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

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. Bezanson, G.S., Ells, T.C., Fan, L., Forney, C.F., LeBlanc, D.I. (2018). Aerated Steam Sanitization of Whole Fresh Cantaloupes Reduces and Controls Rind-Associated Listeria but Enhances Fruit Susceptibility to Secondary Colonization, 83(4), 1025-1031. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1750-3841.14082

    2018 - View publication details

  2. Xie, Z., Forney, C.F., Bondada, B. (2018). Renewal of vascular connections between grapevine buds and canes during bud break, 233 331-338. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scienta.2018.02.019

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  3. Luo, H., Song, J., Toivonen, P., Gong, Y., Forney, C., Campbell Palmer, L., Fillmore, S., Pang, X.Q., Zhang, Z.Q. (2018). Proteomic changes in ‘Ambrosia’ apple fruit during cold storage and in response to delayed cooling treatment, 137 66-76. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.postharvbio.2017.11.011

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  4. Fan, L., Martynenko, A., Doucette, C., Hughes, T., Fillmore, S. (2018). Microbial Quality and Shelf Life of Blueberry Purée Developed Using Cavitation Technology, 83(3), 732-739. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1750-3841.14073

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  5. McClure, K.A., Gardner, K.M., Douglas, G.M., Song, J., Forney, C.F., Delong, J., Fan, L., Du, L., Toivonen, P.M.A., Somers, D.J., Rajcan, I., Myles, S. (2018). A genome-wide association study of apple quality and scab resistance, 11(1), http://dx.doi.org/10.3835/plantgenome2017.08.0075

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  6. Blatt, S., NSFGA and Hoeg, R. 2018. Apple Maggot: rogue tree removal project. Nova Scotia Fruit Growers Annual Convention, Greenwich, NS, January

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  7. Blatt, S., Duyvelshoff, C., and Cortens, M. 2018. Apple Maggot: spray trial (AARII project) and update (HomeGrown project). Nova Scotia Fruit Growers Annual Convention, Greenwich, NS, January

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  8. Blatt, S. 2017. Annual Report for NC-140 Committee Meeting, Washington State University, Wenatchee, Washington, November

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  9. Blatt, S., Hiltz, K., Bykova, O., MacDonald, M., Adams, S., Ryan, A. and Driscoll, J. 2017. Carrots and onions and the critters that bug them. Vegetable Producers Priority Meeting, Kentville, NS, December

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  10. Forney, C.F. 2017. Harvest & post harvest handing of blueberries for fresh & IQF markets. Presented at the Wild Blueberry Growers Association of Nova Scotia Annual Meeting, Truro, NS, November 17, 2017. http://www.nswildblueberries.com/news/download?path=C%2BForney%2BNov%2B2017.pdf

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