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  • A pound of food a day wasted

    April 19, 2018

    Fresh bio-waste and compost in the garden with white roses

    University of Vermont – Americans waste nearly a pound of food per person each day, but the exact amount of food we trash differs by how healthy your diet is, a new University of Vermont co-authored national study finds. Between 2007-2014, U.S. consumers wasted nearly 150,000 tons of food per day – nearly a pound […]

  • Reducing the earthly impact of a solar surge

    April 11, 2018

    Satellite In Space. 3D Scene.

    Many of us can appreciate the type of solar activity that gently warms our skin at the lake, but one researcher from the University of Saskatchewan is looking into another type of solar activity that interferes with satellite communications. Lindsay Goodwin, researcher at the University of Saskatchewan, has developed a new way to measure solar […]


  • The winter that would not end

    April 5, 2018

    Cars driving on a highway are stuck in traffic because of a snow storm.

    This story title may sound all to familiar for Ontarians this week. In 2008, Ontario and Quebec endured one of its longest and snow-laden winters with snow falling almost every day. The winter of 2007-2008 was defined by the amount of snow and the record number of snow events. The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin […]

  • Alberta’s boreal forest could be dramatically altered from climate change

    March 29, 2018

    University of Alberta – Half of Alberta’s upland boreal forest is likely to disappear over the next century due to climate change, a new study shows. The upland forest will be replaced after wildfire by open woodland or grassland, according to research from University of Alberta biologists, conducted in collaboration with Natural Resources Canada researchers. […]


  • Prairie producers locking bins as U.S. Southern Plains dry out

    March 22, 2018

    A rise in U.S. corn prices has helped lift the entire feed market in southern Alberta, however, one industry expert says it isn’t the only factor strengthening the market. “Barley is getting increasingly difficult to buy as we clean up old-crop supplies,” said Allen Pirness of Market Place Commodities in Lethbridge. He added cattle feeders […]

  • Flood, drought and disease tolerance found in single gene

    March 15, 2018

    University of Copenhagen – An international collaboration between researchers at the University of Copenhagen, Nagoya University and the University of Western Australia has resulted in a breakthrough in plant biology. Since 2014, the researchers have worked on identifying the genetic background for the improved flood tolerance observed in rice, wheat and several natural wetland plants. […]


  • Grapes gasping for breath

    March 8, 2018

    University of Adelaide – University of Adelaide researchers have discovered how grapes “breathe”, and that shortage of oxygen leads to cell death in the grape. The discovery raises many questions about the potentially significant impacts on grape and wine quality and flavour and vine management, and may lead to new ways of selecting varieties for […]

  • Quality tomatoes that use less water to grow

    March 1, 2018

    University of Seville – Experts from the Pharmacy Faculty and the Higher Technical School of Agricultural Engineering (Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería Agronómica – ETSIA) of the University of Seville have published a study that shows that when reducing the water used to water cherry tomato crops by more than 50 per cent, the product […]


  • How a polar vortex keeps us cold

    February 22, 2018

    I find it interesting how quickly our memories and expectations can change, especially when it comes to weather. Even though this winter our average temperature has been just a little below the long-term average, the overall comments I hear are about how cold this winter has been. Now, to be fair, we have seen a […]

  • How farmers impact summer temperatures

    February 15, 2018

    In a study published in the journal Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment in 2016, researchers have concluded that land use practices across our region have resulted in a summertime cooling trend since the 1970s, with a drop of about 2 C in extreme summer temperatures and an increase in overall humidity levels and precipitation. We all […]

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