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 carries out innovative research, development, technology and knowledge transfer activities in support of the AAFC's Strategic Plan for Science.

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. Smith T, Hoover SE, Labuschagne R, Pernal SF, Rueppell O (2022) Beyond body size: Using honey bee queen behaviour to predict queen quality and colony success. 2022 Entomological Society of America, Entomological Society of Canada and Entomological Society of British Columbia Joint Annual Meeting, 13-16 Nov 2022, Vancouver, BC.

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  2. Pernal SF, Lu R, Ibrahim A, Macias-Samano J, Plettner E Field trials of a new compound to control Varroa destructor, an ectoparasite of honey bees (Apis mellifera). 2022 Entomological Society of America, Entomological Society of Canada and Entomological Society of British Columbia Joint Annual Meeting, 13-16 Nov 2022, Vancouver, BC.

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  3. MacInnis CI, Luong L, Pernal SF (2022) Two's a party, is three a crowd?: How honey bees respond to infection with Nosema ceranae and Lotmaria passim. 2022 Entomological Society of America, Entomological Society of Canada and Entomological Society of British Columbia Joint Annual Meeting, 13-16 Nov 2022, Vancouver, BC.

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  4. Raičević J , Cunningham M, Griffiths JS, Wu L, Pernal, SF, Deckers T, Tran L, Ortega Polo, Zorz J, Clarke K, Newman T, Lansing L, Rott ME, Bilodeau GJ, Bishop C, Jabbari H, Guarna MM (2022) Honey bees as biomonitors of plant pathogens, pesticides, and antimicrobial resistance. EurBee 9 – 9th European Congress of Apidology Proceedings, p. 352, 20-22 September 2022, Belgrade, Serbia. (Poster) https://zenodo.org/record/7239012#.Y4BgMnbMKUk

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  5. Hoover SE, Melathopoulos AP, Waytes R, Robinson S, Pernal SF, Adamidis G, Cartar RV (2021) A sweet relationship: bees and canola production in Canada. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Manitoba, 77: 79, 3-4 Dec 2021,Winnipeg, MB.

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  6. Fang, Y., Stanford, K., Yang, X. (2022). Lactic Acid Resistance and Population Structure of Escherichia coli from Meat Processing Environment. Microbiology Spectrum, [online] 10(5), e0135222. http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/spectrum.01352-22

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  7. Zhang, P., Ruan, E., Holman, D.B., Yang, X. (2022). Effects of a Carnobacterium maltaromaticum strain at natural contamination levels on the microbiota of vacuum-packaged beef steaks during chilled storage. Food Science and Technology - LWT, [online] 168 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.lwt.2022.113944

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  8. Ferland, J, Kempers M, Kennedy K, Kozak P, Lafrenière R, Maund C, Menzies C, Mesher C, Muirhead S, Nasr M, Pernal S, Sproule J, van Westendorp P, Wilson G (2022) CAPA report on honey bee wintering losses in Canada (2022). https://capabees.com/shared/CAPA-Statement-on-Colony-Losses-2021-2022-FV.pdf

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  9. Pernal SF, Borba R, Hoover SE, Currie RW, Guarna MM, Giovenazzo P, Zayed A, Foster LJ (2022) Analysis of pathogens associated with winter colony losses in Canada. 47th International Apimondia Congress, pp. 42-43, 24-28 Aug 2022, Istanbul, Turkey.
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  10. Pernal SF, Plettner E, Lu R, Rueppell O, Macías-Sámano J, Ibrahim A (2022) A new acaricidal compound against Varroa. 47th Apimondia International Apimondia Congress, p. 8, 24-28 Aug 2022, Istanbul,Turkey. https://www.apimondia.org/uploads/7/6/4/3/76436993/47th_apimondia_congres_abstract_book_compressed.pdf

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