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Growing prosperity in Alberta's agriculture, food and forestry sectors
2013

November 2013

Advancing the Bioeconomy 

CNC-reinforced lightweight sandwich structure making strides with AI Bio support
Cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) are a high value material that can be extracted from wood fibre. University of Alberta researchers are investigating how adding CNC to polystyrene components of a lightweight composite sandwich structure can produce a stiffer and stronger product, with potential applications in the construction, automotive and aerospace industries.


November 2013

 Advancing the Bioeconomy

Funding of $4 million announced for biodiversity conservation chairs program 
The Alberta Biodiversity Conservation Chairs program received more than $4 million in funding for five years to examine the cumulative impacts of industrial development on biodiversity, including in the Lower Athabasca region. 

November 2013

Food Innovation 

New Research Looks at the Importance of Choline for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women  
Funded in part by AI Bio, University of Alberta professors Curtis, Field and Jacobs are combining their interests in the fields of human nutrition, food science and analytical chemistry to make the case for a wider awareness of the importance of adequate choline intake for optimal health, especially during the periods of pregnancy and lactation for women and during infant development.
[Source: Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency]

November 2013

Food Innovation 

Revolutionary new E. coli test developed 
It's only the size of a matchbox but a new lab device developed at the University of Alberta has the power to save lives. Researchers in the University of Alberta's Faculty of Medicine, funded in part by AI Bio, have created a revolutionary E. coli test that can determine the presence or absence of E. coli bacteria in less than an hour's time.

October 2013

Advancing the Bioeconomy 

U of A spin-off company a game changer for renewable fuels industry   
A University of Alberta spinoff company commercializing technology developed by a Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences researcher is introducing the next-generation of renewable fuels. Almost 10 years in the making, Forge Hydrocarbons is commercializing a patented conversion process developed by David Bressler that takes agricultural feed stocks like animal fat, such as beef tallow, crop seed oil and even restaurant grease, and converts them into 'drop in' fuels.
[Source: University of Alberta]

October 2013

 Advancing the Bioeconomy

Alberta-specific biomass resource inventory tool (BRIMS) development enters final phase.
Considerable progress has been made on the Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (AI Bio) funded development of an easy-to-use, web-based system that will identify all potential available sources of forestry and agriculture biomass in the province. Once available, it could stimulate development of new bio-industrial projects that depend on a reliable source of biomass feedstock.

October 2013

 BioGHG

Alberta Emissions Program: Climate Change and Biomass Energy
On October 10, the Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation of Alberta announced the offer of up to a total of $40 million in funding to support projects that use plants, animals, or microbes to avoid or reduce greenhouse gases or to enhance carbon sequestration… Reprinted with permission from Oct 18, 2013 issue of Madison's Lumber Reporter.

October 2013

BioGHG

Farming 4R Land Project

October 2013

 BioGHG

Protocol validation studies at various locations in Alberta

October 2013

 BioGHG

Developing an adsorbing biocarbon to achieve greenhouse gas benefits in the remediation of produced water in oil sands operations

October 2013

 BioGHG

Control of point-source low-volume methane emissions using methane biofiltration technology

October 2013

Advancing the Bioeconomy

AI Bio Funds New Research Chair to Suppoert Forestry Bio-Initiatives  
Dr. Amit Kumar, a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the U of A, has been appointed to the new Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada/Cenovus/Alberta Innovates Associate Industrial Chair in Energy and Environmental Systems Engineering.

August 2013

Advancing the Bioeconomy 

First Engineered Fibre Mat Plant in North America Opening in Drayton Valley

August 2013

Sustainable Production 

Research to Support Grizzly Bear Recovery
Industry, government, and scientists are working together to generate knowledge and tools to support recovery of grizzly bears.

August 2013

Advancing the Bioeconomy

Biocomposites for Lightweight Vehicles
With support from Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions through the former Alberta Forest Research Institute and other partners, a new facility in Alberta will soon be generating parts for vehicle interiors made of wood and agricultural fibre, helping to increase fuel efficiency and "green" the auto sector. Read AI Bio success story Drayton Valley invests in bioindustry.

July 2013

Researcher 

Talent Profile: Dr. François Eudes
Dr. François Eudes is working to develop a bioindustrial platform for Alberta based on the prairie-specific crop triticale.

July 2013

Researcher 

Talent Profile: Dr. Andreas Hamann
Dr. Andreas Hamann is currently sharing knowledge with European researchers through the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's scholarship program. He is also a Fulbright NEXUS Scholar and will be conducting research at the University of California, Berkeley.

June 2013

Prion & Prion-like Neurological Diseases 

The Prion Diaries

June 2013

Food Innovation 

Tracking Consistency in Quality Indicators from Hog to Home Yields Interesting Information for Pork Producers
A multidisciplinary team at the University of Alberta is integrating genomics, meat science, consumer science, and economics to add value to Alberta's livestock sector. Results lead investigators to believe they are able to link genes to meat quality indicators, but that the information alone won't allow for accurate prediction of consumer behaviour. Labelling production attributes is critical.

June 2013

Advancing the Bioeconomy  

The Biorefining Conversions Network
University-based research network [funded in part by AI Bio] forms a vital link with ACR and offers leading-edge pathways to optimizing value in Alberta's resource industry. [Profile reprinted with permission from Alberta Chamber of Resources.] 

May 2013

Prion & Prion-like Neurological Diseases 

Stopping the Spread of Chronic Wasting Disesase in Deer Only Possible with Decision-making Tools Based on Scientific Knowledge

May 2013

Food Innovation 

Improved Understanding of Intestinal Microbial Communities Through New Information and Tools

May 2013

Sustainable Production

Genetically Modifying Plant Cells Uing Nanotechnology Could Mean Millions for Alberta's Agricultural Industry

April 2013

 Prion & Prion-like Neurological Diseases

Proprietary Biogas technology May Destroy Hard-to-eradicate Prion, Bringing Hope to Cattle Industry

April 2013 

 Food Innovation

Analyzing the Nutrition Components of Pulses Opens Doors to New Avenues of Exploration
Dr. Joyce Ozga is hoping to find new opportunities for pulse producers. Alberta now has a comprehensive database that was constructed under the guidance of Dr. Rhonda Bell at University of Alberta detailing the flavonoid content of foods and a potential new ingredient that may benefit pulse growers and improve health.

April 2013

Sustainable Production

Experiments Result in Findings that Support Changes in Practice for Dairy Producers 

March 2013

Researcher

Talent Profile: Dr. Stefanie Czub

March 2013

Advancing the Bioeconomy 

Alberta Biomaterials Development Centre Spreads the Word about Business Opportunities in Alberta's Thriving Biomaterials Sector

March 2013 

Advancing the Bioeconomy 

Research Project Looks at Growing a New "Crop": Auto Parts
Wood pulp fibre can be incorporated into plastic suitable for moulding into automotive parts in the Magna NRC Composites Centre of Excellence in Concord, Ontario. The project is significant for Alberta because it not only creates opportunities for economic diversification but also expands the province's research capacity in 3-D biocomposite technologies.

March 2013 

Researcher 

Talent Profile: Dr. Lynn McMullen
Dr. Lynn McMullen is grateful for funding agencies like AI Bio. "The funding we get for research is important for the science and industry impact, but the ability to support and mentor great students is an important component of my research program," she says. "This would not happen without support from AI Bio."

February 2013

Ecosystem Services

Farming 4R Land

February 2013

 Researcher 

Talent Profile: Dr. David Layzell

February 2013

  Sustainable Production

Potential for More Wood Use in Taller Buildings Making Significant Progress

February 2013 

Sustainable Production

Model for Predicting the Risk of Spring Wildfires can Assist with Decision Making for Allocating Firefighting Resources
On average, about 1,400 forest fires burn about 130,000 hectares each year in Alberta, costing the province about $200 million annually. These wildfires threaten lives, communities, industry, and the economy.

February 2013

Sustainable Production

Developing an Intelligent Nano-fertilizer that Responds to Communication Between Plants and Soil Micro-organisms

January 2013

Ecosystem Services

New Models Will Allow Users to See How a Variety of Land Management Decisions and Policies Affect Ecosystem Services
Dan Farr is leading a project that will give land managers tools to understand the impacts of decisions on ecosystem services and biodiversity.

January 2013

Researcher

Talent Profile: Jeremy Heigh
Jeremy Heigh gives decision makers the clear evidence they need to stay focused on the strengths. He says the work of AI Bio is important because it helps government understand the real opportunities companies have and the barrier or market gaps that only government can address.

January 2013

Researcher

Talent Profile: Dr. Lloyd Dosdall 
Dr. Lloyd Dosdall is a professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science at the University of Alberta whose fascination with bugs has proven to be a boon to farmers in Alberta and beyond.

 


Last updated: Thursday, February 11, 2016