Lab-grown dairy: the next protein foray

Start-up companies are not going to produce milk in a lab – but the most valued components of it

Lab-grown meat is getting a lot of attention along with plant-based meat substitutes. Dairy proteins may be the next product produced in a lab, for use in fluid “milk” production and processed dairy products like yogurt and cheese, to name a few. What is synthetic dairy? Perfect Day Inc., a California-based start-up, has recreated the proteins […] 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

The challenge of getting soybean, and other seeds into the ground this year has created extra stress.

Agriculture committee calls for more farmer mental health supports

Government needs to reduce stress and burden on farmers, support resources, research, report says

The House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food is calling for better access to mental health services from farmers and better treatment of them in stressful situations related to government. Why it matters: Mental health has long been a difficult subject to discuss in the agriculture community. That’s changing on many fronts, including […] Read more

A corn field that shows the effects of late nitrogen applications on corn yield.

New University of Guelph prof focuses on northern and eastern regions

MacSon Professorship recipient wants to consult with farmers, agronomists

The University of Guelph has acknowledged the special issues of agronomy in the northern and eastern regions of the province with the appointment of Joshua Nasielski to its MacSon Professorship. In addition to his teaching role at graduate and undergraduate level, the position involves research and outreach on issues affecting the economic and environmental sustainability […] Read more

For standing and lying behaviour, activity monitors were attached to calves for seven days after pain treatment application.

Local anesthetic and pain control show greatest calf comfort

University of Guelph study looked at reducing animal stress

A University of Guelph study has found that using a combined local anesthetic and pain reliever when dehorning young calves will reduce the animals’ stress. The study involved use of caustic paste for dehorning, a method that is becoming more common for disbudding dairy calves. However, there is little available research into controlling the animals’ […] Read more


DON caused by corn ear infections significantly reduced the value of the 2018 Ontario corn crop.

DON-forecasting tool funded

Governments help to pay costs to set up computerized monitoring system

The federal and provincial governments are supporting the creation of an early-warning and risk assessment system for deoxynivalenol (DON). Grain Farmers of Ontario is leading the project which will work similarly to a DON-forecasting system in place for years for wheat in the province. That system monitors weather conditions to predict DON risk, which helps […] Read more

Chicks could benefit from the bacteria in their mother’s cecal droppings, but they are rarely exposed to it.

Gut health key when raising birds without using antibiotics

Researchers strive to ease transition away from sub-therapeutic drug use

Promoting gut health is key to adapting to calls for antibiotic-free poultry production, attendees were told at the recent annual research day of the Poultry Industry Council (PIC). “We’ve used drugs a lot to hide bad management — poor litter management, too high of stocking density,” said professor Lisa Bielke of Ohio State University’s College […] Read more

More diverse crop rotations are one area being targeting by food companies.

General Mills project could set standard for farm-level regulations

The company aims to influence a million acres of farmland by 2030

Large food companies are increasingly worried about the broad impact they have on the environment. Now their programs are reaching down to the farm level, although those influences are mostly in early stages. American farmers are at the vanguard of this trend, with companies like General Mills aiming to influence a million acres by 2030. Why […] Read more


Poultry disease outbreaks can move quickly within a barn, and to nearby other farms.

Twitter may hold key to early poultry disease warning

Researcher aims to refine system for Avian Influenza outbreaks

Computer-based monitoring of social media posts could lead to early warnings about poultry disease outbreaks, according to work at the University of Guelph’s Department of Computer Sciences. PhD candidate Samira Yousefi was the sole non-poultry specialist out of 10 University of Guelph students featured during the annual research day of the Poultry Industry Council (PIC). […] Read more

A bumblebee on a strawberry flower.

Bee-based disease prevention

Inoculating flowering plants with insect-delivered fungus can help limit disease

Fungi that can inoculate crops against disease can be applied using insects — bumblebees, to be specific. According to Bee Vectoring Technology (BVT) — a Canadian company with offices in the United States and Europe, and in the process of commercializing such a service — Bombus-delivered inoculants offer fruit farmers another way to augment their […] Read more