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.

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

Sector Needs

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

Meet our Scientists

Find out more about the scientists at Harrow 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.

 

    2585 County Road 20
    Harrow, ON N0R 1G0
    Canada
    (519) 738-2251

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    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 Lori Phillips
    Research Scientist
    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 Tiequan Zhang
    Research Scientist
    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. Labbe, R., Longpre, F., Des Marteaux, L., Leo, S., Desloges-Baril, P., Basso, J., Laflair, A. Van Laerhoven, S., and Scott-Dupree, C. 2022. Greenhouse Entomology Research Update. Harrow RDC Virtual Open House Presentation. February 23, 2022.

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    2. Leo, S. Scott-Dupree, C., and Labbe, R. 2022. Putting Pressure on a Pepper Pest: How Jaliscoa hunteri can suppress the pepper weevil. Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention (Niagara Falls) Poster presentation February 23 2022

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    3. Basso, J., Labbe, R. and Scott-Dupree, C. 2022. The sterile insect technique: A novel tool for control of pepper weevil in greenhouse pepper crops. Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention (Niagara Falls) Poster presentation February 23 2022

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    4. Desloges Baril, P., Des Marteaux, L., Labbé, R., and VanLaerhoven, S. 2021. Tomato defenders: evaluating two native predatory Dicyphus species as novel biocontrol agents on tomato crops. (Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Convention, Niagara Falls, Canada)

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    5. Page, E.R.*, R.E. Nurse, S. Meloche, K. Bosveld, C. Grainger, K. Obeid, M. Filotas, M.J. Simard and M. Laforest. 2021. Import of Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri S. Wats.) seed with sweet potato (Ipomea batatas
      (L.) Lam) slips. Joint virtual meeting of the Canadian Weed Science Society and Weed Science Society of America, February 22nd – 24th 2022 (Poster Presentation).

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    6. Fernandez, D. C., VanLaerhoven, S., Sinclair, B. and Labbé, R. 2021. Cold tolerance of the pepper weevil (Anthonomus eugenii). Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention. (Virtual Poster Presentation)

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    7. Greenhouse uses innovative controller to enable artificial intelligence of things.

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    8. Gallant B, Blatt S, Douglas HB, Labbe R, Makela K. 2021. How you can help protect Canada’s plant resources: report a plant pest. Bulletin of the Entomological Society of Canada, 53: #-#.

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    9. Digweed Q., Bitaxi P., Miller J., Al-Daoud F. Northern growth project continues to thrive. Greenhouse Canada, December 2021. https://www.greenhousecanada.com/northern-growth-project-continues-to-thrive/

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    10. Brackenridge, H., Bae, J., Simard, M-J., Tardif, F., Bosveld, K., and Nurse, R.E. 2021. Investigation of management practices to optimize cereal rye cover crop-based weed mitigation in Canadian sweet corn production. Canadian Weed Science Society, Annual General Meeting, November 23, 2021.

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