Berm Outreach Day: The importance of enhanced non-crop habitat for beneficial insects in intensive agricultural landscapes

by Dillon Muldoon, MSc student Me on one of my newly planted berm research plots. Photo by Jenni Dunning. While driving up highway 400 for that cottage getaway in the Muskokas, you’ll pass by a little slice of Ontario agriculture on some of the darkest soil you’ve ever seen. But be careful: If you blink, you might miss this beautiful place known as the Holland Marsh. Located 50 km north of Toronto, the Holland Marsh…

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Centre for Innovation scientist recognized for his contributions to the field of cryobiology

Centre for Innovation scientist recognized for his contributions to the field of cryobiology Transplantation Organs and Tissues Plasma Stem Cells Transfusion Blood Thursday, September 19, 2019 Dr. Geraldine Walsh Centre for Innovation scientist Dr. Jason Acker was recently inducted as a Fellow of the Society for Cryobiology, a prestigious international award that recognizes individuals who have had an exemplary impact on the field of cryobiology. Congratulations to Dr. Acker, who received this award over the…

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Microbes Make the Messages in Cat Poop

Bacteria in the anal glands of a cat are responsible for chemical signalling via poop, study shows.A Bengal cat. Photo: Shvaygert Ekaterina/ShutterstockBy Zazie Todd, PhDMany species of carnivore use chemical signals in faeces as a way of communicating. Stinky secretions from the anal sacs, on each side of the anus, provide odours in poop that are used for chemical signals and scent marking.Wolves and spotted hyenas use these to mark territory; it is believed domestic…

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Summer by Design: Filling in the gap between academia and industry

Virginia Palomares Cabeza is a fourth-year PhD candidate at the Erasmus Medical Centre (Rotterdam, the Netherlands) and the University College Dublin (Ireland). Her interdisciplinary research focuses on investigating the immune responses of allogeneic stem cell implants for bone regeneration. Virginia is passionate about bringing together different scientific disciplines and improving science communication. Outside of the lab, you can find her acting, traveling or playing board games. Some of the Summer by Design students, outside the…

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