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, which include:

Livestock research is improving the economic stability of beef production by reducing the cost of overwintering beef cows, increasing the value, yield and quality of pasture and forage resources while lowering production costs. Best management practices are evaluated in the field for their impact on livestock production as well as soil and water resources. Genomic and phenomic information are used to develop animal selection tools and carcass grading prediction tools for several species. As part of Other Livestock, the apiculture (honey bee) program in Beaverlodge focuses on detection and management of bee diseases and pests.

Integrated meat science focuses on developing sustainable meat production systems in Canada, research on meat production, quality, preservation, and safety, with an emphasis on enhancing the microbiological safety and storage stability of meat.

Scientists are evaluating canola, cereal and field pea breeding lines and germplasm with improved disease resistance, adapted to the Northern and Parkland short-season environments of Western Canada. Agro-ecosystem research includes watershed and landscape assessment and management planning. Northern and Parkland agriculture focuses on integrated field crop, forage, weed, plant disease, insect pest management strategies, and field pea breeding.

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.

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Scientists and researchers

Biology study leader - bioinformatics
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Biologist, Food Microbiology
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Devin Holman
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 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 Biologist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Research Scientist
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 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. Holman, D.B., Gzyl, K.E., Scott, H., Service, C., Prieto, N., López-Campos, Ó. 2024. Associations between the rumen microbiota and carcass merit and meat quality in beef cattle. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol.108(1):287. doi: 10.1007/s00253-024-13126-1.

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  2. Tidemann BD, Innes G, Cock C, Geddes CM (2023) Developing a decision support system to aid in selection of multiple effective mode of action tank mixes. Western Society of Weed Science Annual Meeting, March 4 - 7, 2024. Denver, Colorado.

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  3. Bhattarai, K., Khanal, N., Lupwayi, N., Malinda Thilakarathna, M., and Rahman, N. (2024) Soil aggregate stability and organic carbon after a decade of cropping system diversification. A poster presented in the 60th Alberta Soil Science Workshop held in Lethbridge, Alberta on February 20 to 22, 2024.

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  4. Javed, M.Q.; Kovalchuk, I.; Yevtushenko, D.; Yang, X.; Stanford, K. Relationship between Desiccation Tolerance and Biofilm Formation in Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli. Microorganisms 2024, 12, 243. https:// doi.org/10.3390/microorganisms12020243

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  5. Tidemann BD, Bowness Davidson R, Sharpe S, Kubota H, Olson M (2024) Leaning into lupins: Investigating herbicide options to support adoption in the Canadian Prairies. Feet in the field, eyes on the stars (RDAR Showcase). Leduc, AB. January 11, 2024.

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  6. Pernal SF, Plettner E (2024) Field trials of a new acaricidal compound against Varroa destructor in honey bee colonies. (Interim Project Update - Year 3) Hivelights 37(1): 17-18.

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  7. Claing G, Ellsworth S, Ferland J, Janser M, Kempers M, Kozak P, Maund C, Menzies C, Micholson D, Morfin N, Muirhead S, Nasr M, Pernal S, Sproule J, van Westendorp P, Wilson G (2023) CAPA statement on honey bee wintering losses in Canada (2023). Claing G, Ellsworth S, Ferland J, Janser M, Kempers M, Kozak P, Maund C, Menzies C, Micholson D, Morfin N, Muirhead S, Nasr M, Pernal S, Sproule J, van Westendorp P, Wilson G (2023) CAPA statement on honey bee wintering losses in Canada (2023). https://capabees.com/shared/CAPA-Statement-on-Colony-Losses-2022-2023_final.pdf

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  8. Lee, C., Zaheer, R., Munns, K., Holman, D.B., Van Domselaar, G., Zovoilis, A., McAllister, T.A. (2023). Effect of Antimicrobial Use in Conventional Versus Natural Cattle Feedlots on the Microbiome and Resistome. Microorganisms, [online] 11(12), http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/microorganisms11122982

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  9. Tidemann BD, Geddes CM, Sharpe SM (2023) Investigating the 2014-2017 Prairie Herbicide Resistance Samples for False Cleavers (Galium spurium) Response to Quinclorac. Canadian Weed Science Society Annual Meeting, Winnipeg, MB. 2023/11/20 - 2023/11/23

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  10. Khanal, N. and Klein-Gebbinck, H. (2023) Recent observations of foliar diseases on fall growth of creeping red fescue seed crop stand in the Peace region. The Forage Seed News, Fall 2023, Vol 30, Issue 2, pp 26-27.

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