LFS Student Kyly Whitfield Advances to UBC 3MT Finals


Congratulations to Kyly Whitfield (PhD Candidate, Human Nutrition) who received an honourable mention and the People’s Choice award for her semi-final heat yesterday. Kyly is one of 10 participants who will advance to the UBC Finals on Thursday to present her thesis, “Fortified fish sauce: a simple solution to thiamin deficiency in rural Cambodia”, under the supervision of Dr. Tim Green.

UBC 3-Minute Thesis Finals
Date: Thursday, March 12th | 4:30 PM – 6 PM
Location: Graduate Student Centre (map) Ballroom

Visit 3mt.grad.ubc.ca to learn more about the competition.

Results: 2015 LFS Graduate Student Conference Awards


The 2015 LFS Graduate Student Conference was held on March 5 at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC-Vancouver.

Over 35 graduate and senior undergraduate students presented their research to an audience of ~100 students, faculty, staff, and guests.

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Congratulations to all of our presenters! The results of the oral and poster competitions is as follows:

Oral Presentation

1st Place: Karen Fong, Environmental adaptation and stress response mechanisms of Salmonella enterica in peanut oil, peanuts and chia seeds (Supervisor: Dr. Siyun Wang)

1st Runner Up: Asadeh Behnam-Shabahang, Feeding and Social Behaviours of Primiparous and Multiparous Dairy Cows During the Transition Period (Supervisor: Heather Neave)

2nd Runner Up: Joao Costa, Early pair housing increases solid feed intake and weight gains in dairy calves (Supervisor: Dr. Daniel Weary)

People’s Choice Award: Joshua Edward, Uncommon Grounds: LGBTIQ Communities, Urban Agriculture and Ecologies of Social Difference (Supervisor: Dr. Eduardo Jovel)
Poster Presentation

1st Place: Akshit Puri, Can a Nitrogen-fixing bacteria isolated from Lodgepole Pine trees reside inside Agricultural Crops? (Supervisor: Dr. Christopher Chanway)

1st Runner Up: Nicola Adderley, Are young dairy calves able to sort a total mixed ration? (Supervisor: Joao Costa)

2nd Runner Up: Jiaqi Li, Chemical, physical and morphological properties of bacterial biofilms affect survival of encased Campylobacter jejuni under aerobic stress (Supervisor: Dr. Xiaonan Lu)

People’s Choice Award: Allison Daniel, Formative Research for the Development of a Home Fortification Programme for Young Children in Burundi: Results of the Feasibility Study (Dr. Tim Green)

Kirchner Food Fellowship


The Kirchner Food Fellowship is pleased to announce its 2015 application period is open until April 15th. The purpose of the Kirchner Food Fellowship program is to foster the development of students who have the practical skills and knowledge to make effective investments in emerging agricultural technologies that have the possibility of addressing global food security. The Fellows have full discretion over their investment fund during a unique learning experience. A Fellowship may be held by a student currently enrolled at any university in North America. The Kirchner Food Fellows will be selected by June 30th, 2015 with the program commencing in August. “While getting my MBA, no other experience has afforded me such a unique opportunity to get firsthand experience allocating capital as a way to drive positive change in our food systems. The Kirchner Food Fellowship is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that has the power to change both your career path and the world around you.” – Erin Lenhardt, Kirchner Food Fellow and MBA student at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. For more information watch our video or to apply visitwww.fundthefood.com/apply/.

Alastair JS Summerlee LLD, PhD, BSc, BVSc, MRCVS
Executive Director, Kirchner Food Fellowship Program
Professor Biomedical Science, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Phone + 519 824 4120

UBC Botanical Garden’s 2015 Workshops, Lectures & Tours are now online


Interested in learning something new? UBC Botanical Garden offers a diverse selection of workshops, lectures and tours on topics such as pruning, organic gardening, arts, sustainability and more. There are over 30 interesting topics to choose from. Visit botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/learn to register.

March Workshops:

Plant Diversity in Baja California

Friday, March 13, 2015 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm  • UBC Botanical Garden, Reception Centre  • Cost: free

Discover plant diversity in the Sonoran Desert Peninsula of Baja California with Ernesto Sandoval, Director at UC Davis Botanical Conservatory.


Plan and Establish Espalier Fruit Trees

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm • UBC Botanical Garden, Reception Centre • Cost: $29.75 members, UBC students & UNA, $35 public

Do you know that most temperate tree fruits we grow in our gardens are grafted? Learn how plant tissues can be joined to optimize growth.


Fruit Tree Grafting

Saturday, March 14, 2015 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm • UBC Botanical Garden, Reception Centre • Cost: $29.75 members, UBC students & UNA; $35 public

Discover plant diversity in the Sonoran Desert Peninsula of Baja California with Ernesto Sandoval, Director at UC Davis Botanical Conservatory.


Magnolia Magic Walking Tours

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 9:30 am – 3:00 pm • UBC Botanical Garden Entrance • Cost: $10

Join expert guides to explore the magnificent magnolia trees in bloom at the UBC Botanical Garden

Dr. Tara Moreau

Associate Director, Sustainability and Community Programs | UBC Botanical Garden including Nitobe Memorial Garden | Faculty of Science
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver
6804 SW Marine Drive | Vancouver, BC  Canada V6T 1Z4
Phone 604 690 5375 | Fax 604 822 2016
tara.moreau@ubc.ca | @ubcgarden | facebook.com/ubcgarden | botanicalgarden.ubc.ca


Soil Science Seminar: Akshit Puri


Speaker: Akshit Puri, M.Sc. student, Soil Science (supervisor Chris Chanway)
Topic: Plant growth promotion and N-fixation of corn and canola seedlings by a Paenibacillus strain
Date and Location: Friday March 13, 3:00-4:00 pm, room 154 MacMillan