January 2017

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  • Gentec CEO Graham Plastow has been appointed Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Production Animal Health, University of Calgary.
  • After a year-long competition in which 71 applicants were reduced to 13 winners, 3 projects at UAlberta take home $26 million to study the genomics behind chronic wasting disease in cervids, corrosion in pipelines and resilient trees. Read more here.
Congratulations to all !!

Young researcher profile: Tara Carthy

Tara spent Fall 2016 working with Paul Stothard. What she brought to Gentec and what she takes back to Ireland with her will move livestock research forward in both countries. Read more here.

Sunalta tops NAmerican dairy feed-monitoring operations in emissions research study

Alberta's Sunalta Dairy, operated by the Brouwer family, is the largest North American dairy to take part in an international project to measure feed intake in dairy cows. With methane emissions from belching cows making headlines, feed efficiency is a priority in reducing agriculture's greenhouse gas footprint. Read more here. Family member JP Brower presented on exactly this subject at Gentec's 2016 conference.

Canadian Dairy Network and Gentec-associated researcher Filippo Miglior is participating in the study.

Students... want some prize $$ ?

The Images of Research competition is an opportunity for UAlberta grad students from all disciplines to capture, share and present the essence of their research in one image. Submissions are accepted until February 10. First prize is $800. Click here for more details.

Catch up on your reading

  • Due to the critical role of genomics in anti-microbial resistance, Genome Canada, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Genome Alberta and Genome BC organized a Forum on genomics and AMR held in Ottawa in February 2016 The event brought together over sixty leading experts from academic, government, industry and commodities groups--including Gentec CEO Graham Plastow--to discuss an approach to tackling AMR across agriculture, human health and environment.The report from the workshop was released in December. Download your copy here.
  • Gentec-associated researcher Alison Van Eenennaam sticks to her New Year's resolution to spend more time critiquing ag science. Here, she leans into a paper from a group well known for its flawed research. Let this level of critique be a warning for all about the importance of crossing t's and dotting i's before publishing.
The University of Calgary’s School of Veterinary Medicine is a vital partner to the livestock industry and Gentec. The research efforts of the the two universities (Calgary and Alberta) are almost perfect complements in developing the next generation of researchers and industry leaders while doing their best to solve the industry issues of today. 
At Gentec's annual conference, UCVM’s Karin Orsel highlighted some of the research being pursued with industry, the researchers critical in making it happen and… as her title suggests, the ever-changing nature of the beast.

Gentec linked to innovative UCalgary College

Gentec e-news contributor Brenda Schoepp's article in the Canadian Cattlemen's magazine hits a nerve. She talks about UCalgary's new College of Discovery, Creativity and Innovation--led by Dr Jay Cross, chair of Gentec's Management Advisory Board--and its role in contributing solutions to feeding up to 9 billion people within the next 20-30 years (the topic of the Winter 2017 course). The College's holistic approach is worthy of its name. Read more here. Gentec-associated researcher John Basarab presented on sustainable beef production to the students on January 23-24 as part of the course.

To use CRISPR or not to use CRISPR...?

  • The new NgAgo tool is more accurate than CRISPR and has less "side-effects." But is it good enough to replace CRISPR altogether? You decide, here.
  • Monsanto announced that it has reached a new global licensing agreement with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard to use the smaller, better CRISPR-Cpf1 (not CRISPR Cas9) technology in agriculture. Read more here.

Audio summaries from Banff Pork Seminar

As one of a series of audio summaries from Banff, Gentec associate researcher Ben Willing, Canada Research Chair in Microbiology of Nutrigenomics at UAlberta talks about the surprising direction research could take to improve pig health in the coming years.

National Pork Board reassures the public on the safety of pork

An Ohio State University research study detailing the discovery of an antibiotic-resistant gene in a farrowing barn has caused widespread concern about food safety. Read more details here and the implications to human health here.

Events: see you there!

February 3-4, Feeder Associations of Alberta conference, Red Deer, AB
early February, DRECA one-day workshops around Alberta on managing production, performance and people
February 7-9. Western Canada Feedlot Management School, Moose Jaw, SK
February 9. Ranching Opportunities, 2017, Olds College, AB
February 15. Making forage mixtures work for you. BCRC webinar
February 15-17. Alberta Beef Industry Conference, Red Deer, AB

March 21-22. Livestock Care Conference, Leduc, AB
March 28. Managing internal parasites, BCRC webinar
March 28-29. London Swine Conference, London, ON

The lighter side: seriously aged beef

What is a 47-year-old burger doing in the Alberta Legislature...? Find out here.
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