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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 28, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta ThufKloy, Oclob.r J8, 1971 THE UTHBRIDGE HERALD 19 AI research station Dr. Ruby Larson V is cytogeneticist By HIC SWIHART Staff Writer Monosomic, disomic, nulliso- mic, chromosomes and cross- overs are all terms included in the vocabulary of a cytogeneti- cist and in the person of Dr. Ruby I. Larson at the Lelb- bridge Research Station, they become music to the ear. Dr. Larson, who received her BSc in 1942, honors in genetics in 1043 and MSc in 1945 started work at the Swift Current Ex- perimental Farm in 1945. She transferred to Lethhridgc in 1949. and after receiving her doctorate from the University of Missouri in 1952 continued j research on spriiiK wheat vari- eties that actually started in! 1948. The work of original interest to Dr. Larson was the inheri-: tance of sawflv resistance in different varieties of wheat' grown on the Prairies. She said her work is not completely finished but there j are only subtle things left to iron out. i The work involves making new lines of wheat, starting from different varieties, by us- j ing breeding techniques which transfer chromosomes from one variety to another. The chromosomes contain the variety's characteristic-produc-! ing genes and by substitution! of genes which will improve a j variety, the wheat will then' become more suited to the' area it is grown in. j Dr. Larson counts the chrom- osomes in eaeh wheat variety by use of a microscope, and by studying their interactions she can discover what genes are on what chromosomes. By isolating the chromosome which has the hindering char- acteristic, she can remove it and replace it with a chromo- some from another variety which will improve the over all characteristic of the wheat var- iety. The result is a different strain of the variety. The real problem now is com- bining root rot resistance with sawfly resistance while retain- ing high yields and good qual- ity. This type of work takes time because with constant cross- breeding to come up with the ideal new strain the research scientist must do work for 18 generations, or about seven years, for each test section. Dr. Larson said Canada is well-advanced in the applica- tion of this kind of wheat gene tics research. Papers can be written on small discoveries, but a final paper on the results may have, to wait many years, she said. She said the usual emphasis is on short-term research with immediate results. "We can't say this of the Can- ada department of agriculture, because it has been good about long-term she said "This is one of the reasons Canada is well advanced in this area." A big part of the research in Ijethbridge is co-operative work t being done ,on three facets of the root rot problem, as in the case of most other research. Dr. Larson said she is work- ling closely with John Neal, a soil microbiologist and Tom At- kinson, a plant pathologist spe- cializing in diseases. "By working together we can accomplish many more things than we could each working she said. With 130 different crossover! lines being tested at Leth-j bridge, farms can look soon lo I wheat varieties which will strengthen the agricultural in- dustry of Canada. New city staff members are introduced lo city council DR. RUBY LARSON Eatons sets up financial centres A UGHTGRAPEWINEWITH TROPICAL FRUIT FLAVOURS Financial centres set up to merchandise insurance and mu- tual funds have been establish- ed in eight centres across Can- ada including Lethbridge, by Eaton Financial Services. Incorporated into the design of stores owned by Tire T. Eaton Company Canada Limit- ed, Eaton Financial Services are the first financial centres to be established in a depart- ment store in Canada. Arthur Weaver, president of Eaton Financial Services, said the idea is basically the same as the idea behind every Eaton wide variety of quality items under one roof. "It is anticipated that the convenience the centres offer and their unstuffy atmosphere will Ije attractive to many cus- tomers who have not before taken advantage of money management he said. The company plans lo add lo the centres until about 53 of- fices will be located across Canada. The centres will be staffed by specially trained Eaton Finan- cial Services personnel who are licensed to handle bolh life in- surance and mutual funds. Incorporated with the Ealon Financial Services will be Ihe Eaton Viking Fund, a mutual fund with shares on sale across Canada both through the new j centres and through newspaper advertising. The company is undertaking j an extensive mailing to Eaton account customers acrcss Can- ada. The fund now features three separate plans: voluntary in- veslment. registered retire- ment saving plan, and a sys- tematic withdrawal plan. Mr. Weaver said the fund will concentrate on quality Ca- nadian stocks from companies which have established earn- ings and dividend records. Until an office is established in Lethbridge, people can con- tact the Calgary office by phone or letter. The centres rn operation are Vancouver, Burn- aby, Edmonton, Calgary, Ham- ilton, Montreal and two in To- ronto. College offers training for apprenticeship students All members of city council were present Monday night as; City Manager Tom Nutting m-j troduced seven new members of the city staff. Hecently hired were: Temple, works engi- neer for the department of pub- lic works; i Tobin, preventive social services director who succeeded Bill Kergan, retired i and now an alderman; I Bartlelt, community services director, a new posi- tion; Quinn, internal audi- tor and assistant to the city manager; Cameron, develop- ment officer; -Peter Bowkctt, traffic and development supervisor; Reilly, process chem- ist for the secondary sewage treatment plant. After the introductions, coun- cil proceeded with its agenda but got not much further than a public hearing on the trans- portation bylaw. A resolution from the Leth- brdge and District Dental So- ciety urging council to assume the leadership in moving to- wards fluoridating the public water was heard. Council look- no action. By the time the public hear- ing on the transportation bylaw had been completed and (hi! Scenic Drive and fith Ave S. intersection presented, the limn was 11 p.m. According to lin- procedural bylaw for c i I y council, the meetings shall net extend past that time U'iUiout a resolution to that effect. Conn cil preferred not to extend th" meeting. Council will meet again Nov. Ok Let's get down to Fact is we're the largest, most experienced snowmobile manufacturer in the world. Here's why! Designed exclusively for each model of Ski-Doo snowmobile and winter proven to start even at forty below zero. Aluminium alloy cylinders, aluminium pistons, shrouded axial fan (two cylinder engines) and cooling fins get rid of heat fast to keep It running cool. The power to weight ratio is just right. Even the position of the driver has been taken into account. Enough weigh! on the track to give you sure thrust traction and enough weight on the front for carving tighter turns. BUILT: The keynote to each Ski-Doo snowmobile is quality. Each one is checked on the drawing board, test run in the factory and checked oui by your dealer to insure !he best possible performance for each particular model. CHOICE: The economical, full-sized model at the fun-loving, sporty Olympiques. the zappy. trailbusters...and. ihe swinger's choice, Ihe luxury laden machines. Plus Blizzard', seven giea! series moreihan 24 models. SERVICE: Our special factory apowfld service schools assure you quality maintenance. Youi Ski-Doo dealer, one of moi 9 than 2.400 across North America, also offers yon a. dependable warranty, tha most complete stock oi genuine Ski-Doo parts, accessories and winter fashions. Those are jusl a few of the FACTS. If you want ALL the Facts, go to your Ski-Doo dealer and pick up our 22 page Facts book. Today's young people have a difficult time selecting a ca- reer, sociologists say. The Lethbridge Community j College offers two pre-appren-' ticeship type courses to assist; young men in deciding wheth-' er careers as electricians or welders are suitable for them. Both courses are short terra, j six and eight-week courses costing about each plus text books. The courses are designed for a two-fold purpose: to allow prospective welders and elec- tricians an educational but short preview, and to enable interested farmers in gaining insight into the fields, said Fin McPherson. LCC director of lechnical and vocational educa- tion. In addition, the courses may also assist students who otter- wise could not get employment the field, an opportunity to do so. Employers are impressed by people who take the initiative to learn and investigate on their own, he said. However, Mr. McPherson warned, any job depends on the demand for that particular trade at any given time. But the job situation for skill- ed tradesmen is usually con- stant and good. When you took at all the facts...- m _ skidoo72t hai more going for you. Bert Mac's Cycle Ltd. 913 3rd Avt. i. Phone 327-3221 LETHBRIDGE, Motor Co. Ltd. RAYMOND, ALTA. PHONE Supply Ltd. BOX 15B, WARNER, Supply Ltd. CLARESHOLM, ALTA. PHONE 235.3711 Ranchers' Supply Ltd. PINCHER CREEK, ALTA. PHONE WILL FIND THE BEST BRANDS ADVERTISED IN THE LETHBRIDGE RIGHT NOW IS THE TIME TO BUY YOUR TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE ffie Model Want From Our Still several and a 1971 Sales leader if ON LOW MILEAGE to choose from including a 1971 Caprice Impala with air conditioning. See a Beny on one of these! Before you buy check at Benys... or you may pay too much... See one of the Beny Boys now and make your move up to one of these great value leaders from General Motors. Putting you FIRST keeps us FIRST -BEL AIR -IMPALA -CAPRICE -MONTE CARLO -CHEVY TRUCKS CHEVELLE NOVA CUTLASS VEGA SHOWROOM 2nd Ave. and 8lh Si S. Phone 327-3147 OK SUPERMARKET CAR LOT Phone 327-31-18 MOTORS INSURANCE CORPORATION, ;