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Thompson Rivers University | Agroalimentaire et agriculture

Key facilities

Advanced Chemical Analytical Laboratory
is equipped with NMR, HPLC, GC, Mass spectrometer, and Capillary Electrophoresis.

TRU Research Greenhouse facilitates research that explores environmental sustainability, ecosystem reclamation, and research related to soil amendments, biodiversity and climate change.

Major collaborations

Development of an industrial-scale ash residual amendment and application methodology and analysis of its environmental impact on agricultural soils, funded by an NSERC Collaborative Research and Development Grant. This project will amend fly ash produced by an industrial partner, applying it as fertilizer to a large plot of agricultural land, while later assessing soil and crop health.

Cannabis Bio-Products Toolbox, funded through a Mitacs Research Grant, explores the vast range of bio-products that can be made from cannabis, including pharmaceuticals, nutritional products and industrial fibers.

Precision Management of Rangeland Systems for a Sustainable Future, funded by Canadian Foundation for Innovation and corporate matching funds, explores how environmental sensing systems can support the use of rangeland resources while enhancing biodiversity and optimizing carbon sequestration.

Researchers

  • Dr. John Church, Associate Professor and BC Regional Innovation Chair in Cattle Industry Sustainability, Faculty of Science, leads a multi-disciplinary team on the exploration of innovative practices and technologies to enhance the cattle industry, rangelands, and meat production.
  • Dr. Kingsley Donkor, Professor, Chemistry, Faculty of Science, develops analytical methods in capillary electrophoresis and chromatography, and applies these methods to study real-world problems in industry.
  • Dr. Bruno Cinel, Associate Professor, Chemistry, Faculty of Science, uses Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy to develop chemical fingerprints of the varieties of engineered cannabis.
  • Dr. David Hill, Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts, focuses on real-time environmental observation, forecasting and decision-support for adaptive management of environmental systems.
  • Dr. Courtney Mason, Canada Research Chair in Rural Livelihoods and Sustainable Communities, Faculty of Tourism, works with Indigenous communities to enhance local food security and tourism.

Special programs and work integrated learning initiatives

Thompson Rivers University’s Research-Informed Learning programs, offered through the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, and Co-operative and Experiential Learning programs, offered through TRU’s Department of Career and Experiential Learning, assist students in finding research placements, internships, and co-operative learning opportunities with university partners, locally, regionally, and abroad.

Partners

  • Kingsclere Ranch Ltd. and KRL Solutions Ltd.
  • Louisiana-Pacific Canada Ltd.
  • Spectra Research Corporation
  • San Jose Cattle Co.

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