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Growing prosperity in Alberta's agriculture, food and forestry sectors

October 2010

Prion and Protein Misfolding Diseases

Removal of Specified Risk Material 
Specified risk material (SRM) is tissue from prion-infected animals that may harbour infectivity. To limit the spread of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in cattle, SRM can no longer be used in animal feeds, pet food, or fertilizers and must be disposed of according to the enhanced feed ban put in place by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA): hauled in dedicated trucks, processed, and then buried in landfills, burned in high-temperature incinerators, or used to make bioenergy.

September 2010

Industry Challenges and Emerging Opportunities

Ecosystem Services
Ecosystem services are defined as the benefits, such as food, fibre, and energy that humans derive from our natural assets: land, air, and water.

August 2010

Value Chain Sustainability

Researchers at Phytola are developing new strategies to improve the quantity and quality of oil in oilseed plants such as canola and flax, with an emphasis on moving products from the laboratory to the marketplace.

July 2010

Value Chain Sustainability

Functional Foods from Eggs and Hens
Proteins are some of the most complex and unique polymers in nature, and research is discovering new ways to use them for functional foods and biomaterials.

June 2010


Poultry Research Centre
Some of the research under way includes finding new ways to treat cardiovascular diseases, enriching eggs with vitamins like omega-3 fatty acids, creating edible protein film for use as biodegradable packaging, and developing a novel vaccine against avian influenza for the poultry industry.

May, 2010

Advancing the Bioeconomy

Green Chemistry 
Dr. Dae-Kyun Ro aims to replace petrochemicals with bioproducts from plants. 

March, 2010

Advancing the Bioeconomy

Putting Alberta on the bio-industry map 
The Town of Drayton Valley saw an opportunity when a local plant closed: create a new economic sector in sustainable building products. 

January, 2010

Quality Food for Health

Leading the World in Metabolomics 
Can't remember what you ate last night? Dr. David Wishart's innovative metabolomics tools could tell you that and much more about your body and its functions.

Last updated: Thursday, February 11, 2016