Horticulture

Horticulture

The St. John’s RDC conducts research on berry and vegetable production (management, crop protection, pollination, propagation, germplasm conservation and genetic enhancement), and on the development of horticultural production systems, including protected cropping systems, for boreal-northern regions. Sustainable, integrated pest management strategies are also developed that are relevant to boreal-northern production systems. The value of beneficial organisms (e.g., arthropods, microbial biocontrols, and beneficial microbes) is also investigated in these systems.

Successful solutions

  • Developed integrated pest management techniques for protecting brassica crops from cabbage maggot.

  • Developed blueberry and lingonberry hybrid selections and micropropagation (i.e., mass production of plants under sterile conditions) techniques for cultivation in boreal-northern regions.