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
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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
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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. Bixby M, Polinsky M, Scarlett R, Higo H, Common J, Hoover S, Foster LJ, Zayed A, Cunningham M, Guarna MM. (2021) Impacts of COVID-19 on Canadian Beekeeping: Survey Results and a Profitability Analysis, Journal of Economic Entomology. toab180, https://doi.org/10.1093/jee/toab180

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  2. Khanal, N., Yoder, C. L., Azooz, R., Rahman, N., Otani, J. K., Klein-Gebbinck, H., Leighton P. M. & Gauthier T. M. (2021) Is plant growth regulator application reliable option for forage seed crop management in the Peace River region of Canada? In proceedings of Tri-Society Virtual Conference - Innovation In Plant Science And Agricultural Resilience. J u l y 5 - 9 , 2 0 2 1; p 62. https://phytopath.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/TriSociety-Flipbook.pdf

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  3. Khanal, N., Yoder, C., Azooz, R., Rahman, N., Otani, J., Klein-Gebbinck, H., Leighton, P. M., & Gauthier, T. (2021) Responses of Forage Grass Seed Crops to Plant Growth Regulators in the Peace River Region of Canada [Abstract]. ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT. https://scisoc.confex.com/scisoc/2021am/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/133907

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  4. Khanal, N., Yoder, C. L., Azooz, R., Rahman, N., Otani, J. K., Klein-Gebbinck, H., Leighton P. M. & Gauthier T. M. (2021) Can plant growth regulators be dependable tool for forage seed crop agronomy? An invited presentation in a Webinar organized by Alberta Forage Industry Network on July 21, 2021.

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  5. Khanal, N. Rahman, N., Leighton M., Gansevles P. (2021) Forage seed crops research update of 2020-2021: Creeping red fescue, meadow bromegrass and timothy. Webinar presented in the Peace Region Forage Seed Association’s Annual General Meeting and Webinar held on March 10, 2021.

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  6. A Year of Firsts for PGDC - https://germination.ca/a-year-of-firsts-for-pgdc/

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  7. Guyader, J., Baron, V.S., Beauchemin, K.A. (2021). Effect of harvesting corn after frost in alberta (Canada) on whole-plant yield, nutritive value, and kernel properties, 11(3), http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/agronomy11030459

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  8. Khanal, N. (2021) CAP ASC No. 15 – Activity # 3A Integrating genetic, agronomic & economic approach to improving environmental adaptability & end-use quality of creeping red fescue. Presented in the Canadian Ornamental Horticulture Cluster Webinar conducted on February 23, 2021.

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  9. W. Barragán, J.L. Aalhus, G. Penner, M.E.R. Dugan, M. Juárez, Ó. López-Campos, P. Vahmani, J. Segura, J. Angulo and N. Prieto, 2020. Authentication of barley-finished beef using visible and near infrared spectroscopy (Vis-NIRS) and different discrimination approaches. Meat Science,172,108342.

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  10. Bruce, H.L., Holdstock, J., Uttaro, B.E., Larsen, I.L., Aalhus, J.L. (2021). Extent of dark-cutting in beef carcasses graded Canada B4, 172 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.meatsci.2020.108363

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