Harrow Research and Development Centre

  • Greenhouse
  • Tractor
  • Soybean
  • Strawberries

The Harrow Research and Development Centre (Harrow RDC) located in Harrow, Ontario was established in 1909. It is the largest greenhouse research complex facility in North America, and is one of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's (AAFC) network of 20 research and development centres.

The Centre is associated with three satellite locations:

  • Greenhouse, laboratory & field based research complex on sandy soils at Harrow;

  • Clay-loam soils at the Honourable Eugene F. Whelan Experimental Farm, Woodslee, Ontario; and

  • The Ontario Development and Technology Transfer unit located in Guelph, Ontario.

Areas of Research

Harrow RDC develops and transfers new technologies for the production and protection of greenhouse vegetables and field crops, including soybeans, dry beans, corn, winter wheat and tomatoes. It is a lead contributor in research on the quality and sustainable use of Ontario soils as methods to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and nutrient losses from agricultural soils. This activity enhances the environmental health of farmlands in the Great Lakes basin.

The Harrow RDC is one of seven sites where field and greenhouse trials on potential pest management tools and technologies are conducted for AAFC’s Minor Use Pesticide Program.

Harrow RDC is the location for the Canadian Clonal Genebank greenhouse and orchard.

Sector Needs

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

 

    Scientists and researchers

    Image Craig Drury
    Research Scientist
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

     

    Research Scientist
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

     

    Image Della Johnston
    Director, RDT, Harrow & London Research and Development Centres/ON DTT
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

     

    Image Eric Page
    Research Scientist
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

     

    Image Jamie Larsen
    Research Scientist
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

     

    Image Kangfu Yu
    Senior Research Scientist
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

     

    Image Lauren Des Marteaux
    Field Crop Entomologist
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

     

    Image Robert Nurse
    Research Scientist
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

     

    Image Dr. Roselyne M. Labbé
    Research Scientist - Greenhouse Entomology
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

     

    Image Geneviève Marchand
    Research Scientist
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

     

    Image Jingyi Yang
    Soil Scientist, Nutrient Modeller in Agroecosystems | Agronome pédologue et modélisateur d’éléments nutritifs dans les écosystèmes agricoles
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

     

    Image Julia J. Mlynarek
    Research Scientist - Field Entomologist
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

     

    Image Keith Reid
    Soil Scientist
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

     

    Image Pamela Joosse
    Senior Soil and Nutrient Management Specialist
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

     

    Image Quade Digweed
    Junior Greenhouse Engineer
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

     

    Image Sergio Paulo
    Acting Associate Director
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

     

    Image Sonja Fransen
    Water Management Engineer
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

     

    Image Xueming Yang
    Research Scientist
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

     

    Publications

    1. Leo, S., Scott-Dupree, C., Fernandez, C., Rizzato, R., Gagnier, D. and Labbe, R. 2021. Biological control potential of Jaliscoa hunteri for suppression of the pepper weevil. Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention (Niagara Falls).

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    2. Fernandez, D. C., VanLaerhoven, S., Sinclair, B. and Labbe, R. 2021. Cold tolerance of the pepper weevil (Anthonomus eugenii). Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention (Niagara Falls)

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    3. Laflair, A., Van Laerhoven, S., Des Marteaux, L., Mlynarek, J. and Labbe, R. 2021. Egg feeding potential of Nabis americoferus: a native biological control agent of greenhouse pests. Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention Virtual (Niagara Falls).

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    4. Desloges Baril, P., Des Marteaux, L., Labbé, R. Mlynarek, J., and VanLaerhoven, S. 2021. Evaluation of native Hemiptera for biocontrol in Canadian tomato crops. Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention Virtual (Niagara Falls)

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    5. Basso, J., Labbe, R. and Scott-Dupree, C. 2021. Potential new tool for pepper weevil management in Ontario greenhouses: Sterile Insect Technique. Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention (Niagara Falls)

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    6. Marchand, G. Recherches et développement. Webinaire sur le ToBRFV, présenté par le Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries, et de l'Alimentation du Québec dans le cadre des Vendredis horticoles de la Montérégie, en ligne, 2021/01/15.

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    7. Dry Beans for Dollars

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    8. Ellouze, W., Nesbitt, D., Parcey, M., Gayder, S., Marchand, G., Svircev, A.M., Tambong, J.T. (2020). Draft Genome Sequences of Hazelnut-Associated Pseudomonas Strains Isolated in Ontario, Canada, 9(45), http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/MRA.01021-20

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    9. Mlynarek, J.J., Macdonald, M., Sim, K., Hiltz, K., McDonald, M.R., Blatt, S. (2020). Oviposition, feeding preferences and distribution of delia species (Diptera: Anthomyiidae) in eastern Canadian onions, 11(11), 1-10. http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/insects11110780

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    10. Labbe, R. Update on pepper weevil research at AAFC. Virtual Meeting at University of Guelph (September 11, 2020).

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