In early 1988 St.Francis Xavier University decided to set up an
industrially-oriented Laboratory to carry out research and development
for local Dairy companies on projects of interest to them but for
which either (a) they did not have the expertise to carry out, or
(b) they did not want to incur the expense of setting up specialized
facilities for one project.
In collaboration with members of the Nutrition Department, I designed the
proposal, with the University agreeing to
pay for the physical construction of the laboratory, the overheads and a
part of the salaries. The proposal was for support for two years with
partial support in the third year. At the suggestion of the then-President
of StFXU, Dr. G. MacKinnon, the proposal was submitted to the
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) in mid-1988.
In October 1988 they funded all that had been requested.
In 1992-1993 I negotiated an enhancement of this Laboratory with ACOA
in order to extend the Laboratories activities to work on Seafood Products.
This arose out of work done for the NS Department of Fisheries.
The Laboratory received substantial funds to purchase equipment
and hire a technician to work on developing spectroscopic techniques
to characterize seafood and product development with local seafood
The Laboratory is now involved in projects with the
Enterprise Development Centre StFXU (XEDC), the Extension Dept.
StFXU and the Private Sector which are intended to result in
improved socio-economic conditions in Northeastern Nova Scotia.
The Food Research Laboratory is also part of an Aquatic Resources
research proposal of StFXU
Since October 1995, Dr. A. Georgallas [Postdoctoral Fellow with me
1979-82 and, since 1995, Associate Professor in the Physics/Mathematics
Dept., Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Truro] and I have collaborated
on a program to model
Agricultural Systems. We are working on two projects involving
Experimental Studies and Computer Simulation of Foraging Animals.
Although much work has been done on foraging, the use of computer
simulation in modelling animal foraging appears to be
essentially non-existent. We have obtained results that
shows the development of phenomena in homogeneous landscapes, that were
thought, according to one member of the group, could only come about
through the presence of an
The modelling work is being done in
parallel with our analysis of experimental data taken at NSAC.
I am using powerful techniques, developed for studying the Physics
of Condensed Matter, to analyse these data.
All scripts, graphics, and pages contained
in this site are copyright 1998, Tamaris Research.