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The Research Impact Case Study series is a compilation of stories that showcase how investments in the Alliance are being transformed into impacts that support a competitive and sustainable agri-food system in Ontario and across Canada. Readers can explore three different themes that demonstrate the long-term impact of research and knowledge mobilization activities in the agri-food and rural sectors. To view the "Innovation" case study the BDDC was featured in, click here. To view the other Research Impact Case studies, click here.   ...

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On December 15th, 2021 BDDC's Plant Agriculture PhD student Tara Allohverdi successfully completed her thesis defense titled, "Soil enhancement and effect of biochar on the plant growth: The case of soybean, Glycine max L."Her thesis discusses the use of a common “cash crop” in Ontario, biochar. She writes; "biochar production is a technology that traps atmospheric-carbon, made from food and industrial waste. When added to soils, it creates carbon sinks. Biochar endures in soils and helps mitigate climate change. Biochar can be derived from sources like agricultural waste, forest by-products, and industrial/ municipal waste".   ...

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On December 14th, 2021, BDDC's Engineering PhD student Mateo Gonzalez de Gortari successfully completed his thesis defense titled "Improving the role of polyphthalamide (PPA) in transport applications by increasing its sustainability and mechanical properties through the use of a sustainable polyamide (PA410) and renewable biocarbon". His thesis discusses; "As the impact of climate change becomes more and more apparent, each economic sector must seek to modify its processes, in order to reduce their respective greenhouse has emissions. The transport sector is no exception, especially considering the high percentage of CO2 emitted after burning fossil fuels during the operation of vehicles equipped with internal combustion engines. Among the many possible actions, is the ongoing replacement of metal parts with plastic ones, in both aesthetic and functional applications. Polyphthalamide (PPA), a high-performance engineering plastic used in very specific conditions, with a high melting point, good mechanical performance and chemical resistance towards many solvents and alcohols at room temperature, is one of the many plastics currently employed in such substitutions. However, results show that both biocarbon and PA410 afford a significant improvement in mechanical properties over neat PPA".   ...

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The Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) Scholarship program supports the development of highly skilled graduates at the University of Guelph who become future researchers, policy-makers, business leaders and innovators to meet the changing demands of the agri-food and rural sector. Peter Zytner, a BDDC graduate student, was announced as one of the 2021/22 HQP Scholars. He quoted, "One of the biggest things that drew me towards pursuing an engineering degree for my undergrad was the idea of using that knowledge to solve some of the world’s problems. As I worked my way through my degree, I noticed how serious the global plastic waste crisis has become and decided that would be a good problem to try to tackle!". Peter's research focuses on the development and design of biodegradable packaging for food applications, as well as the synthesis of compostable plastic from agricultural waste within a bioreactor. The goal of this work is to utilize waste streams from various agricultural sectors to maximize their value within the circular economy and reduce the environmental impact of single-use plastics by providing a sustainable option to fossil-fuel based plastic.Read more about the HQP scholar here.   ...

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The development of sustainable waste management strategies has become a major concern throughout the world. This conference focused on “recycling” and “recovery” of waste material while paving the way towards circular economy, land reclamation, water and wastewater treatments.    This conference offered a timely opportunity for knowledge exchange among professionals from all over the world to assist the formulation of an efficient sustainable management agenda. Professionals deliberated on state-of-the-art treatment technologies, advanced management strategies, and political issues pertaining to recycling and recovery of organic waste.Moreover, local and overseas experts from different sectors including academic researchers, industrial practitioners, green groups, and government departments gathered in this program to solicit scientific and technical inputs as well as political feedback, facilitating the development of integrated solutions. This conference took place on October 26-28, 2021. For more information about this conference follow this link.To see the list of speakers, including Prof. Mohanty, follow this link......

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The Canadian Greenhouse Conference is a not-for-profit corporation and Canada’s foremost event and connection point for commercial growers of crops produced in a controlled environment. The conference attracts growers from across North America, gathers experts from around the world and showcases innovative production techniques, research, products and technology. This virtual event will take place on October 6-7, 2021. To learn more about this conference, click here.   ...

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The Canadian Greenhouse Conference is a not-for-profit corporation and Canada’s foremost event and connection point for commercial growers of crops produced in a controlled environment. The conference attracts growers from across North America, gathers experts from around the world and showcases innovative production techniques, research, products and technology. This year's conference took place on October 6-7, 2021. Prof. Misra and Prof. Mohanty presented their research on "Sustainable Alternatives to Greenhouse Plastics" on October 6, 2021. To read the presentation abstract, click here. For more information on the CGC conference, click here.   ...

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Prof. Mohanty was invited to speak at the ARPU Sustainable Waste Management Global Lecture Series on October, 2021 (Date TBD). APRU Sustainable Waste Management Global Lecture Series is designed to provide a sound foundation in basic principles and unify research across ecology to conservation and environmental health to waste management with a focus on the sustainability and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG).This lecture series is part of the key activities of the APRU Sustainable Waste Management Program that will be held from March to December 2021. The aim is to provide insights of cutting-edge research to the network. Experts from diverse fields and studies will contribute to individual lectures that generate a broad overview of the subject area.For more information, click here.   ...

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