Lacombe Research and Development Centre

  • Beef Cow
  • Meat production
  • Cereal and Pulse

The Lacombe Research and Development Centre (Lacombe RDC) was established in 1907 in Lacombe, Alberta. 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: Beaverlodge Research Farm.

Areas of Research

The Lacombe RDC conducts research on two major strategic activities, related to livestock and meat production, and to crop sciences.

Research on livestock and meat production aims to enhance the economic stability and reduce the environmental impact of Livestock production systems and to support the Canadian fresh meat processing sector in supplying safe, high quality fresh meat with good storage life, mostly beef and pork.

Research in crop sciences includes plant breeding (field pea and oats), integrated crop protection (weed science and pathology), and the development of best agronomic practices.

In addition, the Beaverlodge Research Farm is host of AAFC’s national honey bee research program, with an emphasis on bee health.

Sector Needs

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

6000 C and E Trail
Lacombe, AB T4L 1W1
Canada
(403) 782-8100

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Scientists and researchers

Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Biology Study Lead, Soil Health and Fertility Development
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Breanne Tidemann
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Changxi Li
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Manuel Maria Juarez Davila
Livestock Phenomics Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Nityananda Khanal
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Research Scientist - Meat Quality and Sensory Chemometrics
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Xianqin Yang
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image M. Marta Guarna
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Mike Dugan
Meat Lipid Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Oscar Lopez Campos
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Vern Baron
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Publications

  1. Visvalingam, J., Zhang, P., Ells, T.C., Yang, X. (2019). Dynamics of Biofilm Formation by Salmonella Typhimurium and Beef Processing Plant Bacteria in Mono- and Dual-Species Cultures, 78(2), 375-387. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00248-018-1304-z

    2019 - View publication details

  2. Añez-Osuna, F., Penner, G.B., Campbell, J., Dugan, M.E.R., Fitzsimmons, C.J., Jefferson, P.G., Lardner, H.A., McKinnon, J.J. (2019). Level and source of fat in the diet of gestating beef cows. II. Effects on the postpartum performance of the dam and the progeny, 97(7), 3120-3141. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jas/skz172

    2019 - View publication details

  3. Laidlaw, A.M., Gänzle, M.G., Yang, X. (2019). Comparative assessment of qPCR enumeration methods that discriminate between live and dead Escherichia coli O157:H7 on beef, 79 41-47. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fm.2018.11.002

    2019 - View publication details

  4. Foroud, N.A., Pordel, R., Goyal, R.K., Ryabova, D., Eranthodi, A., Chatterton, S., Kovalchuk, I. (2019). Chemical Activation of the Ethylene Signaling Pathway Promotes Fusarium graminearum Resistance in Detached Wheat Heads, 109(5), 796–803. http://dx.doi.org/10.1094/PHYTO-08-18-0286-R

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  5. M.E.R. Dugan, V. Salazar, D.C. Rolland, P. Vahmani, J.L. Aalhus, Ó. Lo´ pez-Campos, N. Prieto, and
    M. Juárez. 2019. Retail lamb fat composition in western Canada. dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjas-2019-0003

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  6. Akanno, E.C., Ekine-Dzivenu, C., Chen, L., Vinsky, M., Abo-Ismail, M.K., Macneil, M.D., Plastow, G., Basarab, J., Li, C., Fitzsimmons, C. (2019). Evaluation of a genomic-enhanced sorting system for feeder cattle, 97(3), 1066-1075. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jas/skz026

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  7. Harpur, B.A., Guarna, M.M., Huxter, E., Higo, H., Moon, K.M., Hoover, S.E., Ibrahim, A., Melathopoulos, A.P., Desai, S., Currie, R.W., Pernal, S.F., Foster, L.J., Zayed, A., Eyre-Walker, A. (2019). Integrative Genomics Reveals the Genetics and Evolution of the Honey Bee's Social Immune System, 11(3), 937-948. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gbe/evz018

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  8. F Añez-Osuna, G Penner, C Fitzsimmons, M Dugan, J Campbell, P Jefferson, H Lardner, J McKinnon, 351 Effects of level and source of fat in the diet of gestating beef cows on progeny performance., Journal of Animal Science, Volume 96, Issue suppl_3, December 2018, Page 175, https://doi.org/10.1093/jas/sky404.381

    2018 - View publication details