Macdonald Homecoming a huge draw

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The Macdonald Campus was a hotbed of activity during the University’s Homecoming celebrations.  More than 200 alumni renewed friendships, relived shared experiences of yesteryear and participated in exceptional programming that helped strengthen ties to Macdonald researchers and students of today.

For photos from Homecoming, please visit our Flickr site.

TEDx-style presentation – Ecosystems and Health

In an hour-long session, four of our young professors presented their research on Ecosystems and Health.

Dean Anja Geitmann (left) moderated presentations by Professors Sébastien Faucher, Kyle Elliott, Valérie Gravel and Saji George.

Natural Resource Sciences professor Kyle Elliott shared his research on seabirds as indicators of the health of Arctic marine ecosystems. You can read more about Kyle’s work in the 2017 Summer edition of Focus on Macdonald.

Also from Natural Resource Sciences, Sébastien Faucher gave us an understanding of the microbial ecosystems at the root of Legionnaires’ disease. Sébastien is conducting research on the genetic factors that allow the infectious microbes to survive in certain environments for considerable lengths of time without a food source.

Plant Science professor Valérie Gravel (pictured at left) introduced us to a sustainable horticultural production system that she is developing, by applying ecological concepts and principles to the design and management of sustainable agro-ecosystems that respond to environmental, production and consumer needs.

A relative newcomer to Macdonald, Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry professor Saji George talked about his work in the burgeoning field of nanotechnology. His aim is to develop simple, economical and environmentally sustainable nanoparticles and nanomaterials designed to address and eliminate disease risks in food production, food processing, and food storage. At present, the research team is developing an injectable fish nano-vaccine for farm-raised Asian seabass. Due to intensive farming practices, 90-95% of this species is lost to bacterial infections such as tenacibaculum maritium (causal agent of tenacibaculosis, a disease with worldwide distribution).

 

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