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  Apr. 23, 2014           News Release

Faculty of ALES names Dr. Stan Blade as new dean starting August 1

"On behalf of the Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions Board of Directors I would like to congratulate our CEO, Dr. Stan Blade, on his appointment by the University of Alberta as the next Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, effective August 1, 2014," said Art Froehlich, Board Chair of Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions. "We greatly appreciate the leadership that Stan has provided. Stan will continue to lead Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions until July 31, 2014 during which time the Board will ensure that there is a seamless transition in the leadership of our organization." 



  Apr. 08, 2014           News Release

Research collaboration provides opportunity for promoting greenhouse gas reduction in Alberta

EDMONTON, April 8, 2014 /CNW/ - The Alberta Research and Extension Council of Alberta (ARECA) and the Canadian Fertilizer Institute (CFI) have signed a 4R Nutrient Stewardship Memorandum of Understanding. The goal of the agreement is to link ARECA's objectives for economic and environmental performance through research, knowledge and capacity building and extension activities with the 4R Nutrient Stewardship programming developed by Canada's fertilizer industry...This project is funded through the Biological GHG Management Program, administered by Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (AIBIO) with funding from the Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation.



  Apr. 08, 2014           News Release

Lakeland College Student Managed Farm Adopts 4R Nutrient Stewardship

EDMONTON, April 8, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Fertilizer Institute (CFI) and Lakeland College are pleased to announce a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at incorporating the 4R Nutrient Stewardship program into Lakeland curriculum...This project is funded through the Biological GHG Management Program, administered by Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (AIBIO) with funding from the Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation.



  Apr. 08, 2014           News Release

Fertilizer industry and energy company promote greenhouse gas emissions reduction and agricultural sustainability for Farming 4R Land

EDMONTON, April 8, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Fertilizer Institute (CFI) and Capital Power Corporation are pleased to announce a Memorandum of Understanding to work together with Canadian agronomy firm Farmers Edge and Alberta's agricultural producers. The group will develop a pilot program to generate offsets utilizing the Nitrous Oxide Emissions Reduction Protocol (NERP) approved for use in the Alberta Offset System...This project is funded through the Biological GHG Management Program, administered by Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (AIBIO) with funding from the Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation.



  Apr. 07, 2014           News Flash

Alberta Innovates Food Innovation Plan released

Developed by Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions, the Alberta Innovates Food Innovation Plan 2014-17 is a guide to focus Alberta Innovates future food and beverage research and innovation investments.



  Apr. 04, 2014           News Release

CLIMATE CHANGE AND EMISSIONS MANAGEMENT CORPORATION SUPPORTED STUDY INDICATES ALBERTA GRAIN FARMERS CAN SEE INCREASED REVENUES WITH BEST FERTILIZER PRACTICES

CALGARY - A recent study shows that following best practices in fertilizer use under the Nitrous Oxide Emissions Reduction Protocol (NERP), can increase yields and increase returns for Alberta grain farmers by as much as $87 per acre. The study, produced by the George Morris Centre, is part of the Canadian Fertilizer Institute (CFI) Farming 4R Land program. The program is managed by CFI in partnership with Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions with funding from the Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation. Read the report here.



  Mar. 24, 2014           News Flash

Congratulations to winners of Mission Impulseible, a student food development competition

Postsecondary student teams from across Alberta were invited to develop a wholesome and delicious snack food for kids using Canadian pulses and to promote how the product provides nutritious solution(s) to consumers and industry. In total, six teams submitted entries with two teams from the University of Alberta and four teams from NAIT. AI Bio provided funding and judging support.

First place went to a U of A team's  "Pulse Pops" made with chickpeas, black beans, peanut butter and chocolate. See Pulse Pops video here and photo here.

Second place went to a NAIT team's "Besan Bites" made with chickpea flour.  See Besan Bites video here and photo here.  

Third place went to a U of A team's "Chocofruitter Cookie" made with chickpea flour.  See Chocofruitter Cookie video here and photo here.

See more award event photos here.



  Mar. 20, 2014           News Release

DuPont Pioneer Receives $1 Million Grant to Advance Economically Important Crops in Alberta

RED DEER, Alberta, March 20, 2014 - Alberta Innovates - Bio Solutions and Alberta Crop Industry Development Fund Ltd. support early maturity corn research. DuPont Pioneer received a combined total grant of $1 million from two Alberta innovation support organizations for the development of shorter season corn hybrids and expansion of corn cultivation in Alberta. Alberta Innovates - Bio Solutions (AI-Bio) and the Alberta Crop Industry Development Fund Ltd. (ACIDF) will each invest $500,000 over a five-year period. AI-Bio and ACIDF Ltd. strive to fund investments that will deliver economic, environmental and social benefits to farmers across Alberta.

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  Mar. 03, 2014           Info Bulletin

The potential for Energy Efficiency Improvements and Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions in Small & Medium Forestry Enterprises in Alberta

This study identifies energy efficiency opportunities in the forestry sector as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce the load on the province's energy grid, and reduce energy costs.

Working with the Western Centre for Economic Research (WCER), at the University of Alberta, AI-EES commissioned a survey of small and lumber mills across Alberta to:

  • Determining the potential for energy efficiency and GHG reduction opportunities in these mills
  • Identifying initial steps for exploring energy conservation measures for lumber mills
  • Providing recommendations on developing a broader energy management program targeting the Alberta forestry sector. 

This project reflects AI-EES' commitment to helping Alberta become a global leader in energy sustainability and ensure Alberta has the best environmental technologies for a sustainable economy.

 



  Dec. 03, 2013           News Release

NR Farming 4R Land Phase 2
Farming 4R Land Phase II supports implementation of Alberta's Nitrous Oxide Emission Reduction Protocol (NERP), which enables farmers to qualify for carbon offsets within the Alberta offset protocol system.


  Nov. 22, 2013           Info Bulletin

Alberta’s Oil Sands: Challenges and Opportunities

Italian magazine, Impiantistica Italiana, discusses how new technologies could expedite access to Alberta's currently unexploited reserve of more than 1.7 trillion barrels of oil. The technical challenges of the oil sands represent a tremendous opportunity for innovators, who could reap enormous returns for new discoveries and practices.



  Nov. 22, 2013           News Release

U of A spin-off company game changer for renewable fuels industry

A University of Alberta spinoff company commercializing technology developed by a Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences researcher is introducing the next-generation of renewable fuels. Almost 10 years in the making, Forge Hydrocarbons is commercializing a patented conversion process developed by David Bressler that takes agricultural feed stocks like animal fat, such as beef tallow, crop seed oil and even restaurant grease, and converts them into 'drop in' fuels.

[David Bressler is Executive Director of the Biorefining Conversions Network, which is supported by AI Bio.]
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  Nov. 20, 2013           News Release

$4 million in funding announced for UAlberta biodiversity conservation chair program

The University of Alberta Biodiversity Conservation Chairs program received $4 million in funding to create two chairs that will focus on biodiversity challenges related to the energy sector, it announced today.

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  Oct. 28, 2013           News Release

Public Lectures Featuring Jay Ingram

The Alberta Prion Research Institute is partnering with the University of Alberta, University of Calgary and Keyano College to host public lectures featuring Jay Ingram, former host of Daily Planet and Quirks and Quarks. Mr. Ingram will be joined by Stefanie Czub, Adjunct Professor, University of Calgary, and Research Manager, Canadian Food Inspection Agency; Hermann Schätzl, Professor, University of Calgary; Valerie Sim, Assistant Professor, University of Alberta; and Holger Wille, Associate Professor, University of Alberta.

For more information head to http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/-1845038.htm



  Sep. 19, 2013           News Release

Food innovation offers major benefits to health and agriculture

CALGARY…Conference speakers share discoveries that change the way we think about food. Researchers are making exciting discoveries leading to new ideas about the connection between food and health. Two speakers at the Agricultural Biotechnology International Conference (ABIC) 2013 held September 15 to 18, 2013 in Calgary illustrated how investment in food innovation could have major benefits in terms of human health, and what that might mean for the agriculture sector. 



  Sep. 18, 2013           News Release

Innovation the secret to future gains in forestry, agriculture and energy

CALGARY…Conference speakers discuss challenges and need for new solutions, Integration between Alberta's energy sector and its agriculture and forestry industries could have major economic benefits for all parties while improving environmental sustainability, but who needs to integrate and how is changing. That was one of the messages delivered on Tuesday, September 17, at the 2013 Agricultural Biotechnology International Conference, and it's a challenge those that support innovation and the province's bioeconomy are more than willing to accept.



  Jul. 15, 2013           News Release

Funding Awarded to Detect E.Coli in Food Processing Facilities

Calgary...Genome Alberta is pleased to announce on behalf of our funding partners the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency, Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions, Genome Canada, Genome Quebec, and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the Ministry of Rural Affairs, the results of our collective funding competition for the rapid detection of pathogenic E.coli. Each of the two successful applications will receive $500,000 in new funding. The successful projects will leverage this investment with additional funding to bring the total investment to $1.6 million over the 18 month life of the projects.



  Jun. 27, 2013           News Release

Government of Canada and partners fund new genomics research project to eliminate Listeria from food supply

OTTAWA - June 27, 2013 - Genome Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), and Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions have partnered to support a $1.4 million project that will help protect consumers from Listeriosis, a serious foodborne illness caused by Listeria bacteria. View photos. Listen to Genome Alberta's audio interview with Dr. Chui here.



  Jun. 18, 2013           News Release

Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions awards $1.3 million for six bioindustrial research projects

EDMONTON...Projects to support green building products, bioplastic and biochar. Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions is funding six new bioindustrial projects through its Bioindustrial Research and Innovation Program 2012-13. This targeted program aims to stimulate development of new bioindustrial products and processes from biomass and may lead to new business opportunities for the forest and agricultural sectors in Alberta and Canada.



  Jun. 17, 2013           News Release

$4.4 M investment in energy and environmental engineering research at University of Alberta

Edmonton-A new national research program established today at the University of Alberta Faculty of Engineering strengthens the ability of industry and government to make evidence-based decisions about energy pathways and resources while finding ways to conserve water and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Amit Kumar, a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering has been appointed as the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada / Cenovus / Alberta Innovates Associate Industrial Research Chair in Energy and Environmental Systems Engineering and is the inaugural chairholder of the Cenovus Energy Endowed Chair in Environmental Engineering. View photos.



  Jun. 17, 2013           News Release

NRC construction researcher receives grant funding from Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions

MONTREAL...Building code certification is next step for structural insulated panels. Dr. Jon Makar from the Ottawa-based National Research Council and his research team have been awarded $180,000 in grant funding from the Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions' Bioindustrial Research and Innovation program for research on a new green building product.



  Jun. 03, 2013           News Release

Researchers explore use of forestry, agriculture byproducts to help cut oil sands greenhouse gasses

University of Calgary scientists are investigating how "Alberta-grown" biomass - such as straw and wood left over from agricultural and forestry operations - could be used to clean up chemical contaminants in water from oil sands operations...This research project received $57,500 from the Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC) through the Biological Greenhouse Gas Management Program. The program is managed on behalf of CCEMC by Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions.



  May. 31, 2013           News Release

Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCCEMC) Corporation and Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions

EDMONTON - Projects support biofiltration, biocarbon and farmers implementing greenhouse gas offsets. The Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation is funding three new
initiatives through its Biological Greenhouse Gas Management Program. The program is managed on behalf of CCEMC by Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions.



  May. 14, 2013           News Release

New study looks at the life cycle of biofuels in Alberta

AI-EES and the Alberta Department of Energy have completed a joint study that provides an analysis of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, other air pollutants and the energy implications of six Alberta-specific biofuel pathways.



  Apr. 30, 2013           News Release

Alberta Innovates – Energy and Environment Solutions invests $10M in water research

Alberta Innovates - Energy and Environment Solutions (AI-EES) is pleased to announce the selection of 18 research projects in support of safe, secure drinking water; healthy aquatic ecosystems; and reliable, quality water supplies for a sustainable economy.The projects selected for the Water Resource Sustainability Program will receive up to $1.5M each to a total investment of $10M in support of the Government of Alberta's "Water for Life" strategy.



  Mar. 11, 2013           News Release

Discovery may explain how prion diseases spread between different types of animals

Edmonton...Medical researchers at the University of Alberta have made a discovery that may explain how prion diseases, like chronic wasting disease and mad cow disease, adapt in order to spread between various types of animals. ...funded by Alberta Innovates Health Solutions, PrioNet Canada, and the Alberta Prion Research Institute, a program of Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions.



  Feb. 21, 2013           News Release

Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation launches $35 million international challenge to find useful applications for carbon

EDMONTON -Alberta's first Grand Challenge seeks to move carbon from liability to asset. The Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation is seeking innovative ideas from around the world for a $35 million open innovation challenge that will create new, carbon-based products and markets. The grand challenge is the first ever initiated by an organization in Alberta, Canada. It is expected to identify multiple technologies that could provide significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by transforming carbon from a liability into an asset. The CCEMC Grand Challenge: Innovative Carbon Uses, draws on a broad network of supporters that includes ... Alberta Innovates -- Energy and Environment Solutions, Alberta Innovates - Bio Solutions and Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures.



  Feb. 08, 2013           News Flash

Join the Conversation

Alberta's water belongs to all Albertans. How it's managed for the future is vitally important to us all.
Albertans are being engaged in a province-wide conversation to guide future government direction in at least 4 key water resource areas: healthy lakes, hydraulic fracturing and water, drinking water and wastewater, and water management.
AI-EES manages an 18 million dollar water resources research program, with a focus to invest in knowledge and technology to support Alberta's water strategy. Our staff will be participating in many of the stakeholder sessions for the water conversations and will use the insite gained to help guide our investments in specific innovations to support the provincial strategy.



  Feb. 07, 2013           News Release

Skin stem cells hold promise for burn patients

Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions researchers at the University of Calgary are investigating new and novel ways to improve wound healing for burn survivors. Jeff Biernaskie, PhD, and Vincent Gabriel, MD, are among the first recipients of the Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions (AIHS) Collaborative Research and Innovation Opportunities (CRIO) Project funding.



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