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Growing prosperity in Alberta's agriculture, food and forestry sectors
2015

December 2015

Sustainable Production

Dr. Deogratias Rweyongeza

Tanzania native drawn to forestry research in Alberta

December 2015

Sustainable Production

Reclaiming Sandy Soils

After an oil sands mining operation is complete, companies must reclaim the land so it can once again support plants and animals. But in areas with sandy soils, this can be especially tricky.

December 2015

Bioindustrial Innovation

Dr. Benji Ahvazi

Advancing the benefits of cellulose nanocrystals

December 2015

Bioindustrial Innovation 

Agrifibre Additive Reduces Cracking in Concrete

About 28 million cubic metres of concrete is poured every year in Canada to construct everything from sidewalks and driveways to highways, dams, bridges and high rises. But concrete has a tendency to crack, resulting in expensive repair costs for homeowners, companies and public transportation departments.

December 2015

Bioindustrial Innovation

Enzymes Improve Performance of Some Biocomposite Products

Glass or carbon fibres are typically added to plastics and other industrial products as reinforcing material. Now, natural fibres are being added instead to make greener “biocomposites” for the production of other goods – everything from vehicle components to building or medical products.

December 2015

Bioindustrial Innovation

Lignin is New Glue in Making Plywood

West Fraser Mills Ltd., an integrated forest products company, is building Canada’s first commercial-scale plant to recover lignin from its pulping operation and transform this waste byproduct into a useful bioproduct. There is only one other industrial-scale plant in North America to recover lignin. It is located in North Carolina.

December 2015

Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity

Researchers Make Tracks in Large-Carnivore Monitoring

Large carnivores like bears and wolves play an important role in the ecosystem, but their populations are often threatened by human activities

December 2015

Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity 

Helping Alberta’s Threatened Caribou

Alberta’s iconic caribou are dwindling in numbers because of human activity—particularly resource development by industry.

December 2015

Food Innovation

Miniaturized Device Will Detect Food-Borne Pathogens in Meat

In Alberta’s meat processing facilities, products must be regularly tested for harmful food-borne pathogens like E. coli. Samples are usually sent to an off-site laboratory for analysis, a process that’s both expensive and slow.

December 2015

Food Innovation

New Milling Technique Could Bring More Barley to Market

While people have been eating barley for millennia, only recently have we fully understood the many health benefits of this ancient grain. In addition to being a low-glycemic food, barley is high in soluble fibre, which helps the body lower blood cholesterol.

December 2015

Sustainable Production

Quantifying the benefits of ecosystem services

As stewards of the land, agricultural producers are careful to protect the ecosystem services—like water quality and biodiversity—that we all depend upon.

December 2015

Food Innovation

Helping Alberta Farmers Break into the Lentils Game

As the world’s largest exporter of lentils, Canada sends over 95% of its crops to other countries, particularly in Southeast Asia, where the demand is growing. But few of these lentils come from Alberta, even though the province is rich in agricultural land and expertise.

December 2015

Bioindustrial Innovation

Researchers Develop Biobased Spray Foam

In construction, spray foam insulation can lighten the environmental footprint of a building by reducing heat loss and improving energy efficiency. But while spray foam products can help the environment, they’re currently made from petrochemicals through processes that create greenhouse gas emissions.

December 2015

Sustainable Production

Livestock Research Group Finds Success in Industry Collaboration

When Alberta researchers, in collaboration with international colleagues, finished mapping the bovine genome in 2010, they knew they were onto something big. The genetic tool had the potential to radically change livestock breeding and management.

December 2015

Food Innovation

Dr. Kevin Swallow

Food scientist brings new products to market.

December 2015

Food Innovation

Dr. Flavio Capettini

International Barley Scientist Sets Down Roots in Alberta.

December 2015

Biological GHG

Transforming pollution into products

Greenhouse gases (GHG) like CO2 threaten both environmental health and economic prosperity. But new research supported by the Biological Greenhouse Gas Management Program of Climate Change Emissions Management Corporation, collaboratively delivered by Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions, could hold the key not only to managing these emissions but also to profiting from them.

December 2015

Prion and Prion-like Neurological Disease

Drs. Judd Aiken and Debbie McKenzie

Leading researchers in chronic wasting disease.

December 2015

Prion and Prion-like Neurological Disease

Decoding the Structure of BSE Prions

How are they built? How do they destroy nerve cells and cause disease?

December 2015

Prion and Prion-like Neurological Disease

Molecular Chaperones Might Treat Prion Disease and ALS

What do the misfolded prions that cause BSE in infected cows look like? Cells have thousands of proteins, each with a distinct function and shape. Proteins are involved in every cell function. They transport nutrients, govern movement, keep cells healthy and functional—and even take out the trash.

December 2015

Biological GHG

The Greener Way to Reclaim Petroleum-Contaminated Soil

When soil in Alberta is contaminated with petroleum hydrocarbons (PHCs), whether from an accidental spill or normal industrial activities, it is often removed and taken to landfill. Not only does this land management strategy create greenhouse gases (through excavation and transport) but it disturbs the landscape.

December 2015

Prion and Prion-like Neurological Disease

Enzymes might be the cure to Alzheimer's

University of Alberta neurologist and neuroscientist Dr. Jack Jhamandas studies the mechanisms of neurodegeneration, which is the deterioration and death of neurons (nerve cells). One of his special interests is study of the toxic amyloid protein, which characterizes Alzheimer's disease.

December
2015

 

Bioindustrial Innovation

Knowledge advancement, collaboration the focus of BCN-AI Bio conference

More than 250 participants representing academia, the biotech industry, the innovation system and government gathered in Edmonton for Bioindustrial Innovations: Unlocking Value and Tackling Climate Change. Co-hosted by AI Bio, it was the first and largest bioindustrial conference of its kind to be held in the Alberta capital.

November 2015

Sustainable Production

Taking stock of carbon pools in Alberta's forests

To mitigate the effects of climate change, governments strive to balance out CO2 emissions from human activity with carbon pools in nature, like forests.

November 2015

Bioindustrial Innovation 

Think tank identifies Mexico as primary target market for more softwood lumber exports

Canada's Softwood Lumber Agreement with the United States expires in October.

November 2015

Food Innovation

Understanding how milk boosts weight loss and health

For generations, parents have urged their children to drink their milk-and for good reason. Milk contains calcium and other nutrients that are important for bodies of all ages.

November 2015

Food Innovation

Beyond eggs and meat: innovative ingredients from poultry products 

With support from the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency Ltd. (ALMA), Alberta Innovates-Bio Solutions (AI-BIO) and Maple Leaf Foods, Dr. Betti and his team successfully completed two innovative value-added projects that utilize poultry products - a salt substitute and joint lubrication supplement

November 2015

Biological GHG

Graduate students get the 'big picture' on biological greenhouse gas emissions control

An international workshop in Alberta not only gave graduate students a unique, 'big picture' look at biological methods to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the students themselves organized and delivered the entire event.

October 2015

Food Innovation

Biopreservative Limits Listeria Growth on Ready-to-Eat Meats

In partnership with the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA) and Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions, Dr. McMullen's team looked to determine whether a biopreservative could mitigate  Listeria  on ready-to-eat meats. 

September 2015

Sustainable Production

Carleton profs developing smart fertilizer that deploys only when plants tell it to

Imagine a fertilizer that stays in the ground until plants need to access it, instead of being washed away or giving plants more nutrients than they can handle.

September 2015

Food Innovation

Cigi milling project shows significant potential for Canadian food barley

Cigi has been investigating better ways to mill Canadian food (hulless) barley into flour which may increase its potential for commercial use as a healthy ingredient.

Aug-Sept 2015

Bioindustrial Innovation

Edmonton's Blatchford Redevelopment: An opportunity to showcase innovative wood products and construction

The Municipal Airport was a fixture north of Edmonton's downtown for nearly a century. Now the 217-hectare former airport site is being transformed into one of the world's largest sustainable redevelopment projects.

June-July 2015

Bioindustrial Innovation

AI Bio funds help prepare industry for imminent environmental change

Environmental change is coming to Alberta, both on the positive and negative side of the equation, with this year's dry spring and numerous forest fires an indicator of one major challenge the province's forest industry could face in the not-too-distant future.

May 2015

General

Impact Innovation 2015

Across Alberta, innovative science is being carried out to help us solve problems and strengthen the province’s forest, agriculture, and food industries. The fifth annual Impact Innovation speaker session held on May 13, 2015, showcased several of these exciting science initiatives with the potential to have an enormous impact on our future. In the audience of 200, with more than half (52%) attending an Impact Innovation event for their first time, were representatives from government (40%), academia (37%), industry (17%) and others (6%).

May 2015

Bioindustrial Innovation

Applications open for equipment utilization under new Alberta Bio Future program 

Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (AI Bio) is now accepting funding applications for the 'equipment utilization' component of its new Alberta Bio Future (ABF) program. It will consider new requests on a continuing intake basis throughout the four years of the program.

March-April 2015

Bioindustrial Innovation

Quality science leads to fire-safety changes in building code for taller wood buildings 

Alberta Innovates - Bio Solutions (AI Bio) supports more use of innovative biomaterials and wood products in construction. But use of these building materials will only increase if important issues like fire safety are addressed, particularly as construction of taller all-wood buildings takes hold.

February 2015

Bioindustrial Innovation

Modular off-site construction challenges forest industry to rethink materials supply

Modular off-site building construction is on the rise globally and particularly in Alberta, say industry experts.

Dec-Jan 2015

Bioindustrial Innovation

Cross-laminated timber enables taller construction of wood structures

A member of Alberta's governing Conservative party recently introduced a private member's bill in the provincial legislature that would allow builders to construct six-storey wood buildings throughout Alberta-30 percent higher than the current four-storey limit.


Last updated: Thursday, August 25, 2016