal chromosomes can mean more piglets per litter

University of Guelph-developed test identifies boars with abnormal chromosomes that affect fertility

Technology developed at the University of Guelph can help increase the number of piglets born by an average of three to four per litter. That’s due to Karyotekk, a Guelph start-up that can identify chromosomal abnormalities in boars that affect their fertility, resulting in fewer piglets per litter. The business is based on research by […] Read more

Motorleaf’s artificial intelligence software can accurately predict vegetable yields from greenhouse crops like these pepper plants weeks ahead of harvest.

Smart software makes greenhouse vegetable harvest predictions more precise

Artificial intelligence system also automates disease scouting for greenhouses

Big data is powering new software that can predict highly accurate greenhouse vegetable yields weeks ahead of harvest. Using growing conditions in the greenhouse, Motorleaf’s smart system is able to estimate within a few percentage points how many peppers and tomatoes a greenhouse will produce and when. According to the Quebec-based start-up, a wealth of […] Read more

University of Guelph’s Malcolm Campbell, left, who is vice-president of research, and Sherri Cox, right, executive director of research innovation and knowledge mobilization, flank pitch competition winner Sujeevan Ratnasingham, founder of LifeScanner.

DNA barcoding technology wins Guelph innovation competition

Gryphon’s LAAIR program helps bring research ideas, many connected to agriculture, to market

A food fraud detector won the top prize at the inaugural Gryphon’s LAAIR innovation showcase and pitch competition at the University of Guelph. LifeScanner was selected by an industry judging panel as the winner of the $7,500 grand prize from six corporations in the competition, all with University of Guelph research roots. It was hosted […] Read more


A barn marked with a Be Seen Be Safe notification.

Ontario technology to track poultry production systems in Alberta

The goal of Be Seen Be Safe technology is to minimize disease spread

With the threat of African swine fever hanging over the pork industry and a devastating new tomato virus just discovered in Ontario for the first time, the need for biosecurity in the agriculture sector has never been stronger. Hand in hand is the ability to quickly and easily track movement on and off farms, which […] Read more

Second crop, or safrinha corn in Panarà, Brazil.

How safrinha is changing Brazil’s crop productivity picture

The second corn crop is now rivaling the first crop due to better genetics and management

Brazil has seen dramatic increases in its crop production in recent years. That’s a direct result of aggressive productivity gains in soybean and corn production in particular — and without bringing additional, previously forested land into production. According to Conab statistics, soybean production has risen from 40 million to 110 million tonnes annually in the […] Read more

A robotic cucumber loader could replace two people.

Automated mini cucumber loader now on the market

Projects at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre reduce labour costs through automation

A robotic loader that can take the manual labour out of placing greenhouse mini cucumbers onto trays is now available on the market. Developed by researchers at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) in partnership with CMP Automation of Ayr, the technology is part of ongoing efforts to reduce labour costs for farmers through […] Read more


Holstein cows in a modern freestall dairy barn in Brazil.

Domestic demand drives Brazilian dairy expansion

Brazil, an exporting power in other agriculture commodities, consumes 98 per cent of dairy production inside the country

Optimism is the name of the game in the Brazilian dairy industry as the sector continues to boost production in South America’s largest country. According to a recent survey of Brazil’s top 100 dairy producers by independent research firm MilkPoint, 90 per cent of respondents plan on expanding their operations in the next three years. […] Read more

Lasse Jakobsen is Protekta’s business development manager.

Innovative European products can bring livestock production advantages

Local distributor among Ontario’s fastest growing companies

Canadian hog farmers looking to improve their biosecurity in the face of rising global concerns about African swine fever have a new weapon in their arsenal. Stalosan is a dry environmental additive that can be used in livestock facilities to lower the spread of pathogens and is ideal in situations where liquid footbaths can’t be […] Read more