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.

Search Research projects from the Lacombe Research and Development Centre to learn more about what we do.

Sector Needs

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

Meet our Scientists

Find out more about the scientists at Lacombe Research and Development Centre through their profiles below.

You can also visit the Fields of Science campaign featuring 11 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada scientists from coast to coast. Discover why they chose to pursue a career in agriculture and learn more about their research.

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

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Scientists and researchers

Biology study leader - bioinformatics
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Xiaoji Liu
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Bethany Uttaro
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 Carolyn Fitzsimmons
Research Scientist, Bovine Genetics
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Changxi Li
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Jose Francisco Segura Plaza
Post-Doctoral Researcher
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

 

Image Peipei Zhang
Biologist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Stephanie Lam
Post-Doctoral Researcher
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Stephen Pernal
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Thomas Kelly Turkington
Research Scientist - Plant Pathology
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Xianqin Yang
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Hushton Block
Beef Production Systems 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 Olugbenga Philip Soladoye
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Vern Baron
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Publications

  1. Fang, Y., Visvalingam, J., Zhang, P., Yang, X. (2022). Biofilm formation by Non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli in monocultures and co-cultures with meat processing surface bacteria. Food Microbiology, [online] 102 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fm.2021.103902

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  2. Walsh EM, Paillard M, Giovenazzo P, Pernal SF (2022) Honey bee (Apis mellifera) social immunity behaviours: Variance between domestic stocks and effect on chalkbrood (Ascosphaera apis) infection. 2022 American Bee Research Conference Proceedings, 13-14 Jan 2022. (Virtual Meeting) Bee Culture (In Press)

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  3. MacInnis C, Guarna MM, Luong LT, Pernal SF (2022) Three’s a crowd: How honey bees respond to infection with Lotmaria passim and Nosema ceranae. 2022 American Bee Research Conference, 13-14 Jan 2022. (Virtual Meeting) Bee Culture (in press).

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  4. 2022. Kubota, H., Liu, K., Tedla, H.A., Curtis, T., Entz, M., Khakbazan, M., Larney, F., Lemke, R., Lupwayi, N., Kapiniak, A., Peng, G., Ramirez, G.H., Semach, G., St.Luce, M., Strydhorst, S., Tidemann, B., Gan, Y. Evaluating cropping systems for productivity, sustainability, and resilience in Northern Alberta. 2022 Beaverlodge Research Farm Spring Seminars held using MS Teams on April 1, 2022, and organized by J. Otani at Beaverlodge, Alberta.

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  5. Alexander Gill, Sandeep Tamber and Xianqin Yang. 2022. Standard Methods for the Bacteriological Analysis of Meat in Encyclopedia of Meat Sciences

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  6. Zhang P, Yang X, Björkroth J. 2022. Genetic Characteristics of the Transmissible Locus of Stress Tolerance (tLST) and tLST Harboring Escherichia coli as Revealed by Large-Scale Genomic Analysis. Appl Environ Microbiol 0:e02185-21.

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  7. Turkington, T.K. 2022. Western Co-operative 2-row barley test disease reaction report for the Disease Evaluation Team, Prairie Recommending Committee for Oat and Barley (PRCOB), Prairie Grain Development Committee (PGDC), March 1-3, 2022. (Virtual).

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  8. Khanal, N., Yoder, C., Rahman, N. and Gauthier T. (2022). Peace Region Forage Cultivar Testing (PRFCT) Program: Annual Report 2021. Coordinated by Peace Region Forage Seed Association in collaboration with
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Beaverlodge Research Farm, Alberta

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  9. Khanal, N., Rahman, N., Yoder, C. and Gauthier, T. (2022) Integrating genetic, agronomic & economic approach to improving environmental adaptability & end use quality of creeping red fescue: Progress till February 2022. Canadian Ornamental Horticulture Alliance, Annual Research Webinar, February 17, 2022

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  10. Bixby M, Payne A, Polinsky M, Guarna MM, Rangel J. (2022) The Impacts of Covid-19 on Beekeeping Operations in Canada and the United States. American Bee Journal February 2022 Vol. 162 No. 2

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