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. Franklin, M.T. and W. Wong. 2022. A new invader: establishment of the strawberry blossom weevil in British Columbia. Annual Meeting of the Professional Pest Management Association of British Columbia, Virtual Meeting. Feb 24-25, 2022.

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  2. Burlakoti R. R., Novinscak A., vanBaar K., and Griifiths J. 2022. Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus-Global Threat to Greenhouse Tomato Production. Annual Symposium of Professional Pest Management Society of BC, February 24-25, 2022, Virtual.

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  3. Sapkota S. and Burlakoti R. R., Lubbert, M., Lamour K., and Punja Z. 2022. Molecular characterization of Phytophthora species associated with raspberry. Annual Symposium of Professional Pest Management Society of BC (Virtual), February 24-25, 2022

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  4. Betz E.C.L, Burlakoti R. R., Novinscak A., and Sabaratnam, S. 2021. Characterization of cryptic species of Botrytis associated with fruit rot of highbush blueberry and raspberry in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia. BC Regional Annual Meeting of Canadian Phytopathological Society (Virtual), November 9-10, 2021.

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  5. Burlakoti, R. R. and Percival D. 2021. Baseline sensitivity of Septoria species associated with lowbush blueberry foliar disease to chlorothalonil and propiconazole fungicides. 12th International Vaccinium Symposium (Virtual), August 30 to September 1, 2021.

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  6. Burlakoti R. R. 2021. Update on Development of Decision Support Tools in Berry Crops. BC Berries Research Review Meeting October 21- 22, 2021

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  7. Sapkota S. and Burlakoti R. R., Dossett, M., and Punja Z. 2021. Development of effective methods for pathogenicity and screening of Phytophthora spp. on red raspberry seedlings. BC Regional Annual Meeting of Canadian Phytopathological Society (Virtual), November 9-10, 2021.

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  8. Novinscak A., Burlakoti R. R., Gill S., Slyadnev M. N. 2021. Comparison of real time PCR detection systems using naturally infected Botrytis cinerea berry samples. BC Regional Annual Meeting of Canadian Phytopathological Society (Virtual), November 9-10, 2021.

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  9. Burlakoti R. R., Sapkota S. 2021. Recent Progress in Pathogen Characterization and Development of Disease Screening Protocols for Blueberry and Raspberry Selections. BC Berries Research Review Meeting October 21- 22, 2021.

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  10. Franklin, M.T. and T. Hueppelsheuser. 2021. Managing aphids while protecting pollinators. Practum Co-op Berry Grower Production Meeting, Oregon, Virtual Attendance. February 11th, 2022.

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