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.

Search Research projects from the Fredericton Research and Development Centre to learn more about what we do.

Sector Needs

The Fredericton RDC carries out innovative research, development, technology and knowledge transfer activities in support of the AAFC's Strategic Plan for Science, which includes: 

Develops potato germplasm for different production areas of Canada and coordinates with the Lethbridge Research and Development Centre to advance potato varieties for Western Canada. New varieties include traits for enhanced yield, environmental sustainability, health benefits, and use in bioproduct applications. Research is conducted to understand potato resistance to bacterial and viral pathogens and insect pests, and study the behavior to develop new ways to control potato diseases.

Research focuses on understanding nutrient dynamics and agro-chemical losses to the environment in potato production systems and developing technologies to predict nutrient deficiency. Fredericton RDC collaborates with AAFC’s Charlottetown Research and Development Centre to develop and evaluate beneficial management practices for enhanced efficiency and environmental sustainability of potato production.

The Plant Gene Resources Potato Collection collects, maintains and generates potato germplasm and their wild relatives. Scientists develop DNA fingerprinting and genotyping technologies to manage potato genetic resources and select core accessions for conservation, research and utilization.

Meet our Scientists

Find out more about the scientists at Fredericton 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.

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PO Box 20280
Fredericton, NB E3B 4Z7
Canada
(506) 460-4300

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Scientists and researchers

Image BENOIT BIZIMUNGU
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Cameron Wagg
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Dahu Chen
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image David De Koeyer
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

 

Image Helen Tai
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Bioinformatician
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

 

Image Xiu-Qing Li
Molecular Genetics Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Publications

  1. Franklin, M.T., Weiss, R., Bouchard, P., Uriel, Y., Hann. S., & M. Vankosky. 2023. Improving the search: using climate analysis to guide surveillance to delimit the range of the invasive strawberry blossom weevil. Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of Canada. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. October 15-18, 2023.

    2024 - View publication details

  2. Genome-wide association studies revealed diploid potatoes with climate-resilient traits

    2024 - View publication details

  3. https://agbio.usask.ca/soilsncrops/

    2024 - View publication details

  4. INV-20290 - Drought resistance genes in diploid potatoes

    2023 - View publication details

  5. MacDonald JL, Franklin MT, Hann S, Makela K. 2023. A more inclusive biovigilance approach to pest management: Case study of the strawberry blossom weevil and implications for plant disease monitoring strategies. The Canadian Tri-Societies Meeting: Agroecosystem Resiliency Under a Changing Climate. Ottawa ON, Canada. 20 June 2023.

    2023 - View publication details

  6. INV-20301 - Non browning gene-edited potatoes

    2023 - View publication details

  7. Potato Greening through ‘omics approaches

    2023 - View publication details

  8. Diploid potatoes in changing climate biotic and abiotic challenges

    2023 - View publication details

  9. Bizimungu, B. 2023. Development of a core collection of heirloom and heritage potato varieties for use in breeding, research and education. Conspectus of the 2023 Northeast Potato Technology Forum, Fredericton, New Brunswick, March 21-22, 2023 (Abstract).

    2023 - View publication details

  10. De Koeyer, D., R. Morgan, E. Fava, K. Gardner, B. Bizimungu, and H. Tai. 2023. Genomic prediction and association analysis in the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Potato Breeding Program. p. 33. In: Northeast Potato Technology Forum 2023 Conspectus. March 21-22, Fredericton, NB

    2023 - View publication details