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 Dr. Charles F. Forney
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

 

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. 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

    2020 - View publication details

  2. 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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  3. McClure, K.A., Gong, Y.H., Song, J., Vinqvist-Tymchuk, M., Campbell Palmer, L., Fan, L., Burgher-MacLellan, K., Zhang, Z.Q., Celton, J.M., Forney, C.F., Migicovsky, Z., Myles, S. (2019). Genome-wide association studies in apple reveal loci of large effect controlling apple polyphenols, 6(1), http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41438-019-0190-y

    2019 - View publication details

  4. Blatt, S. 2019. Apple pest research and pest pressure – affect by climate change? Apple Information Exchange, Charlottetown, PEI, November
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  5. Harris, E, Hillier, NK, and Blatt, S. 2019. Abundance versus precision: an oviposition analysis of Delia radicum and Delia platura on crucifer crops in Nova Scotia. Joint Annual Meeting of the ESC/CSEE and AES, Fredericton, August.

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  6. Blatt, S, Ryan, A, Adams, S, Hiltz, K and Driscoll, J. 2019. CRF on PEI: then and now. PEI Horticultural Association Annual General Meeting, March

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  7. Blatt, S, DeLong, J, Abbasi, P and Burgher-MacLellan, K. 2019. CHC apple cluster and CAP program results and updates: what happened and what’s going on? Nova Scotia Fruit Growers Annual Convention, Greenwich, NS, January

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  8. Blatt, S. 2018. Annual Report for NC-140 Committee Meeting, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, November

    2018 - View publication details

  9. Blatt, S, Ryan, A, Adams, S, Hiltz, K, McDonald, MR and Driscoll, J. 2018. CRF: Highlights from the Eastern provinces. Quebec fruit and vegetable producers meeting, St. Remi, Quebec, December

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  10. Yang, E., Fan, L., Yan, J., Jiang, Y., Doucette, C., Fillmore, S., Walker, B. (2018). Influence of culture media, pH and temperature on growth and bacteriocin production of bacteriocinogenic lactic acid bacteria, 8(1), http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13568-018-0536-0

    2018 - View publication details