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.

Sector Needs

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

 

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 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 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. Franklin, J and Wright, H. 2020 / 2021 Nova Scotia Wine Grape Bud Hardiness Report No. 4: January 18 - 19. Kentville Research and Development Centre, Kentville, Nova Scotia

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  2. Franklin, J and Wright, H. 2020 / 2021 Nova Scotia Wine Grape Bud Hardiness Report No. 3: January 4 - 5. Kentville Research and Development Centre, Kentville, Nova Scotia

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  3. Mills, A.A.S., Izydorczyk, M., Choo, T.M., Durand, J., Mountain, N., Sorrells, M., Fillmore, S.A.E. (2021). Cultural practices to improve malt barley quality in the northeast with focus on the craft sector, 101(1), 39-52. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjps-2020-0011

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  4. Franklin, J and Wright, H. 2020 / 2021 Nova Scotia Wine Grape Bud Hardiness Report No. 2: December 21 - 22. Kentville Research and Development Centre, Kentville, Nova Scotia

    2020 - View publication details

  5. Franklin, J and Wright, H. 2020 / 2021 Nova Scotia Wine Grape Bud Hardiness Report No. 1: December 7 - 8. Kentville Research and Development Centre, Kentville, Nova Scotia

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  6. Muche, B.M., Jordan, M., Forney, C.F., Speers, R.A., Rupasinghe, H.P.V. (2020). Effect of 1-methylcyclopropene (1-MCP) and storage atmosphere on the volatile aroma composition of cloudy and clear apple juices, 6(4), 1-15. http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/beverages6040059

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  7. Blatt, S. 2020. Annual Report for NC-140 Committee Meeting, virtual Zoom meeting, November

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  8. 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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  9. Reis, L., Forney, C.F., Jordan, M., Munro Pennell, K., Fillmore, S., Schemberger, M.O., Ayub, R.A. (2020). Metabolic Profile of Strawberry Fruit Ripened on the Plant Following Treatment With an Ethylene Elicitor or Inhibitor, 11 http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2020.00995

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  10. Blatt, S, DeLong, J, Abbasi, P and Burgher-MacLellan, K. 2020. Research update: insects, diseases and storage. Nova Scotia Fruit Growers Annual Convention, Greenwich, NS, January

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