Charlottetown Research and Development Centre

  • Agro-Ecosystem
  • Potatoes
  • Biodiversity
  • Horticulture
  • Cereal Crops

The Charlottetown Research and Development Centre (Charlottetown RDC) was established in 1909 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. It is one of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's (AAFC) network of 20 research and development centres. 

The Centre is associated with two satellite locations:

  • Main laboratory and office complex in Charlottetown; and

  • Harrington Research Farm with field and greenhouse research facilities north of Charlottetown.

Areas of Research

The focus of Charlottetown RDC science activities is on environmental sustainability, diversification and innovation in primary production agriculture, and the discovery and exploitation of bio-based products from new and traditional crops.

The Charlottetown RDC conducts research on diversified, integrated cropping systems with a focus on crop rotations, agronomy of new crops species or cultivars, characterization of crop nutrient cycles and their effects on soil and water quality, as well as the integrated and sustainable management of weeds, insects, and diseases.

Sector Needs

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



    Scientists and researchers

    Vegetable Pathology Technician
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada


    Image Andrew McKenzie-Gopsill
    Research Scientist
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada


    Image Jason L. McCallum
    Research Scientist: Phytochemistry
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada


    Image Morteza Mesbah
    Research Scientist
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada




      2019 - View publication details

    2. Smith, E. L., Vosman, A., Rodd, V., Kellman, L., Fuller, K., Nyiraneza, J., McDonald, B., Henry, R. Nov. 4-7, 2018. Simultaneous losses of nitrogen via water and air from agricultural cropping systems. American Society of Agronomy/Crop Science Society of America/Soil Science Society of America (ASA-CSSA-SSSA) International Annual Meeting: Enhancing Productivity in a Changing Climate. Baltimore, Maryland.

      2018 - View publication details


      2018 - View publication details

    4. McCallum, B.D., Seto-Goh, P., Foster, A., Xue, A. (2018). Physiological specialization of Puccinia triticina, the causal agent of wheat leaf rust, in Canada in 2012, 40(3), 434-441.

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    5. Pattey, E., Mesbah, M., Jégo, 2018. Identifying NEMO: a model-based methodology to identify strategic N application rates for rainfed crop. Proceedings of 20th Nitrogen Workshop, Rennes (France), 25-27 June 2018.

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    8. Mesbah, M., Pattey, E., Jégo, G., Geng, X., Didier, A., Tremblay, N., (2017) " Including climate variability in determination of the optimum rate of N fertilizer application using a crop model: A case study for rainfed corn in eastern Canada." American Geophysical Union Fall meeting, New Orleans, USA, December 11-15, 2017.

      2017 - View publication details