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

    2018 - View publication details

  2. 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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  3. 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

    2017 - View publication details

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

    2017 - View publication details

  5. 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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  6. Forney, C.F. and J. Song. 2017. Flavors and aromas: Chemistry and biological functions. p. 933-974. In: E.M. Yahia (ed.) Fruit and Vegetable Phytochemicals: Chemistry and Human Health. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., Chichester, West Sussex, UK.

    2017 - View publication details

  7. Ali, A., Yeoh, W.K., Forney, C. and Siddiqui, M.W. 2017. Advances in postharvest technologies to extend the storage life of minimally processed fruits and vegetables. Crit. Rev. Food Sci. Nutr.:1-18.

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  8. St. Luce, M., Ziadi, N., Gagnon, B., Lévesque, V. (2017). Prediction of total carbon, total nitrogen, and pH of organic materials using visible near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy, 98(1), 175-179. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjss-2017-0109

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  9. Forney, C.F., S. Blatt, T. Forge, D. Neilsen, J.A. Cline, K.D. Munro Pennell and S.A.E. Fillmore. 2017. Rootstock effects on phloem amino acid composition: Role in aphid resistance. ASHS Annual Meeting Sept 19-22, 2017, Waikoloa, Hawaii, USA (abstract) https://ashs.confex.com/ashs/2017/webprogramarchives/Paper26286.html

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  10. Augustine Joseph, D., Cutler, C., and Blatt, S. 2017. Phenological and monitoring considerations for carrot weevil (Listronotus oregonensis) in Nova Scotia. Acadian Entomological Society, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, August.

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