March 2020

We live in interesting times. We're bombarded with anxiety-inducing news about the rapid spread of COVID-19, discord over climate change, and political uncertainty making global markets bounce like a yoyo (much like the weather!). 

Uninteresting times are much easier to deal with: calm, peaceful, predictable. 

Possibly thanks to the sunshine today, I’m feeling optimistic. I believe challenges make society move forward. Science is the key. Scientists are creative thinkers who use the scientific method—deliberate, methodical data gathering—to fully understand problems and deliver evidence-based solutions for the world’s most difficult challenges. We are fortunate to have many such brilliant people here in our research cluster. 

A few examples:
The Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) was awarded $1 million to back their efforts toward a vaccine for COVID-19. The Global Institute for Food Security works to understand many aspects of the systems we use to feed ourselves, from the complex interactions of soils and crop roots, to how society accepts new technologies. At the University of Saskatchewan’s Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence, researchers are looking for the truth about what impact beef cattle have on the environment. Scroll down to read articles on these topics.

On another optimistic note: We are inviting experts to explore the positive impact of various agricultural technologies on the climate. Join us for conversations about energy sources, crop development, precision agriculture and livestock science. Details to come! In the meantime, be sure to mark June 25th on your calendar for this Ag-West Bio event.

I hope you enjoy this Bulletin. We welcome our members to submit articles (please read the submission guidelines). Visit our event calendar and watch for our Weekly Update to keep up with news and events in Saskatchewan’s bioscience industry; and of course, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn, and subscribe to our YouTube video channel.

 

ARTICLES

  • A new leader for Saskatchewan’s bioscience industry association

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  • Agriculture in the City Saskatoon 2020 coming soon!

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  • The 2020 Saskatchewan Agri-Value Forum and Networking Event

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  • Ancient farming practices can improve crop production and offset climate change

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  • Genomics offers opportunities for Northern research

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  • Celebrating 10 years of midge tolerant wheat stewardship

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  • GIFS signs agreement to accelerate social science research in food security

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  • Global Institute for Food Security researchers help crack canola genome

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  • Learning from nature: wild wheat responds to climate change

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  • Smart Earth Camelina ships first load of Camelina oil by rail

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  • Research is helping farmers seize Quinoa fever

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  • Researchers seek to provide accurate picture of beef cattle’s impact on greenhouse gas emissions

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  • VIDO-InterVac-led research team at awarded almost $1M to fight new coronavirus

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  • GIFS: Advancing global food security to feed a growing world

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  • Participate in a BioTalent Canada Focus Group

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EVENTS

  • AWESOME Workshops - March 11& 27, 2020

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  • Food Strategy Masterclass - April 1, 2020

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  • Food as Medicine Forum - April 23, 2020

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  • Twin Screw Extrusion for Plant Based Proteins Workshop - June 10&11, 2020

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  • 8th International Crop Science Congress - June 21-25, 2020

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  • Canada-Africa Agriculture Summit - June 15-19, 2020

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