Lethbridge Research and Development Centre

  • Forages and Beef
  • Biodiversity and Bioresources
  • Cereal and Pulses

The Lethbridge Research and Development Centre (Lethbridge RDC) was established in 1906 in Lethbridge, Alberta. It is one the largest facilities within Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's (AAFC) network of 20 research and development centres. 

The Centre is associated with one satellite location: Vauxhall Research Farm.

Areas of Research

The Lethbridge RDC leads research on beef cattle production systems (health and welfare, food safety, microbiology); crop production (agronomy, breeding, genetics, pathology) and sustainable production systems under dryland and irrigated conditions associated with farming in a semi-arid climate.

Research activities focus on supporting the long-term competitiveness of the sector while reducing the environmental footprint of agricultural practices and maintaining the health and productivity of the agro-ecosystem.

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

Sector Needs

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

5403 1st Avenue South
Lethbridge, AB T1J 4B1
Canada
(403) 327-4561

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Scientists and researchers

Image André Laroche
Research Scientist in Functional Genomics of Cereals
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Brian Beres
Senior Research Scientist - Agronomy
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Wade Abbott
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Charles M. Geddes
Research Scientist - Weed Ecology and Cropping Systems
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Dr. Elham Rahmani
Agriculture Research Data Analyst
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Emma C. Stephens
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Kevin Floate
Senior Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Reem Aboukhaddour
Research scientist, cereal pathologist
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Research Scientist
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Research Scientist
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Image Francis Larney
Research Scientist
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Research Scientist
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Image Haley A. Catton
Research Scientist - Field Crop Entomology
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Harpinder Singh Randhawa
Research Scientist, Spring Wheat Breeding
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Hector Carcamo
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image John Lu
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image JOHN D LAURIE
Research Scientist - Enabling Technologies
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Jonathan Neilson
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Justin Pahara
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Karen A, Beauchemin
Research Scientist, Ruminant Nutrition and Environment
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Karen Koenig
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein
Senior Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Keshav Singh
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Lawrence Kawchuk
Research Scientist
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Research Scientist
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Image Newton Lupwayi
Research Scientist
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Image Parthiba Balasubramanian
Research Scientist (Dry Bean Breeding)
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Image Raja Ragupathy
Research Scientist
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Image Raman Dhariwal
Research Biologist
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Research Scientist
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Image Robert Graf
Principal Research Scientist, Winter Wheat Breeding
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Image Rodrigo Ortega Polo
Biology Study Leader - Bioinformatics
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Roland Kröbel
Research Scientist
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Image Rosemarie De Clerck-Floate
Research Scientist - Weed Biological Control
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Research Scientist
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Image Stacy D Singer
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Syama Chatterton
Research Scientist
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Image Tim A. McAllister
Research Scientist, Ruminant Nutrition & Microbiology
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Trevor Ward Coates
Research Scientist
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Image Wenzhu Yang
Research Scientist
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Image Xiying Hao
Research Scientist
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Publications

  1. Klassen, L., Reintjes, G., Tingley, J.P., Jones, D.R., Hehemann, J.H., Smith, A.D., Schwinghamer, T.D., Arnosti, C., Jin, L., Alexander, T.W., Amundsen, C., Thomas, D., Amann, R., McAllister, T.A., Abbott, D.W. (2021). Quantifying fluorescent glycan uptake to elucidate strain-level variability in foraging behaviors of rumen bacteria, 9(1), http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s40168-020-00975-x

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  2. Tingley, J.P., Low, K.E., Xing, X., Abbott, D.W. (2021). Combined whole cell wall analysis and streamlined in silico carbohydrate-active enzyme discovery to improve biocatalytic conversion of agricultural crop residues, 14(1), http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13068-020-01869-8

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  3. Ensing, DJ, R Bourchier, R De Clerck-Floate, V Miller, S Turner, C Moffat. 2021. 30 years of biological control of invasive spotted knapweed in British Columbia. ISCBC Invasive Species Research Conference, Virtual, 06-07 October 2021.

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  4. Catton H, van Herk W, Saguez J and Svendsen E (2021) Guide to pest wireworms in Canadian
    Prairie field crop production. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.

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  5. Dufton, S.V., Laird, R.A., Floate, K.D., Otani, J.K. (2021). Diversity, rate, and distribution of wheat midge parasitism in the Peace River region of Alberta, Canada, 153(4), 461-469. http://dx.doi.org/10.4039/tce.2021.7

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  6. Willsey, T., Patey, J., Vucurevich, C., Chatterton, S., Carcamo, H. (2021). Evaluation of foliar and seed treatments for integrated management of root rot and pea leaf weevil in field pea and faba bean, 143 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cropro.2021.105538

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  7. Moote, P.E., Bescucci, D.M., Polo, R.O., Uwiera, R.R.E., Inglis, G.D. (2021). Comparison of Strategies for Isolating Anaerobic Bacteria from the Porcine Intestine, 87(9), 1-23. http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/AEM.00088-21

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  8. An, H., Owens, J., Beres, B., Li, Y., Hao, X. (2021). Nitrous oxide emissions with enhanced efficiency and conventional urea fertilizers in winter wheat, 119(3), 307-322. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10705-021-10118-9

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  9. Zhang, X.M., Smith, M.L., Gruninger, R.J., Kung, L., Vyas, D., McGinn, S.M., Kindermann, M., Wang, M., Tan, Z.L., Beauchemin, K.A. (2021). Combined effects of 3-nitrooxypropanol and canola oil supplementation on methane emissions, rumen fermentation and biohydrogenation, and total tract digestibility in beef cattle, 99(4), http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jas/skab081

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  10. Charles F. Nicholson, Emma C. Stephens, Birgit Kopainsky, Philip K. Thornton, Andrew D. Jones, David Parsons, James Garrett,
    Food security outcomes in agricultural systems models: Case examples and priority information needs,
    Agricultural Systems,
    Volume 188,
    2021,
    103030,
    ISSN 0308-521X,
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agsy.2020.103030.
    (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308521X2030891X)
    Abstract: Analyses of food security with agricultural systems models often focus on indicators of food availability, with limited treatment of the other three dimensions: food access, stability and utilization. We illustrate how three indicators of access (food consumption expenditures, a food insecurity scale and dietary diversity) and their stability can be incorporated into a dynamic household-level model of a maize-based production system in the Kenya highlands and a dynamic regional model of sheep production and marketing in Mexico. Although stylized due to limits on empirical evidence, the analyses suggest that inclusion of multiple access indicators can provide insights because the indicators respond differently to production shocks, demand growth and programs providing production subsidies. We also illustrate how to examine stability of food security outcomes in response to shocks using metrics of hardness (ability to withstand shocks) and elasticity (ability to return to previous conditions). The data required for more widespread empirical implementation of these methods include measurement—preferably at frequent intervals over time—of food access indicators, but also their determinants and linkages to outcomes in agricultural systems models. Analyses of food access and stability will be most valuable for assessments of food security impacts of climate change, when food systems are undergoing transformative change and to identify priority interventions and target audiences.
    Keywords: Food security; Agricultural systems models; Food access; Stability

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