Kentville Research and Development Centre

  • Horticulture
  • Agri-Food
  • Agro-Ecosystem Resilience
  • Forages and Beef
  • Biodiversity and Bioresources

 

The Kentville Research and Development Centre (Kentville RDC) was established in 1911 in Kentville, Nova Scotia. It is one of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's (AAFC) network of 20 research and development centres. 

The Centre is associated with one satellite location:

  • Nappan Research Farm, located near Amherst, Nova Scotia

Areas of Research

The Kentville RDC delivers an integrated program of agriculture and agri-food research and technology transfer along the innovation continuum, which includes: germplasm development, sustainable and environmentally resilient primary production, postharvest handling and storage, and food attributes and safety. 

Research at Kentville RDC addresses regionally prominent horticultural crops such as tree fruits, berry crops, wine grapes and vegetables. Research at the Nappan Research Farm focusses on forage and livestock management. Kentville RDC is also a Minor Use Pesticide site that conducts research trials on solutions to grower-identified pest problems.

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

Sector Needs

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

Kentville RDC develops new cultivated varieties of small fruits (e.g., strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and grapes) and studies crop physiology to optimize primary production techniques, increase yields and minimize losses. A multidisciplinary approach is used to study crop disease and pests in a period of changing climate and intensive production, and to reduce chemical inputs.

Research is conducted to develop opportunities related to health-promoting phytochemicals in horticultural crops; mitigate microbiological contamination (Listeria, Salmonella, E. coli) of fresh and minimally processed horticultural products; investigate natural antimicrobials of bacterial and plant origin against spoilage and pathogenic organisms; and develop postharvest technologies to maintain fruit and vegetable quality during extended commercial storage. A new state-of-the-art research winery was completed in 2019, as well as a controlled-environment facility.

Research focuses on identifying, monitoring, and integrating crop management strategies to optimize agricultural inputs, enhance crop productivity, improve soil/water quality, manage nutrients, mitigate greenhouse gases and the effects of climate change, and reduce impacts from invasive and known pests. Kentville RDC also investigates climate adaptation strategies and tools for the Atlantic region.

Scientists are developing new germplasm and utilizing novel technologies to understand forage/ruminant interaction at the molecular and metabolic level and their impact on the productivity of beef, dairy and sheep production systems.

  • Biodiversity and bioresources

Research is carried out to increase the productivity, quality and resiliency of berry crops and tree fruits by identifying sources of genetic variability to support genetic improvement. Activities also focus on modifying the landscape to enhance pollinator populations to support the productive capacity of the agricultural sector.

Meet our Scientists

Find out more about the scientists at Kentville 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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Kentville, NS B4N 1J5
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(902) 365-8555

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Scientists and researchers

Image Beatrice Amyotte
Research Scientist, Small Fruit Germplasm Development
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Dr. Charles F. Forney
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Debra Moreau
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Harrison Wright
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Lihua Fan
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Shawkat Ali
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image shawna mackinnon
Research Scientist, Phytochemist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Ian Willick
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Keith Douglas Fuller
Biologist Study Leader
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Suzanne Blatt
Research Scientist - Integrated Pest Management/Entomology
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Vicky Lévesque
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Publications

  1. MacEachern, D., Fleming, C., & Filmore, S., 2024. Tipping the Scales: Elevating Corn Test Weight in the Maritime Provinces. Presented at the 2024 Cereal and Oilseeds and PEI Soil and Crop Annual Meeting. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Available at: https://atlanticgrainscouncil.ca/presentations/2024-cereal-and-oilseeds/.

    2024 - View publication details

  2. Salicylic acid and fungicides as an integrated approach for management
    of apple summer diseases

    2024 - View publication details

  3. Lajeunesse, J., Y. A. Papadopoulos, K. E. Glover, J. Duynisveld, M. Bellemare, M. Crouse, S. Fromm et S. A. Fillmore. 2024. Le sursemis des légumineuses : quels sont les résultats? Webinar presented at : Journée Plantes Fourragères Biologiques, 6e edition du CETAB+, January 11, 2024.

    2024 - View publication details

  4. Application of fungal endophytes isolated from apple (Malus domestica) trees for apple replant disease management

    2023 - View publication details

  5. Lajeunesse J., Papadopoulos Y.A , K. E. Glover K.E, S.A.E Fillmore, M. Bellemare, M. Crouse et S. Fromm. 2023. Recherche en plantes fourragères à la Ferme expérimentale de Normandin : Évaluation de différentes régies de sursemis pour la rénovation de pâturage. Présenté lors de la Journée porte ouverte de la Ferme expérimentale de Normandin le 20 juillet 2023.

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  6. Lajeunesse J., Papadopoulos Y.A , K. E. Glover K.E, S.A.E Fillmore, M. Bellemare, M. Crouse et S. Fromm. 2023. Recherche en plantes fourragères à la Ferme expérimentale de Normandin : Évaluation de différentes régies de sursemis pour la rénovation de pâturage. Présenté lors de la Journée porte ouverte de la Ferme expérimentale de Normandin le 20 juillet 2023.

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  7. Willick IR (2023) WINTER 2023 APPLE POST FREEZE REPORT. https://www.perennia.ca/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/Post-freeze-report-Ian-WIllick_2023-05-31.pdf

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  8. Maillard, É., Chantigny, M., Smith, E., Fuller, K.D., Vandersaag, A., Gregorich, E., Samson, M.-É., Pelster, D., Angers, D., and Thivierge, M.-N. 2023. Réponse à court terme d’indicateurs de santé du sol à des pratiques de gestion associées à la production laitière dans l’Est du Canada. 37th Annual Meeting of the Association québécoise des spécialistes en sciences du sol (AQSSS), Québec, Canada, May 23–25, 2023. Oral presentation

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  9. Franklin, J., Wright, H. Kentville Research & Development Centre (KRDC) – Nova Scotia wine grape bud hardiness 2022/2023 Report no. 10: April 17

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  10. Franklin, J., Wright, H. Kentville Research & Development Centre (KRDC) – Nova Scotia wine grape bud hardiness 2022/2023 Report no. 9: March 28

    2023 - View publication details