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.  

Sector Needs

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

 

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

 

Publications

  1. Franklin, M.T., Abram, P.K., and J. Thiessen. 2021. Determining potential resistance and susceptibility of raspberry and blueberry breeding selections to key arthropod pests. BC Berries Research Review, Virtual Meeting (oral presentation). Feb 26, 2021.

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  2. Franklin, M.T. 2021. Berry Entomology Program: Future Research in Cranberries. Pacific Northwest Cranberry Congress: Practical Tips and Information for Growers. Feb 18-19, 2021.

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  3. Moffat, C.E., Abram, P.K., and Ensign, D. (in press) An evolutionary ecology synthesis for biological control. In: Biological control: a global endeavor (P.G. Mason, ed.). CSIRO press.

    2021 - View publication details

  4. Franklin, M.T. Abram, P.K. and T. Hueppelsheuser. 2021. Strawberry blossom weevil: a new pest of strawberries and raspberries. Lower Mainland Horticultural Improvement Association Horticultural Growers’ Short Course Virtual Meeting, Jan 28-30, 2021.

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  5. MacDonald J, Cooey L, Telford G, Abrams P, Alton G, Dudzic J, Ellis T, Girod P, Hueppelsheuser T, McFarlene J, Moffat C, Pogoda M, Thistlewood H. 2021. "Spotted Wing Drosophila: A Regional Research Users’ Meeting." Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Summerland, BC. 13 pp.

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  6. Franklin, M.T., Abram, P.K., and T. Hueppelsheuser. 2021. Establishment of strawberry blossom weevil, Anthonomus rubi in Canada: a new pest of berries. Pest Management Centre Insect Pests of Berries Strategy Virtual Wrap-up Meeting. Jan 26, 2021.

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  7. P.K. Abram, T. Hueppelsheuser, M.F. Franklin, C.E. Moffat, M. Robertson, T. Nelson, S. Acheampong, J. Carrillo, M. Buffington (2021). Two specialized natural enemies of spotted wing Drosophila are now present in British Columbia. Pest Management Centre Insect Pests of Berries Strategy Virtual Wrap-up Meeting, January 26, 2021.

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  8. P.K. Abram, T. Hueppelsheuser, M.F. Franklin, C.E. Moffat, M. Robertson, T. Nelson, S. Acheampong, J. Carrillo, M. Buffington (2021). Two specialized natural enemies from the Asian home range of spotted wing Drosophila are now present in the Pacific Northwest. Spotted Wing Drosophila Virtual Regional Research Users’ Meeting, Summerland, BC, January 19, 2021.

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  9. J. Sherwood, P.K. Abram (2020). Preliminary evidence for enemy risk effects on SWD from Leptopilina japonica. North American Spotted Wing Drosophila Biological Control Working Group Virtual Meeting, December 9-10, 2020.

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  10. T. Hueppelsheuser, M.F. Franklin, P.K. Abram (2020). Lessons learned in 2020 on rearing Asian parasitoids of SWD from field-collected fruit samples. North American Spotted Wing Drosophila Biological Control Working Group Virtual Meeting, December 9-10, 2020.

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