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On activism and science: John Cross

Saskatoon’s John Cross, respected business leader and founder of Philom Bios (now Novozymes BioAg), gives his views on activism, science and genetic modification. Read John’s biography

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Kevin Folta GMO Mythbusting Part 2: Do studies really link GMOs to cancer?

  Thank you to Green State TV for sharing this video. This is part 2 of a ten-part series: In this episode, we ask Dr. Kevin Folta whether the Seralini rat study proves a link between cancer and GMO food; Folta … Continue reading

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The dose makes the poison

So many of us misunderstand basic chemistry and what ‘toxic’ really means… Paracelsus, 16th century Swiss German physician, alchemist, astrologer came up with this basic principle of toxicology: The dose makes the poison. Continue reading

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Kevin Folta GMO Mythbusting Part 1: Are GMO crops really unregulated?

  Thank you to Green State TV for sharing this video. About: In this first episode of a ten-part series, Dr. Kevin Folta tackles the myth that GMO foods are unregulated. Dr. Folta is a public scientist at the University of Florida. … Continue reading

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Ingo Potrykus, creator of Golden Rice, to speak at ABIC 2014 in Saskatoon

by Noelle Chorney “Solving world hunger” is often considered not much more than a noble, but abstract and impossible goal. Dr. Ingo Potrykus decided to devote his career to solving that problem–specifically that of “hidden hunger,” or the lack of … Continue reading

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Breeders’ rights bill protects producers

by Keith Downey and Bryan Harvey As public plant breeders with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the University of Saskatchewan for a combined total of over 100 years, we were pleased to see the recently tabled Agricultural Growth Act (Bill … Continue reading

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Updating the plant breeder’s rights regime in Canada

by David Gerecke Development of a new seed variety requires a substantial investment of time and money. The quest to discover new traits and improve plant performance can be highly unpredictable, particularly in traditional (non-transgenic) breeding, as the process of … Continue reading

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Handbook: International experts provide clarity on GMO debate

Stuart Smyth, Peter Phillips and David Castle are the editors of the “Handbook on Agriculture, Biotechnology and Development.” Continue reading

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Launch of the Canadian Food Strategy at 3rd Canadian Food Summit

The Conference Board of Canada’s 3rd Canadian Food Summit 2014: From Strategy to Action is taking place March 18-19, 2014 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Ag-West Bio members can attend the Summit at the reduced rate of $695 (please … Continue reading

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Non-experts need to be wary of pseudo-science

by Robert Wager The science of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) has been developing for decades. It is complex and requires proper training to understand. Unfortunately there is also a great deal of pseudo-science on GMOs. The internet is used to spread … Continue reading

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Dr. Kevin Folta: The future of GM crop technology

Dr. Kevin Folta discusses his ideas about the future of GM technology in this video blog Continue reading

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Anti-science: What’s the risk?

by Jackie Robin   Thierry Vrain, retired from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, is now an organic farmer on the west coast of Canada and on the speaking circuit against GM (genetic modification) technology. There really shouldn’t even be a debate … Continue reading

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How can you tell what “good” science really says?

by Terry Daynard   This column responds to a good question from an organic agriculture acquaintance. She’s convinced that I am quick to endorse all scientific reports supporting my tech-oriented perspective, while rejecting those supporting hers. “How do you decide … Continue reading

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Saskatchewan’s Value-Add Strategy

The agriculture sector has been an important part of Saskatchewan’s economy since the province has been in existence. With around 40 per cent of the country’s arable land and only 3 per cent of the population, the crops we grow … Continue reading

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Ag In the City 2014

The date has been set for Saskatchewan’s 3rd Ag in the City event! Mark your calendars for April 5, 2014 at the Mall at Lawson Heights!! Ag in the City is a fun family event that helps people discover the role agriculture … Continue reading

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A New Year message from Wilf Keller

Wilf Keller, President and CEO of Ag-West Bio, talks about upcoming activities in Saskatchewan’s bioscience sector for 2014.

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What has biotechnology done for agriculture?

At ABIC 2013 in Calgary, Saskatchewan Agriculture Hall of Fame 2012 inductee Maurice Delage told the story of how biotechnology has affected agriculture in Western Canada, from the producer perspective, with a presentation entitled: Impact of Biotechnology on Western Canadian Agriculture: … Continue reading

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Camelina sativa for bio-industrial uses: Interview with Jack Grushcow

Jack Grushcow, President and CEO of Linnaeus Plant Sciences, talks about the potential of Camelina sativa, a crop with great potential as a feedstock for bio-industrial uses. visit Linnaeus Plant Sciences website

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The science of innovation: An interview with Brooke Dobni

by Jackie Robin Last year, according to The Wall Street Journal, the word ‘innovation’ appeared more than 33,000 times in annual reports of North America’s publicly traded companies. It’s a great word that rolls nicely off the tongue; we all … Continue reading

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ABIC 2014 program includes star-studded speaker line-up

Plans are solidifying for ABIC 2014, hosted by Ag-West Bio in Saskatoon, and taking place October 5–8. ABIC is the premier global meeting that promotes innovation in bioscience to ensure sustainable food, feed, fibre and fuel security as the climate … Continue reading

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3rd Canadian Food Summit 2014 to launch Canadian Food Strategy

Ag-West Bio is pleased to be working with The Conference Board of Canada and the Centre for Food in Canada (CFIC), on the 3rd Canadian Food Summit 2014: From Strategy to Action, taking place March 18-19, 2014 at the Metro … Continue reading

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Newest superfruits make Saskatchewan’s berry industry ripe for investment

by Elizabeth Shih You might be surprised to know that such delicate-looking bush fruit as haskap (Japanese for Blue Honeysuckle) and seabuckthorn berries flourish in a province with some of the longest and coldest winters in the world. These hardy … Continue reading

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Patrick Moore campaign spokesman for Golden Rice Now

Patrick Moore, the co-founder and former leader of Greenpeace, now focuses on promoting sustainability through science. He is currently leading a campaign to end the blocking of Golden Rice by environmental organizations. In some parts of the developing world, diets … Continue reading

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RROC and SREDA officially launch applications for Saskatchewan Business Challenge

The Saskatchewan Business Challenge (SkBC) has officially launched the 2014 competition and applications are now being accepted until February 15, 2014. The Saskatchewan Business Challenge (SkBC) is an entrepreneurship development program that increases start-up success through training, mentoring and networking opportunities. It … Continue reading

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Genetic modification: fears and facts

by Ari Yanover Genetically modified crops can be used to prevent the deaths of millions of children. Despite this, GM foods have an odd stigma attached to them. While these crops would not normally be found in nature, they are … Continue reading

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Communicating science to non-scientists: Does it really matter?

by Susan Lamb   Why is it so hard to get messages about scientific research across to the general community? And does it really matter if we do? To answer the last question first, of course it matters. As a … Continue reading

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Matching Money

by Michael Oelck Last week’s blog, Building the Start-up Eco-System in Saskatoon by Glen Schuler, Lorna Shaw-Lennox and Laurel Reich is excellent and describes some of the concerns of being a start-up entrepreneur in Saskatchewan. The company examples in the … Continue reading

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Pseudo-science promotes fear, not facts

by Robert Wager The anti-GMO industry has ramped up its attacks on genetically engineered crops and food made from them. From GE test plot destruction to demands for the banning of GE agriculture, this global industry uses fear and public … Continue reading

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Building the Start-up Eco-System in Saskatoon

by Glen Schuler, Lorna Shaw-Lennox, Laurel Reich, U of S ILO: Saskatchewan companies would benefit from accelerator program, incubator… Continue reading

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Experts answer my question: How do I talk about the science of agriculture?

by Kari Doerksen Yes, I want to talk about the science of agriculture. I want to engage in conversations, whether it is with a local politician, a Twitter follower or my neighbour over the fence. The world is changing. The … Continue reading

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Review of 10 years of GMO research – no significant dangers

by Michael Simpson: “Inventing a controversy, where there is none except in the minds of the anti-science crowd, doesn’t help the case of the GMO refusers.” Continue reading

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Trouble in Science Land

by Les Henry – I see trouble brewing in science and fear that research funding will be further cut, to the detriment of our long-term health and welfare…. Continue reading

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No room in science for provocateurs

by Cami Ryan   How many times do we have to deal with the folly and fall-out of sub-standard science? In a letter titled “Future of Meat” published in the Western Producer, October 24, 2013, Jillian MacPherson references the same … Continue reading

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Plant breeding: Discovery in a dry spell

Dr. Huang, president of Performance Plants is interviewed and published in Eisenstein’s article in NATURE, Outlook, Agriculture and Drought, Plant breeding: Discovery in a dry spell, Nature v501, Issue 7468.  PPI is described as the “best of breed” for using … Continue reading

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Healthcare Innovation Means Business conference

Health Innovation is already a valuable and exciting contributor to the economic success of Saskatoon, with numerous innovative successes. The potential exists to drive this success via a world-class health innovations cluster, contributing to meaningful timely and effective patient care … Continue reading

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Mark Lynas delivers public lecture in Saskatoon during National Biotech Week

On September 24th we were pleased to welcome Mark Lynas to Saskatoon as a guest lecturer during National Biotechnology Week. Mark Lynas is an environmental author and campaigner. In July, he published Nuclear 2.0: Why a Green Future Needs Nuclear … Continue reading

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Camelina research gets a boost

Canadian oilseed producers will benefit from research in oilseed varieties, such as Camelina sativa. The Soy 20/20 project, which oversees research and development of new varieties of oilseed crops in Canada, has received a boost from the federal government’s Growing … Continue reading

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GE Healthcare Life Sciences Upstream Tour 2013

Please join us for a seminar and technology demonstration featuring the newest product from our upstream collection: ReadyToProcess™ WAVE™ 25 Bioreactor. November 21, 2013 10am – 2pm Candle-Span Room The Atrium at Innovation Place Saskatoon, SK The event will focus … Continue reading

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How genomics can advance your industry

Genomics is expanding our understanding of the world and equipping industries with cutting-edge science and technologies. With applications ranging from adapted crops, healthier livestock, enhanced food security and much more – the benefits are clear.  Genomics research is driving the … Continue reading

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Is your company in need of research expertise?

Saskatchewan bioscience companies in need of the latest research expertise need look no further than Mitacs-Accelerate. This national program connects companies with graduate students and university faculty members through short or long-term research projects aimed at addressing a company’s need. … Continue reading

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Saskatoon entrepreneur Jason Tratch selected as Clean50 2014 winner

Jason Tratch says we don’t talk enough about money and environment in the same sentence. When speaking to Tratch, his passion for the environment is obvious. He is an entrepreneur who believes there is an important role for business in … Continue reading

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Sask Food Centre Training: 3 Day HACCP Workshop

November 5-7, 2013 9:00 am to 4:30 pm Food Centre (Peterson Building) 117-54 Innovation Boulevard (U of S Campus) A well implemented HACCP system can effectively alleviate pressures from consumer, retailers and regulatory bodies to implement food safety programs.  Learn … Continue reading

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CropSphere 2014: Saskatchewan’s newest agricultural conference

  Early registration is now open for CropSphere 2014, Saskatchewan’s newest agricultural conference. Registration is available online, as well as by phone, email, or fax. Organizers are expecting more than 1,000 to attend the event, which will take place January … Continue reading

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Solid-state digester puts organic waste to good use

It’s something that farmers and feedlots alike have struggled with forever–what to do with all the organic waste produced by livestock. The current practice is to spread the manure on the land to dispose of the manure and recycle the … Continue reading

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How much longer can we afford the luxury of organic production?

by Stuart Smyth Numerous articles and reports have compared the production of organic and convention agriculture, concluding that on average, organic crop agriculture produces 25-30% less per acre. The most recent examination of the subject is a meta-analysis by Seufert, … Continue reading

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Mark Lynas Q&A

1. Historically, over the past 40 years, when and why did the first anti-GM movement come about? Is it because of science’s lack of ability to explain how the GM process/technology works? The anti-GM movement has evolved over time. Different … Continue reading

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Speaking of Ag-biotech

by Janice Tranberg I am passionate about agricultural biotechnology and the opportunities it provides and I feel we need to open the conversation and encourage people to apply critical thought and reasoning before making decisions on whether the technology provides … Continue reading

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Vaccines: Challenges & Opportunities

by Andrew Potter Infectious diseases of humans and animals have historically been the leading cause of death worldwide, a situation that has not changed to this day. These diseases are now in the public eye more than ever; indeed, it … Continue reading

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The Camelina Genome – Sequencing on the Prairies

by Doug Heath This week marks the official release of the Camelina sativa genome sequence, which was completed by scientists from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the National Research Council – a collaborative effort within the Prairie Gold project, led … Continue reading

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Challenges and opportunities for the scientist-entrepreneur

by Martin Reaney, President & CEO, Prairie Tide Chemicals 

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Prairie Tide Chemicals: researching the healthy secrets of flax

Prairie Tide Chemicals is a University of Saskatchewan spin-off company headed by Dr. Martin Reaney. Reaney talks about the company’s first commercial product – a ‘sweet flax oil’ – and about the potential for other flax compounds that are the focus … Continue reading

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2013 World Congress: Saskatchewan showcases new technologies in Montreal

by Brianna Hudson With more than 1,200 attendees around 35 countries, the 10th Annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology was held June 16th to 19th in the beautiful city of Montreal. Ag-West Bio led a delegation from Saskatchewan, hosted a … Continue reading

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Expedite technology commercialization

Integration of IP counsel and legal counsel services by Daniel R. Polonenko & Lorie Wheeler, Gowlings The severe global economic recession of 2008 and the explosion in the availability, distribution and access to information electronically via the internet over the … Continue reading

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Ag-West Bio offers new Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Program

by Monika Polewicz, Ag-West Bio Chances are, regardless of the size of your organization, your employees are collecting strategic and competitive intelligence. Anyone who reads trade journals, scientific articles, goes to conferences and trade shows, or converses with a colleague … Continue reading

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VIDO-InterVac: Keeping Canada at forefront of discovery science

Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization’s International Vaccine Centre achieves certification New vaccine research and development against existing and emerging diseases can now proceed thanks to final certification of the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization’s International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) at the University … Continue reading

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Canola: A story of public-private partnership

by Christina Prasse-Krysa   “For canola, without public-private partnerships, the development of genetically modified varieties wouldn’t have happened. It makes sense to partner.” Dr. Wilf Keller bases this comment on his 1985-1995 experience contributing to the development of Innovator, the … Continue reading

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Mark Lynas to deliver public lecture in Saskatoon during National Biotech Week

Ag-West Bio is pleased to announce that we are bringing Mark Lynas to Saskatoon to deliver a public lecture on September 24th at the Broadway Theatre in Saskatoon, SK. His talk, entitled: “OMG! GMO! Sustainable agriculture: GMOs, organic, and how … Continue reading

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Research partnership examines eco-friendly gas station clean-up

by U of S News A new research partnership among the University of Saskatchewan, SIAST and Federated Co-operatives Ltd. (FCL) promises to help make it easier to clean up contaminated soil at former gas station sites. Researchers will explore how … Continue reading

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Starting a business? A few things to consider

by David Gauthier   In my previous series of blogs, I highlighted some challenges that entrepreneurs face when growing a company and provided some advice on how to finance and plan for growth. In this blog, we will go back … Continue reading

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Innovation is a Team Sport

by Glen Schuler, Lorna Shaw-Lennox and Laurel Reich, U of S Industry Liaison Office   The University of Saskatchewan’s Industry Liaison Office (ILO) recently had an External Review Committee assess the office’s performance. The ILO is responsible for the commercialization … Continue reading

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Just what foods are GM?

U of S researcher Dr. Stuart Smyth says with or without labels, GM products are safe. Continue reading

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Canada’s food is safe

by Lorne Hepworth I’m concerned to read that some people are so worried about the safety of genetically modified foods that they have taken to the streets. I would like to add to the conversation by providing some information that … Continue reading

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As Agri-food drops off the policy radar, what does Canada stand to lose?

by Kari Doerksen, Genome Prairie…”An industry that feeds you and feeds the world is worth investing in…We need to work together to get Agri-Food back on the government’s agenda.” Continue reading

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March Against Monsanto: Be careful to consider the facts

A group of independent international scientists ask that people consider their information sources in regards to genetically modified technology. “Every single world food safety authority…has come to the same conclusion of its [GM technology] safety.” Continue reading

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“10 ‘reasoned’ responses” to “10 reasons we don’t need #GMOs”

by Cami Ryan You may have run across this article “10 Reasons We Don’t Need GM Foods” on the FoodConsumer website. It’s been making its rounds on social media (Facebook and Twitter). I would like to address some of the inaccuracies in this article – point … Continue reading

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Canadian cleantech goes global: Key considerations in international licensing

by Sean Alexander & Paul Armitage   The rising cost of energy and resources and the transition to a low-carbon economy have driven research, development and investment efforts in clean technologies. The global cleantech market is currently valued at US$1 trillion and is … Continue reading

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Replacing petrochemicals with sustainable plant-based oils: interview with Allan Green

Allan Green – Deputy Chief of CSIRO Plant Industry, Canberra, Australia. Green was in Saskatoon, SK for the Plant Bio Industrial Oils Workshop, March 6-7, 2013 hosted by Ag-West Bio. He discusses the global bio-industry and his thoughts on the … Continue reading

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BioTalent Canada April partner update

Video: Rob Henderson, President of BioTalent Canada   What’s Happened:A warm welcome to BioTalent Canada’s new partners for April, 2013: – Porter Airlines – CanBio (Canadian BioEnergy Association) – MODIS – is one of Canada’s premiere IT staffing specialists. Please … Continue reading

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Manning Awards Foundation Saskatchewan nominees honored at reception

Three Saskatchewan entrepreneurs have been nominated for the Manning Innovation Awards, one of the top prizes for innovation in Canada. Ag-West Bio, Ernest C. Manning Awards and Innovation Saskatchewan are hosting a networking reception in their honor. The nominees: Mr. … Continue reading

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Imaging tools for health…and plants

by Noelle Chorney   Some impressive tools are coming online on the University of Saskatchewan campus. While they are intended primarily for human health applications, there is great potential for those same tools to aid in plant research. A new … Continue reading

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Genome Prairie: Onward and Upward

by Noelle Chorney Reno Pontarollo, President and CEO of Genome Prairie as of April 1, has taken the helm at an exciting time. The ag bio cluster in Saskatchewan is about to meet with new and exciting opportunities, particularly focused … Continue reading

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PREVENT announces a license to develop a seasonal influenza vaccine

The Pan-Provincial Vaccine Enterprise Inc. (PREVENT), a national Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR) headquartered at the University of Saskatchewan, signed an exclusive license with Folia Biotech in Quebec for the rights to use propriety PAL adjuvant technology … Continue reading

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Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada: celebrating bright, young minds in Saskatchewan

This years’ Sanofi BioGENEius Competition Canada (SBCC) was a success with 14 students competing Regionally on March 26th at the Agriculture building on the University of Saskatchewan Campus. The event was covered by Global Television. Winners were announced March 27th at … Continue reading

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3rd Annual Amazing Biotech Race at Innovation Place: company checkpoints needed!

Saskatchewan is preparing for the 10th National Biotechnology Week from September 20th to 27th this fall, and we are looking for companies willing to participate in a great student outreach event. The Amazing Biotech Race will be held at Innovation … Continue reading

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Agriculture More Than Ever – Join the conversation

A new initiative underway invites you to champion the agriculture industry and play a role in changing perceptions about agriculture. Agriculture More Than Ever is a multi-year industry initiative to improve perceptions of agriculture in order to assist the industry … Continue reading

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Saskatchewan BioSciences: 2013 ‘Little Green Book’ in print and online

The Saskatchewan bioscience cluster is recognized as a leading Canadian centre for research and development in biotechnology. The region is home to impressive scientific infrastructure, dynamic research institutions and innovative companies – all within close geographical proximity. The 2nd edition of our … Continue reading

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Saskatchewan showcases global advancements in ag and health at BIO 2013

Visit us in the Canada Café, booth #3831 Saskatchewan will have a strong, wide-spread presence at the 2013 BIO International Convention, Monday, April 22 – Thursday, April 25, 2013, in Chicago, IL. The Saskatchewan Biosciences Booth will highlight innovative research … Continue reading

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Saskatchewan researchers part of team to improve access to malaria drugs

  According to the World Health Organization, about half the world’s population—3.3 billion people—are at risk of malaria. Of the more than 200 million cases in 2010, about 660,000 people died, mostly children under five years old in Africa. University … Continue reading

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February to April Newsfeed Articles

The following articles were clipped and posted on Ag-West Bio’s newsfeed over the past two months. Subscribe for regular news articles. Government of Canada Highlights Successes of New Process for Natural Health Products U of S to welcome top-notch cancer … Continue reading

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No more food fights: a book review

by Cami Ryan Agriculture and food production practices are often misunderstood by the public and maligned in the media. These days, misinformation regarding farming practice and food quality and safety can circulate like wildfire, fuelled by the tools like Facebook … Continue reading

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The Feeds Innovation Institute: Connections lead to success

by Jackie Robin, Ag-West Bio If your great-grandfather was a prairie farmer, he likely put his cattle out to pasture in the summer and cut hay from prairie grasses for feed in the winter. The pigs were fed kitchen scraps … Continue reading

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Calgary set to host ABIC 2013

In 2013, the world’s Agricultural Biotechnology community will gather in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Join us for a dynamic exploration of the role of ag biotech in agriculture, energy, preventative health (both human and animal) and investment. The Agricultural Biotechnology International … Continue reading

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2nd Saskatchewan Food Summit focuses on policy and action

by Karen Tanino, U of S If there is any topic that every person on the planet can relate to, it is food. The 2nd Saskatchewan Food Summit (Feb. 27, 28, 2013 at TCU Place) provided a forum to address … Continue reading

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Viterra launches new canola variety with improved yield, hardiness

by Bruce Harrison, Viterra Years of research by the Viterra Research and Development team in Saskatoon, SK has resulted in the launch of its first Brassica juncea canola hybrid, XCEED®VT X121 CL. The product was built using the J-Tech Hybrid … Continue reading

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Creating a niche in food security: An interview with Roger Beachy

by Michael Robin, U of S Communications For Roger Beachy, one of the first orders of business for the new Global Institute of Food Security (GIFS) is to carve out a bite-sized piece from an enormous field. “What is included … Continue reading

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Pyrolysis: Turning ag residues into fuels and fertilizers

by Rebecca Gotto, Saskatchewan Research Council Farmers and agricultural processors in Saskatchewan produce a tremendous amount of crop and livestock residues, such as wheat and flax straw, oat hulls and poultry litter, that must be managed.  Researchers at the Saskatchewan … Continue reading

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RealLeaders – A conversation with Dr. Robert T. Fraley of Monsanto

Kim McConnell (ADFarm) video interview with Dr. Robert Frayley of Monsanto about his beginnings and the state of agriculture. Continue reading

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Why should we trust science?

by Scott Napper  We live in remarkable times. It seems every week we are given new reason to celebrate science and wonder at the mystery of Nature. From God Particles to increasing evidence of life on Mars to treatments for … Continue reading

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Anti-gm concerns linked to distrust of companies, not about safety

Dr. Graham Scoles: Cost due regulations put GM technology out of reach of smaller companies who could benefit. Continue reading

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Interest groups turn Supreme Court case into ‘save the seeds’ myth

by Cami Ryan The Bowman vs Monsanto Supreme Court hearing is big news in the United States and we are seeing ripple effects of it up here in Canada. Although some headlines sparked by interest groups that oppose modern agricultural … Continue reading

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Whole wheat grain products an essential component of healthy diet

by Ravindra N. Chibbar  Every New Year Canadians embark on their healthy eating resolutions or begin a diet to combat obesity and become healthy. In his book ‘Wheat Belly,’ Dr. William Davis promotes a new fad diet that is completely devoid … Continue reading

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Your business: public or private?

Susan Milburn, VP and Branch Manager for Raymond James Ltd., says going public might not be right for every company. She discusses the benefits of keeping a company private. Continue reading

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San Diego: Where Canadians meet in January

Dr. Reno Pontarollo, president & CEO of Genome Prairie, says the Plant & Animal Genomics Conference in San Diego is a great place to network and understand the issues in agriculture from the molecular level… Continue reading

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Global impacts from adoption of genetically modified crops

by Stuart Smyth The benefits, both fiscal and environmental, are becoming increasingly well known in Saskatchewan and Canada from the mid-1990s adoption of genetically modified (GM) crops. In Western Canada, for example, the commercialization of GM canola in 1995 has … Continue reading

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The confusing world of organic activism: Don’t blame organic farmers!

Mischa Popoff says “organic farmers don’t care if their neighbors use gm seed…there has never been a single case where an organic crop was decertified due to pollen drift…” Continue reading

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100% bio-jet fuel from Agrisoma Resonance Energy Feedstock reduces emissions

Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. has realized its vision of delivering a viable source of biojet fuel, confirmed by the release of National Research Council of Canada (NRC) data collected in-flight during the world’s first flight segment on 100% renewable, drop-in biofuel. … Continue reading

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A commitment to feeding the world: The Global Institute for Food Security in Saskatchewan

“Advancing Saskatchewan’s agricultural advantage allows us to significantly increase the global food supply – our moral obligation as a good global citizen – while building the next economy, an innovation economy, here at home.” ~ Premier Brad Wall – December … Continue reading

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Join us at Ag in the City – April 13, 2013

 Ag in the City – Saskatoon is a one-day event located at the Mall at Lawson Heights. Bring the whole family to experience a variety of fun activities to showcase Saskatchewan’s diverse agriculture. Explore how agriculture impacts our daily lives, … Continue reading

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Wheat of the future might be purple

by Noelle Chorney With its impressive health benefits, locally developed AnthoGrain™ has the potential to take markets by storm. You may be surprised to discover that many of the flaked grains in granolas and other whole food products from companies … Continue reading

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Newsfeed articles

The following articles were clipped and posted on Ag-West Bio’s newsfeed over the past two months. Subscribe for regular news articles. January 2012 Global Institute for Food Security welcomes international leader Millions in funding for crop research Genome Prairie Announces Appointment … Continue reading

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Canada taking leadership role in developing Low Level Presence trade policies

Thanks to plant biosciences, Canadian families can enjoy around 58 per cent savings on groceries in this country. This works out to about $80 per week, $300 per month or $4000 per year. There are plenty of other benefits to … Continue reading

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Plant Bio-Industrial Oils Workshop coming soon!

The 7th edition of PBIO will be held March 6-7, 2013 at the Delta Bessborough Hotel in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, hosted by Ag-West Bio.   The workshop was started in 2005 by Ag-West Bio (in partnership with the National Research Council) and … Continue reading

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ABIC 2014 back in Saskatoon!

The Agricultural Biotechnology International Conference will be held once again in Saskatoon in 2014, hosted by Ag-West Bio. ABIC is the premier global meeting which promotes innovation in bioscience to ensure sustainable food, feed, fibre and fuel security as the climate … Continue reading

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Sask biosciences in 2013: Happy New Year from Wilf Keller

Wilf Keller, President and CEO of Ag-West Bio, talks about what Ag-West Bio has planned for 2013 and looks ahead to a busy year for Saskatchewan’s bioscience industry.

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Students build science skills in biotech competition

The Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada (SBCC) is a national, biotechnology-focused science competition that exposes students to career possibilities and reveals the breadth of endeavour that makes up the bio-economy. SBCC gives students from across Canada the chance to pour their … Continue reading

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Saskatchewan Food Summit: Building Sustainable Food Systems

February 27-28, 2013 TCU Place Saskatoon, SK The Summit provides a forum to discuss the local food economy, access to locally produced food and Saskatchewan food security issues, in a globalized market.  The 1st Saskatchewan Food Summit attracted 150 delegates … Continue reading

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Sask Food Centre Seminar: Functional Foods and Processing Foods for Health

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 Saskatoon Inn, Saskatoon, SK Seminar Topics: • Transform everyday foods into functional foods • Oils for wellbeing • Pulses as everyday foods • Dairy in health nutrition • Food Centre’s experience with food innovation • Regulations … Continue reading

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Mark Lynas on the benefits of GM

Mark Lynas, a British environmentalist who helped spur the anti-gm movement in the 1990s. After learning more about the science behind genetic engineering, he says he was wrong to oppose the technology. On Jan. 3, 2013, he delivered the following … Continue reading

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BioTalent Canada 2013 Labour Market Information Survey

What’s your biggest HR challenge? Have your say and be counted for a stronger Canadian bio-economy. Good HR and business decisions depend on solid information. BioTalent Canada™ is gathering research for updated labour market information (LMI) report that will give … Continue reading

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