Manitoba Grain Innovation Hub

Manitoba Grain Innovation Hub
 
 

Funded Projects

 
GRAIN PRODUCTION
 
Focus Area
Project
Resilience to weather
·         The Manitoba Corn Development Project to expand total corn acreage by expanding production to new parts of the province and develop corn that better meets the needs of end users.
 
·         Corn agronomy research to promote production and diversification through the Manitoba Corn Growers Association.
 
·         Upgrading the grain quality research equipment at the University of Manitoba (Wheat Midge Colony Plant Growth Rooms, Quadrumat Senior Mill, Leco TruMac CNS Macro Determinator) to enhance the research capability and improve production, processing and value-added uses for cereals, oilseeds and pulses through research and technology transfer.
Risks from pests
·         The Manitoba Corn Development Project to expand total corn acreage by expanding production to new parts of the province and develop corn that better meets the needs of end users.
 
·         Corn agronomy research to promote production and diversification through the Manitoba Corn Growers Association.
 
·         Upgrading the grain quality research equipment at the University of Manitoba (Wheat Midge Colony Plant Growth Rooms, Quadrumat Senior Mill, Leco TruMac CNS Macro Determinator) to enhance the research capability and improve production, processing and value-added uses for cereals, oilseeds and pulses through research and technology transfer.
Technologies used in production, storage and transportation of grains
·         A global wheat and durum market assessment to review current markets and the potential to expand export markets through the Canadian International Grains Institute and Cereals Canada.

 

GRAIN PROCESSING
 
Focus Area
Project
Food products and health
·         The purchase of a state-of-the-art spectrometer for the Canadian Centre for Agri-Food Research in Health and Medicine.
 
·         Validating the Foods for Health portfolio of functional food products (e.g., flax, oats, pinto beans, Saskatoon berries) as a natural alternative to statin therapy.
 
·         Evaluating the effect of dietary flaxseed on patients with high blood pressure, possibly reducing the need for traditional anti-hypertensive medicine.
 
·         Breeding buckwheat varieties with novel characteristics and health benefits for use in developing food products or supplements to help manage blood sugar levels and possibly prevent or treat certain diseases.
 
·         The purchase of new specialized equipment to boost the Canadian International Grains Institute’s ability to deliver high-quality food products to the marketplace, which will allow Canadian farmers and companies to diversify, grow and prosper to maintain a strong economy.
 
·         The purchase of an artificial in vitro gastrological tract for the University of Manitoba that simulates the stomach as well as the small intestine of a human or animal.  This equipment should allow the University of Manitoba to become a central hub for dietary and digestive research allowing for more efficient and repeatable research for absorption and digestion of foods, including functional foods.
 
·         Manitoba Functional Feeds Project (FunFeed) will exploit opportunities for Manitoba grown and processed feed ingredients to enhance the health and productivity of livestock and companion animals over and above that which is possible through meeting nutrient requirements alone; and develop functional foods of animal origin, including meat, eggs and milk enhanced with one or more nutrients or bioactives of interest to the end user.
Animal and industrial feed
·         Manitoba Functional Feeds Project (FunFeed) will exploit opportunities for Manitoba grown and processed feed ingredients to enhance the health and productivity of livestock and companion animals over and above that which is possible through meeting nutrient requirements alone; and develop functional foods of animal origin, including meat, eggs and milk enhanced with one or more nutrients or bioactives of interest to the end user.
Technologies used in processing of grains
·         The purchase of new specialized equipment to boost the Canadian International Grains Institute’s ability to deliver high-quality food products to the marketplace, which will allow Canadian farmers and companies to diversify, grow and prosper to maintain a strong economy.