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:

 

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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Burlakoti RR. 2021. Developing Decision Support Tools for Blueberry and Raspberry Diseases and Overview of Berry Pathology Research. BC Berries Research Review Meeting February 26, 2021.

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  5. Burlakoti RR, Latchman SR, Sapkota S. 2021. Characterizing Pathogens and Improving Disease Screening Methods to Support Raspberry and Blueberry Breeding. BC Berries Research Review Meeting February 26, 2021.

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  6. Burlakoti, RR. 2021. Study on pathogen population dynamics: Insight into biology and management of crop diseases. The Professional Pest Management Association of British Columbia 2021 Symposium, February 18-19, Virtual.

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  7. 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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  8. Sapkota S and Burlakoti, RR.2021. Metalaxyl sensitivity of Phytophthora spp. obtained from red raspberry fields in British Columbia. The Professional Pest Management Association of British Columbia 2021 Symposium, February 18-19, Virtual.

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  9. Brackenridge, H., Bae, J., Simard M-J, Tardif, F., Bosveld, K., and Nurse, R.E. 2020. Investigation of management strategies to optimize cover crop-based weed mitigation in Canadian sweet corn production. Proceeding of the 61st annual meeting of the Weed Science Society of America.

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  10. 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.

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