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UBC Microbiology: Beneficial microbes protect plants from pathogen attacks

UBC Microbiology: Beneficial microbes protect plants from pathogen attacks

UBC Microbiology: Beneficial microbes protect plants from pathogen attacks “Understanding how beneficial microbes are recruited has the potential to be used in agriculture to sustainably protect plants from pathogens. ” Dr. Cara Haney, CSFS associate and professor in UBC’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology, conducted research on how plants can recruit beneficial bacteria (i.e. their microbiome) […]
Springer Nature: Are Small Farms Better?

Springer Nature: Are Small Farms Better?

Springer Nature: Are Small Farms Better? “It is an important question to examine — more than 80% of the world’s farmers are smallholders and they constitute a large portion of the world’s poor and vulnerable populations.” Dr. Navin Ramankutty, CSFS Associate and Canada Research Chair in Global Environmental Change and Food Security, blogged about his […]
The Globe and Mail and National Post: Nature’s assets and conserving 30% of Earth

The Globe and Mail and National Post: Nature’s assets and conserving 30% of Earth

The Globe and Mail and National Post: Nature’s assets and conserving 30% of Earth by 2030 “The challenge is not simply to measure the contents of the country’s vast natural landscapes, but to know what to measure.” The Globe and Mail highlighted a study by Dr. Matthew Mitchell, CSFS Associate and research associate at UBC’s […]
National Geographic: Breeding climate-resilient sunflowers

National Geographic: Breeding climate-resilient sunflowers

National Geographic: Breeding climate-resilient sunflowers “Already capable of growing in harsh conditions, sunflowers have the potential to withstand even more.” Dr. Loren Rieseberg, CSFS associate and professor in UBC’s Department of Botany, commented on how sunflowers are considered one of the more environmentally resilient crops. Sunflower roots extend twice as deep as those of corn – […]
Earth Day: How to Take Action + Educational and Indigenous Resources

Earth Day: How to Take Action + Educational and Indigenous Resources

Earth Day: How to Take Action + Educational and Indigenous Resources We are celebrating Earth Day on April 22! Read on for ideas on how to get involved, educational materials, and much more. Take Action Are you a student looking to get involved with sustainability initiatives? There are many groups on campus that may suit […]
CBC: Chocolate might melt out of memory if we don’t protect pollinators

CBC: Chocolate might melt out of memory if we don’t protect pollinators

CBC: Chocolate might melt out of memory if we don’t protect pollinators “To support pollinators as spring takes hold, plant pollinator-supporting gardens.” Dr. Claire Kremen, a professor at UBC’s Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, says combing the yard for chocolate Easter eggs could one day be a thing of the past if we don’t make a […]
Organic Science Canada: Wasps vs. Spotted Wing Drosophila

Organic Science Canada: Wasps vs. Spotted Wing Drosophila

Organic Science Canada: Wasps vs. Spotted Wing Drosophila “Natural enemies that kill spotted wing drosophila may help to slow their growth and, in turn, reduce pressure on crops.” Dr. Juli Carrillo, CSFS Associate, has a research write-up on pages 25 and 26 of this Organic Science Canada digital issue (link below). The write-up goes into […]
BC Eco Seed Co-op: Meet BCESC Member Evan Goh of UBC Farm

BC Eco Seed Co-op: Meet BCESC Member Evan Goh of UBC Farm

BC Eco Seed Co-op: Meet BCESC Member Evan Goh of UBC Farm “When I hold seeds that I have helped save in my hands, I feel an indescribable connection to the past, the countless generations of plants that led to this seed, and also a connection to the people who were there every step of […]
National Observer and The Star: Canada’s new laws for GMOs and gene editing

National Observer and The Star: Canada’s new laws for GMOs and gene editing

National Observer and The Star: Canada’s new laws for GMOs and gene editing “Canada is changing its risk assessment policy for genetically modified plants and food products sold at home and overseas.” Dr. Loren Rieseberg, a professor in UBC’s Department of Botany, spoke about gene editing and developing gene-edited crops. Compared with traditional breeding, gene editing is […]
News 1130: Don’t be tempted to garden early

News 1130: Don’t be tempted to garden early

News 1130: Don’t be tempted to garden early “All the organic junk in your garden is still useful for the bees.” Dr. Risa Sargent, a professor at UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems, was recently interviewed about bees and gardening. She explains the rationale behind why it is not necessarily good to begin planting […]