Perspectives Newsletter Winter 2024
Vol. 46, no. 3 / Posted on June 20, 2024

Dear Colleagues and Guests,

The Local Organizing Committee is pleased to announce a rich program with 125 oral presentations and 40 posters, several keynote speakers, plenary sessions, a technical tour, and a workshop. So far, more than 200 persons registered to the Conference. 

You have until June 30 to register online at regular rate.

Important Dates


CSBE Annual General Meeting



The Watershed Modeling Research Team (led by Dr. Daggupati and Dr. Rudra) at the University of Guelph is engaged in various projects funded by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MOECP), the Ontario Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), the National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and other regional, provincial, and federal agencies. For example, they have recently initiated a project with the Niagara Conservation Authority to simulate current and future climate change effects on water quality and quality. Over the past 4 months, they have published 6 journal articles and presented 8 scholarly podium/poster presentations.

Dr. Guneet Kaur at University of Guelph was awarded an OMAFRA Alliance grant in May 2024 to develop carbon-neutral packaging biomaterials based on fungal mycelium using agri-food resources. This project aims to advance technology supporting policies for single-use plastic alternatives, leveraging local bioresources, promoting a circular economy, and enhancing environmental sustainability, while tapping into the $161.45M mycelium packaging market. Additionally, Dr. Kaur's team was invited to contribute to Frontiers in Chemistry, discussing advances in bio-based surfactants derived from agri-food feedstock, highlighting their economic viability and performance in sustainable agriculture, nutrient recovery, wastewater treatment, and the home and personal care industry.

Dr. Lubitz research group at University of Guelph has successfully completed initial field studies on a full-scale prototype grain dryer that uses air source heat pumps instead of fossil-fuel burners, showing promising energy use and drying performance consistent with expectations. This milestone, crucial for decarbonizing Canadian grain drying, is funded by Grain Farmers Ontario in partnership with S&M Dineen Farms. Concurrently, their group have mapped air movement in large commercial greenhouses using three-dimensional sonic anemometers and a mobile tower designed by University of Guelph engineering students. These measurements will help develop and validate computational fluid dynamics models to optimize fan configurations, aiming to reduce energy use and improve air circulation. This greenhouse project is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).