Fredericton Research and Development Centre

  • Horiculture
  • Agro-Ecosystem Resilience
  • Biodiversity and Bioresources

The Fredericton Research and Development Centre (Fredericton RDC) was established in 1912 in Fredericton, New Brunswick. 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 Fredericton; and

  • Benton Ridge sub-station – which supports germplasm enhancement activities.

Areas of Research

The Fredericton RDC conducts research on potato cropping systems at all scales. One focus has research scientists collaborating on innovating to bring novel traits, new end uses, disease and pest resistance into potato germplasm using advanced technologies. The Centre’s Potato Breeding Team uses the germplasm to bring new varieties of potato to Canadian and international markets. Other teams look at the performance of crop production systems and how to incorporate a variety of crops, techniques and technologies into potato cropping systems which will grow yields and profits while improving and conserving soil and water, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The Centre’s science also looks toward the threats to our production systems, to the new diseases and pests we can expect to challenge us as the climate changes and we assist our agricultural industries to be robust and resilient.

Sector Needs

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


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Scientists and researchers

Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Cameron Wagg
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Claudia Goyer
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Fatima Mitterboeck
Biology Study Leader - Bioinformatics
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Jess Vickruck
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Keshav Dahal
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Louis-Pierre Comeau
Research Scientist - Landscape and Soil Carbon
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Molecular Genetics Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Helen Tai
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Serban Danielescu
Research Scientist - Groundwater -surface water interactions, Agricultural impacts on groundwater
Environment and Climate Change Canada

 

Image Sheldon William Rex Hann
Biologist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Sheng Li
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Xianzhou Nie
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Publications

  1. Singh M, Nie X, and Mackenzie T. 2019. Evaluation of foliar insecticide spray alternatives for management of PVY spread. Northeast Potato Technological Forum 2019. Charlottetown, PEI, 20-21 March 2019.

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  2. Chuan J, Nie J, Gardner K, Hammill D. H., Nie X, Hale L, Xu H, Li X. 2019. Exploration of the virulence mechanism of Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum causing potato zebra chip disease. Northeast Potato Technological Forum 2019. Charlottetown, PEI, 20-21 March 2019.

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  3. (2019) Joint meeting of the Canadian Phytopathological Society and the
    Quebec Society for the Protection of Plants, 2018 / Réunion conjointe la Société Canadienne de
    Phytopathologie et de la Société de Protection des Plantes du Quebec, 2018, Canadian Journal of
    Plant Pathology, 41:1, 138-167, DOI: 10.1080/07060661.2019.1519163

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  4. Nie X. 2018. Invited Prevention: Genetic diversity and management of Potato Virus Y in Canada. PROCINORTE-Plant Health Task Force Trilateral Workshop Vector-borne Viruses Affecting Crops in North America Merida, Yucatan, Mexico – September 25-27, 2018 Hotel Holiday Inn Merida. Page: 7.

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  5. Mackenzie T, Lavoie J, Nie X, and Singh M. 2018. Differential spread of Potato virus Y (PVY) strains in the field: Implications for the rise of recombinant PVY strains in New Brunswick, Canada (Abstr.). ICPP2018 in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A., July 29–August 3, 2018. Phytopathology 108:S1.121. https://doi.org/10.1094/PHYTO-108-10-S1.1

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  6. Xie, X., Li, X.Q., Zebarth, B.J., Niu, S., Tang, R., Tai, H.H., Bizimungu, B., Wu, W., Haroon, M. (2018). Rapid Screening of Potato Cultivars Tolerant to Nitrogen Deficiency Using a Hydroponic System, 95(2), 157-163. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12230-017-9621-1

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  7. Mackenzie T, Lavoie J, Nie X, and Singh M. 2018. Preferential spread of novel recombinant PVY strains, and their effects on symptom expression, yield and tuber quality in popular potato varieties. Northeast Potato Technological Forum 2018. Fredericton, NB, 21-22 March 2018. Page: 1.

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  8. Nie X, Dickison V, Brooks S, Nie B, Singh M, De Koeyer D and Murphy A. 2018. High resolution DNA melting (HRM) assay for detection of Rx1 and Rx2 for rapid high-throughput selection for extreme resistance to Potato virus X in potato. Northeast Potato Technological Forum 2018. Fredericton, NB, 21-22 March 2018. Page: 4.

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  9. Potatoes: From seed to seed – can we change the approach?

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  10. Smith RL, Lawrence J, Shukla M, Singh M, Li X, Xu H, Gardner K and Nie X. 2018. First report of Coleus blumei viroid 5 and molecular confirmation of Coleus blumei viroid 1 in commercial Coleus blumei in Canada. Plant Disease DOI: 10.1094/PDIS-01-18-0055-PDN

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