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Exploring the Role of Plant Functional Traits and Anatomy in Leaf Litter Decomposition

Exploring the Role of Plant Functional Traits and Anatomy in Leaf Litter Decomposition

Project leads: Cindy Prescott, Professor, Faculty of Forestry and Jenna Zukswert, MSc Candidate, Faculty of Forestry Impact: Build forest leaf litter decomposition rate models to increase the preciseness of carbon cycling predictions in the face of climate change.

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Honey Bees: Pathogen Response

  Project lead: Leonard Foster, Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Director, Centre for High-Throughput Biology. Impact: Understand some of the means by which bees can defend themselves against pathogens and enrich a particular kind of social behaviour in bees, known as hygienic behaviour that enables bees to better fend-off mites […]

Geographic Variation and Speciation in Birds

Geographic Variation and Speciation in Birds

Geographic Variation and speciation in birds Project leads: Darren Irwin, Professor, Faculty of Science, Department of Zoology, UBC Impact: The UBC farm provides a wonderful site to study the bird fauna of the Vancouver area, allowing us to compare the genetic and phenotypic traits (e.g. plumage colours, songs) of local birds with those in more […]

Truffle Establishment in British Columbia

Photo courtesy of Shannon Berch: Pèrigord black truffle Project leads:  Shannon Berch, Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Science, Department of Botany, Associate Member, Ministry of Forests Impact:Successful cultivation of Pèrigord black truffle (Tuber melanosporum) using English oak (Quercus robur) as the host tree to develop Best Management Practices for use in establishing a commercial truffle industry. Project Partners: British Columbia Truffle […]

BC Seed Trials

BC Seed Trials

A multi-year collaboration between Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security, Farm Folk City Folk and UBC Farm, The BC Seed Trial research project aims to increase the quality and quantity as well as the biodiversity of BC’s seed industry. The ongoing research will identify seed that is well adapted to the local climate and […]

Celebrate Solstice at the UBC Farm

Celebrate Solstice at the UBC Farm

Tonight, June 20th 2017. Join the circle for a public choral celebration at the farm to mark the longest day of the year. Several community choirs will be in the circle and leading our singing. Free to all!

Joy of Feeding

Joy of Feeding

13 cooks. 13 countries. One delicious day. Join us for this unique inter-generational, international food festival and fundraiser for the UBC Farm – where we celebrate home-cooked dishes from around the world!

Indigenous Food Sovereignty

Indigenous Food Sovereignty

The Urban Aboriginal Food Security Portal is intended to provide resources that will assist Aboriginal people and those interested in Aboriginal health to reduce food insecurity by compiling current initiatives and programs, and by developing an interactive community map highlighting locations where access to these resources can be procured. Our goal is to develop culturally […]

Ecological Pest Management

Ecological Pest Management

Dr. Juli Carrillo’s lab ‘Plant-Insect Ecology & Evolution’ focuses on plant defence against herbivory. Currently, Carrillo’s lab has a new project at the UBC Farm involving intercropping, lead by Chelsea Gowton. The project involved Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) as an invasive fruit fly. SWD can have a huge economic impact on global small fruit production. Organic farmers, […]

Cultural Diversity in Food Policy

Cultural Diversity in Food Policy

      The Intercultural Food Security Study was a collaborative effort between the Richmond Food Security Society, the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at the UBC Farm, and the Vancouver Foundation. This project, which took place over the summer and fall of 2015 in Richmond, engaged in a community consultation with multicultural residents and […]