Collin and co-authors Publish Article

Collin Jurrakko and his co-authors have published an article titled “Brachypodium Antifreeze Protein Gene Products Inhibit Ice Recrystallisation, Attenuate Ice Nucleation, and Reduce Immune Response”.
Illustration of proposed extracellular immune function of Brachypodium distachyon leucine-rich repeat domains from antifreeze proteins
Frost events are responsible for billions of dollars in crop damage and local economies worldwide annually with the frequency and severity increasing due to climate change largely due to ubiquitous ice-nucleating pathogens. We’ve demonstrated the capabilities of a unique antifreeze protein from the grass, Brachypodium distachyon, with dual anti-ice and anti-pathogenic activity in which gene products are able to bind and control the growth of ice crystals so to prevent ice-recrystallization damage to cells, attenuate pathogenic ice nucleation by docking on ice-nucleating proteins, and dampen the energy costly host immune response so as to maintain yields.

Yael holds a newt captured at the ELA.

Yael awarded OGS

Congratulations to Yael Lewis, new Master’s student, who was awarded the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) to support her M.Sc. research. As part of the pELAstic Project at IISD – Experimental Lakes Area, Yael has been investigating the effects of microplastic pollution on emerging insect and zooplankton communities in the littoral zone of a boreal lake.

Publication on Wood Frog Resilience to Bitumen

Congratulations to QE3 student alumni Sam Patterson on his paper “Resilience of larval wood frogs (Rana sylvatica) to hydrocarbons and other compounds released from naturally weathered diluted bitumen in a boreal lake” which has been accepted for publication in Aquatic Toxicology. This paper is from the BOREAL study at IISD-Experimental Lakes Area and represents the 2nd data chapter of Sam’s MES thesis, combined with an Honours thesis from Dan Denton (from the Hasler lab at U. Winnipeg).

Heather Vanderlip works in the laboratory at Queen's University.

Heather Vanderlip Defends Thesis

Congratulations to Heather Vanderlip, who recently defended her thesis titled, “Trends of halogenated flame retardants in herring gull eggs across Canada from 2008–2019.” Using data from Environment and Climate Change Canada, Heather investigated trends of three halogenated flame retardants in herring gull eggs between 2008 and 2019. Despite international regulation on these chemicals, there was little evidence for changes in their concentrations in herring gull eggs during this period. This is likely due to the persistent nature of these chemicals and warrants future research to determine when changes in concentrations may be seen following international regulations.