Agassiz Research and Development Centre

  • Cows
  • Fruit Basket
  • Forage
  • Vegetables

The Agassiz Research and Development Centre (Agassiz RDC) located in Agassiz, British Columbia was established in 1886 by the Government of Canada under The Experimental Farm Station Act. It is one of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's (AAFC) network of 20 research and development centres.

The Centre is associated with one satellite location:

  • Clearbrook sub-station in Abbotsford, BC

Areas of Research

Agassiz RDC is the lead centre in Canada for integrated research on peri-urban agriculture. Research focuses on developing intensive yet sustainable horticultural and forage management systems that are integrated within a peri-urban environment. The centre focuses its research activities in the following four broad strategic areas: soil health management, innovative crop production systems, integrated pest management and biodiversity enhancement.

Agassiz RDC is one of seven sites where field trials dealing with the testing of sustainable pest management tools and technologies are conducted for AAFC’s Minor Use Pesticide Program.

Search Research projects from the Agassiz Research and Development Centre to learn more about what we do.  

Sector Needs

The Agassiz RDC supports innovative research, development, technology and knowledge transfer activities related to the following AAFC Science Sector Strategies:

Meet our Scientists

Find out more about the scientists at Agassiz Research and Development Centre through their profiles below.

You can also visit the Fields of Science campaign featuring 11 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada scientists from coast to coast. Discover why they chose to pursue a career in agriculture and learn more about their research.

6947 Highway 7
PO Box 1000
Agassiz, BC V0M 1A2
Canada
(604) 796-6100

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Scientists and researchers

Image Aimé J. Messiga
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Ben W. Thomas
Research Scientist – Agroecology
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Charitha Jayasinghege
Research Scientist – Crop/Plant Physiology
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image JICHUL BAE
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Louise Rachel Taillefer
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Rhiannon Wallace
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Gary Telford
Knowledge Transfer Specialist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Biologist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Paul K. Abram
Research Scientist, Biological Control of Insect Pests
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Rishi R. Burlakoti
Research Scientist-Plant Pathology
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Publications

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Catton H, van Herk W, Saguez J and Svendsen E (2021) Guide to pest wireworms in Canadian
    Prairie field crop production. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.

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  5. 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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  6. Liu, R., Thomas, B.W., Shi, X., Zhang, X., Wang, Z., Zhang, Y. (2021). Effects of ground cover management on improving water and soil conservation in tree crop systems: A meta-analysis, 199 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.catena.2020.105085

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  7. 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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  8. MacDonald JL, Moffat C, Abram P. 2021. "On Demand: Spotted Wing Drosophila." Canadian Fruit & Vegetable Summit. March 10, 2021. https://www.fruitandveggie.com/ve-agenda/spotted-wing-drosophila-jesse-macdonald-aafc/

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  9. Hossain, Z., Hubbard, M., Gan, Y., Bainard, L.D. (2021). Root rot alters the root-associated microbiome of field pea in commercial crop production systems, 460(1-2), 593-607. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11104-020-04779-8

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  10. Sapkota S and Burlakoti RR. 2021. Investigating Management Options of the Raspberry Root Rot Complex. BC Berries Research Review Meeting February 26, 2021.

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