Aimé J. Messiga, Ph.D.

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Research Scientist

Nutrients and Soil Management

Current research and/or projects

My research program focusses on soil and nutrient management. My current projects aim at improving our understanding of nutrient cycling and dynamics, particularly phosphorus, in field crops and berry production systems. More specifically, I collaborate with colleagues across Canada and local industry to improve starter fertilizer P recommendations in silage corn systems and to adapt a simple agri-environmental indicator of the risk of P transfer from fields to water sources for soils of British Columbia.


Research and/or project statements

  • Role of legacy P in Agriculture
  • Refining starter fertilizer P recommendations for silage corn in British Columbia
  • Interaction between bioactivators and low starter fertilizer P blend on soil P availability and desorption kinetics
  • Adaptation of a simple agri-environmental P saturation index for soils in British Columbia
  • Development of high performing growing media through partial substitution of conventional growing media with biochar and vermicompost
  • Improving soil health through alley cover crop management in raspberry planting
  • Understanding the role of acidifying nitrogen fertilizers on yields and soil chemical properties in blueberry planting

Professional activities / interests

  • Chair: AAFC SCience Ethics Committee - SEC - (January 2020 - December 2020)
  • Co-Chair: AAFC Human Research Ethics Committee - HREC - (January 2020 - December 2020)
  • Member: AAFC Science Ethics Committee - SEC - (Since 2017)
  • Associate Editor: Canadian Journal of Soil Science
  • Reviewer: Canadian Journal of Soil Science, Soil Use Management, Soil Science Society of America Journal, Geoderma, Geoderma Regional, Scientia Horticulturae, Soil Biology and Biochemistry, PLOSONE...


Education and awards


  • Ph.D., soils and environment, Laval University      
  • MSc, Soil science, Ghent University
  • Ingénieur Agronome, Productions végétales, FASA, Université de Dschang                


2017 Outstanding Associate Editor (Canadian Journal of Soil Science)


International experience and/or work

Collaboration with China Agricultural University on issues related to biochar interactions with soil phosphorus. Past collaborations with France, Switzerland, Finland on topics related to soil phosphorus cycling and dynamics.

Key publications

  1. Charitha Jayasinghege, Carine Bineng and Aime Messiga, North American Blueberry Research and Extension Workers Conference, 2022

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  2. Nyamaizi et al 2022. Effect of increasing soil pH to near-neutral on phosphorus saturation index and water extractable phosphorus. CSSS-ASSW 2022. May 23-27, 2022. Edmonton, Soil Science for Sustainable Development

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  3. Rupngam et al. 2022. The effect of waterlogging on phosphorus solubility caused by redox reaction in wetland soil of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia. CSSS-ASSW 2022, Soil Science for Sustainable Development May 23-27, 2022. Edmonton

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  4. Jefferies, L., McNamee, J., Messiga, A.J. 2021. Increased yield of select crops in response to novel cellulose-based micronutrient fertilizers. ASA, CSA, SSSA, Salt Lake City, UT. November 7-10, 2021

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  5. Messiga, A.J. 2021. Bioactivators and availability of legacy soil P early in the growing season in South Coastal BC. Final Report prepared for the Collaborative Framework project (Project ID: J-002377). Terralink Inc., Penergetic Canada. 37p.

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  6. Hunt, D., Messiga, A.J., Bittman, S. 2021. Nitrous Oxide Emission from Blueberry Production with Precision Nutrient Management: Towards an Emission Factor. BC Berries Research Review for the BC Blueberry Council (BCBC), Raspberry Industry Development Council (RIDC), and BC Strawberry Grower’s Association (BCSGA). October 21st and 22nd, 2021.

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  7. Bittman, S., Hunt, D., Messiga, A. 2021. GHG emissions in the Fraser Valley, BC Part 2: Blueberry Production. BC Dairy workshop on adaptation research. Webinar. May 25, 2021

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  8. Messiga, A.J. 2021. Recent research updates on starter fertilizer phosphorus trials in silage corn in BC. BC Dairy workshop on adaptation research. Webinar. March 11, 2021

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  9. Forge, T., Ehret, D., Messiga, A., Dorais, M. (2021). Influences of nitrogen inputs on nematode populations under highbush blueberry. Journal of Nematology, [online] 52 1-14.

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  10. Messiga, A.J., Dyck, K., Ronda, K., van Baar, K., Haak, D., Yu, S., Dorais, M. (2020). Nutrients leaching in response to long-term fertigation and broadcast nitrogen in blueberry production. Plants, [online] 9(11), 1-21.

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  11. Messiga, A.J. 2019. Phosphorus Management in Dairy farms, Terralink Annual Corn Trials Field Day, August 28th 2019

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  12. Messiga, A.J., Bineng, C., Lam, C. 2019. Carryover effects of combined starter mineral P and manure P on silage corn yield. Terralink Corn Field Day, August 28, 2019

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  13. Thomas, B.W., Hunt, D., Bittman, S., Hannam, K.D., Messiga, A.J., Haak, D., Sharifi, M., Hao, X. (2019). Soil health indicators after 21 yr of no-tillage in South Coastal British Columbia. Canadian Journal of Soil Science, [online] 99(2), 222-225.

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  14. Cambouris, A.N., Messiga, A.J., Ziadi, N., Perron, I., Morel, C. (2017). Decimetric-scale two-dimensional distribution of soil phosphorus after 20 years of tillage management and maintenance phosphorus fertilization, 81(6), 1606-1614.

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  15. Biostimulants to improve blueberry NUE, productivity and berry post-harvest quality. BC Blueberry Research Council, 13 January, 2017

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  16. Messiga, A.J., Gallant, K.S., Sharifi, M., Hammermeister, A., Fuller, K., Tango, M., Fillmore, S. (2016). Grape yield and quality response to cover crops and amendments in a vineyard in Nova Scotia, Canada. American Journal of Enology and Viticulture, [online] 67(1), 77-85.

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  17. Hamdi, W., Messiga, A.J., Pelster, D.E., Ziadi, N., and Seffen, M. (2015). "Phosphorus isotherms sorption in semi arid soil.", International Research Journal of Engineering and Technology, 2(3), pp. 1995-2005.

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  18. Messiga, A.J., Sharifi, M., Hammermeister, A., Gallant, K., Fuller, K., Tango, M. (2015). Soil quality response to cover crops and amendments in a vineyard in Nova Scotia, Canada. Scientia Horticulturae, [online] 188 6-14.

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  19. Messiga, A.J., Ziadi, N., Mollier, A., Parent, L.E., Schneider, A., Morel, C. (2015). Process-based mass-balance modeling of soil phosphorus availability: Testing different scenarios in a long-term maize monoculture. Geoderma, [online] 243-244 41-49.

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  20. Shi, Y.C., Ziadi, N., Messiga, A.J., Lalande, R., Hu, Z.Y. (2015). Soil Phosphorus Fractions Change in Winter in a Corn-Soybean Rotation with Tillage and Phosphorus Fertilization. Pedosphere, [online] 25(1), 1-11.

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Research facility

6947 Highway 7
PO Box 1000
Agassiz, BC V0M 1A2


  • Professeur associé: Université Laval, Département des sols et de génie agroalimentaire - (Since September 2020
  • Adjunct professor: Univeristy of British Columbia (UBC), Faculty of Land and Food Systems - (Since January 2021
  • Member: Canadian Society of Soil Science
  • Menber: Soil Science Society of America