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Technology can help breed better cattle

Producers can improve commercial herds by knowing the sires of calves and their ancestries, says cattle geneticist John Crowley

Alberta exporters hope NAFTA can be saved but ponder life without it

Scrapping dispute resolution mechanisms is a deal breaker, says agricultural economist Ellen Goddard

Some forests aren't growing back after wildfires, research finds

Shift from coniferous to deciduous trees could affect northern ecosystems, PhD student says

It's not just spraying water: How the pros fight wildfires

Wind is the most critical factor once the fire is going, says wildland fire expert Mike Flannigan

Two University of Alberta students named Rhodes Scholars

Baking with bugs

Scientists educated in Department of Renewable Resources launch baking business featuring cricket flour

How artificial intelligence could help fight -- or even prevent -- another wine country wildfire

Researcher Mike Flannigan says that AI could produce a more accurate forecast, allowing more time to rally firefighters and evacuate victims

Red meat has long had a black mark against it

In a balanced diet lean meat is healthful, especially if it is from grass-fed animals, says nutrition researcher Spencer Proctor

Soil sensors, drones and data analytics are the new tools for farmers

Stan Blade, dean of the Faculty of ALES, comments on the agricultural data revolution

Experts talk about clubroot in region

Emergence of new pathotypes is making clubroot management more difficult, says researcher Stephen Strelkov

How will Canada manage its wildfires in the future?

Fire researcher Mike Flannigan argues that only by taking on more risk in some situations, can we reduce major losses in others

A new Golden Age of Canadian comics

Patti LaBoucane-Benson's graphic novel, The Outside Circle, is one of the acclaimed Canadian entries to the comic industry

Creating a gateway to a better life

With Sweet Moms, researcher Rhonda Bell is battling effects of sugar on pregnancy

Consider this: Making an impact across the years

Clothing and Textiles Collection renamed to honour founding curator Anne Lambert

New techniques may reduce spread of mountain pine beetle

ALES researcher Jennifer Klutsch finds that changes to bait and to the spacing of trees helps catch more of them

Heating Up

Climate change played a major role in BC's intense fire season, says researcher Mike Flannigan

Water walkers group grows

William Shotyk has 25 years of data attesting to the water purity of an Ontario aquifer that farmers, First Nations and activists are trying to safeguard from industry

The Catch-22 of oat production

Crop scientist Linda Hall is showing Alberta growers how to shift to high-value oat crops from lower-value oat feed

Into the fire

Wildfire expert Mike Flannigan accompanied a film crew from The Nature of Things to B.C.'s biggest blaze of 2017, to give viewers a riveting explanation of fire behaviour

CBC documentary to explain science behind BC wildfires

Wildfire scientist Mike Flannigan featured in Nature of Things film that airs Nov. 5

Lost in the woods: why boreal caribou are in trouble and why that matters

ALES researcher Fiona Schmiegelow says caribou can no longer avoid such human-created disturbances as roads, logged areas or seismic lines.

Scientist grades water risks from wildfires; prairies at top of list

Burned areas more prone to floods, mudslides and water contamination, says study by PhD student in Department of Renewable Resources

Carla Prado named a Top 40 Under 40

CAIP Chair in Nutrition, Food & Health and director of Human Nutrition Research Unit is celebrated for her internationally recognized nutrition guidelines for obese people with cancer

Mental health plays huge role in student success

Jim Bohun, ALES' assistant dean of academic and student programs, describes a pilot program that will see senior students pair up with new undergrads

Increasing wind speeds will stoke more Alberta wildfires

Makes it more extreme - Prof says climate change added to historic fire season

Climate change contributed to extreme nature of wildfires in Alberta, B.C.

Volunteer firefighter dies as winds help ignite, spread wildfires across Western Canada

Mike Flannigan comments on frequency of October wildfires.

The world ablaze

With wildfires now a deadly feature of a warmer planet, researcher Mike Flannigan says we need to adjust our understanding and response

Here's what we know about wildfires and climate change

Mike Flannigan reveals the few factors a raging inferno requires, and the vast stores of carbon it releases into our atmosphere

It's not an opinion: U of A integrates Indigenous knowledge for new climate change study

Impact on northern waterways observed through traditional knowledge and contemporary science

Riverworld: Indigenous knowledge reveals harm climate change causing Canada's largest watershed

Study led by environmental sociologist Brenda Parlee documented observations from 12 communities in Mackenzie River Basin

Attack of the clones: Sperm-stealing Prussian carp threaten to overwhelm Alberta waterways

Fisheries biologist Mark Poesch says voracious plant eaters can cause native species to fight for food and space

Food waste unappetizing

The numbers are shocking, says Stan Blade, dean of the Faculty of ALES -- the United Nations estimates that one-third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted.

Stark Evidence A Warmer World Is Sparking More and Bigger Wildfires

The evidence is more and more overwhelming that climate change has increased risk of fire around the world, says wildfire expert Mike Flannigan.

Are lentils the new vegan and vegetarian superfood?

Food scientist Lingyun Chen and her team have developed a lentil protein powder that replaces eggs and milk in baked goods.

University of Alberta Botanic Garden parking lot part of $4.9 mllion makeover

Funding will also upgrade infrastructure items including sewage, power, water and gas, roadway, lighting and entrance

Some old ways aren't better, but…

Myles Dyck explains what eight decades of soil research at the U of A tells us about soil health

Women, doing all the household chores is bad for your relationship

Recent master's graduate Rebecca Horne discovered that women consistently perform more household chores than men, which another recent study shows can harm couples' relationships.

Waterton forest will take decades to regrow after Alta wildfire, experts say

Fires help maintain biodiversity and kill off diseases, says Mike Flannigan, wildland fire expert

Controlling traffic to improve your soil

Using a new method of measurement, Guillermo Hernandez and his graduate students found that limiting how heavy equipment moves through a field improves soil quality and water infiltration

Incentives could entice cattle producers into carbon storage: expert

It's hypocritical not to pay ranchers when farmers get incentives, says rangeland ecologist Edward Bork

Spud research looks at greenhouse gas emissions

Reducing nitrous oxide emissions could improve sustainability and market access

No end to pine beetle battle in Alberta, experts say

Forest entomologist Nadir Erbilgin says beetles now face an expanse of fresh territory without natural barriers

Tim Caulfield takes his medical myth-busting to television as host of new show

ALES researchers Carla Prado, Rhonda Bell and Matthew Johnson make appearances

U of A gets cash boost from feds

Restoration ecologist Justine Karst says the funding allows her the freedom to take necessary risks on the frontier of scientific discovery.

Restoration ecologist receives Discovery Grants funding

Justine Karst is a scientist benefiting from Canada's billion-dollar investment in natural sciences and engineering, being announced today

How artificial intelligence could help predict major forest fires

Mike Flannigan and his research team have trained a "self-organizing map" to identify high-risk days for fires

Restoring wetlands through market based solutions

With an economic incentive called a "reverse auction," developed in the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology, researchers convinced landowners to allow restoration of 10 wetlands

From oilsands mine to wetland: Is Syncrude's reclamation experiment working?

Wetlands researcher Lee Foote commends the efforts but doubts the wetlands can be fully reclaimed


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