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.

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
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Image Brian Beres
Senior Research Scientist - Agronomy
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Image Wade Abbott
Research Scientist
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Image Charles M. Geddes
Research Scientist - Weed Ecology and Cropping Systems
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Research Scientist
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Image Emma C. Stephens
Research Scientist
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Image Kevin Floate
Senior Research Scientist
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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
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Image Harpinder Singh Randhawa
Research Scientist, Spring Wheat Breeding
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Image Hector Carcamo
Research Scientist
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Image JOHN D LAURIE
Research Scientist - Enabling Technologies
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Image Jonathan Neilson
Research Scientist
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Image Karen A, Beauchemin
Research Scientist, Ruminant Nutrition and Environment
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Image Karen Koenig
Research Scientist
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Image Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein
Senior Research Scientist
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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 Stacy D Singer
Research Scientist
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Image Syama Chatterton
Research Scientist
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Image Tim A. McAllister
Research Scientist, Ruminant Nutrition & Microbiology
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Image Wenzhu Yang
Research Scientist
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Image Xiying Hao
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Publications

  1. Beukers, A.G., Zaheer, R., Goji, N., Amoako, K.K., Chaves, A.V., Ward, M.P., McAllister, T.A. (2017). Comparative genomics of Enterococcus spp. isolated from bovine feces, 17(1), http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12866-017-0962-1

    2017 Comparative genomics of Enterococcus spp. isolated from bovine feces
  2. Webb, A.L., Kruczkiewicz, P., Selinger, L.B., Inglis, G.D., Taboada, E.N. (2015). Development of a comparative genomic fingerprinting assay for rapid and high resolution genotyping of Arcobacter butzleri, 15(1), http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12866-015-0426-4

    2015 Development of a comparative genomic fingerprinting assay for rapid and high resolution genotyping of Arcobacter butzleri
  3. Tang, X., Hao, X., Xu, S., Larney, F.J. (2016). Residual effects of novel versus traditional organic amendments for rain-fed notill barley: Yield, nutrient uptake, and N2O emissions, 24(4), 219-229. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1065657X.2015.1135766

    2016 Residual effects of novel versus traditional organic amendments for rain-fed notill barley: Yield, nutrient uptake, and N<inf>2</inf>O emissions
  4. Nkemka, V.N., Li, Y., Hao, X. (2016). Effect of thermal and alkaline pretreatment of giant miscanthus and Chinese fountaingrass on biogas production, 73(4), 849-856. http://dx.doi.org/10.2166/wst.2015.559

    2016 Effect of thermal and alkaline pretreatment of giant miscanthus and Chinese fountaingrass on biogas production
  5. Lim, S.S., Park, H.J., Hao, X., Lee, S.I., Jeon, B.J., Kwak, J.H., Choi, W.J. (2017). Nitrogen, carbon, and dry matter losses during composting of livestock manure with two bulking agents as affected by co-amendments of phosphogypsum and zeolite, 102 280-290. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoleng.2017.02.031

    2017 Nitrogen, carbon, and dry matter losses during composting of livestock manure with two bulking agents as affected by co-amendments of phosphogypsum and zeolite
  6. Larney, F.J., Pearson, D.C., Blackshaw, R.E., Lupwayi, N.Z. (2017). Soil changes over 12 yr of conventional vs. conservation management on irrigated rotations in Southern Alberta, 97(2), 249-265. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjss-2016-0141

    2017 Soil changes over 12 yr of conventional vs. conservation management on irrigated rotations in Southern Alberta
  7. Erlandson, M.A., Holowachuk, J., Sieminska, E.A., Hummel, J., Otani, J., Floate, K.D. (2017). Development of a multiplex polymerase chain reaction assay for the identification of common cutworm species (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) infesting canola in western Canada, 149(4), 540-548. http://dx.doi.org/10.4039/tce.2017.5

    2017 Development of a multiplex polymerase chain reaction assay for the identification of common cutworm species (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) infesting canola in western Canada
  8. Sandhu, K.S., You, F.M., Conner, R.L., Balasubramanian, P.M., Hou, A. Genetic analysis and QTL mapping of the seed hardness trait in a black common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) recombinant inbred line (RIL) population, 38(3), http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11032-018-0789-y

    2018 Genetic analysis and QTL mapping of the seed hardness trait in a black common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) recombinant inbred line (RIL) population