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:

Meet our Scientists

Find out more about the scientists at Lethbridge 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

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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Image Dr. Elham Rahmani
Agriculture Research Data Analyst
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Image Emma C. Stephens
Research Scientist
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Image Henry Wai Chau
Research Scientist (Soil Conservation and Land Resilience)
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Image Kevin Floate
Senior Research Scientist
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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
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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 Lu
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

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

 

Image Jonathan Challis
Research Scientist, Pesticide Chemistry & Ecotoxicology
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Image Justin Pahara
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

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

 

Image Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein
Senior Research Scientist
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Image Keshav Singh
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 Rodrigo Ortega Polo
Biology Study Leader - Bioinformatics
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Image Roland Kröbel
Research Scientist
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Image Rosemarie De Clerck-Floate
Research Scientist - Weed Biological Control
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Image Sandra Yanni
Research Scientist
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Research Scientist
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Image Stacy D Singer
Research Scientist
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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 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. Geddes, C.M. 2022. Fundamentals of weed control. 2022 Alberta Agronomy Update, Back to Basics Session. 2022-01-05.

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  2. Bilichak, A., & Laurie, J. D. (2022). Accelerated breeding of cereal crops. Humana Press.

    2022 - View publication details

  3. Cunningham, M.M., Tran, L., McKee, C.G., Ortega Polo, R., Newman, T., Lansing, L., Griffiths, J.S., Bilodeau, G.J., Rott, M., Marta Guarna, M. (2022). Honey bees as biomonitors of environmental contaminants, pathogens, and climate change, 134 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2021.108457

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  4. Laurie JD, Laroche A. 2021. COP26 Open Mic. Alberta Project Leads Science Conversations Series – Climate Change Focus. December 15, 2021.

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  5. Geddes, C.M. 2021. Herbicide Resistance – Act now before it’s too late. 2021 Manitoba Agronomists Conference. Dec 14-15, 2021. [Virtual]. (Oral Presentation).

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  6. T.K. Turkington, H. Klein-Gebbinck, K. Xi, B. Beres, R. Aboukhaddour, Prabhath Lokuruge, A. Mulenga, G. Peng, W. May, R. Mohr, G. Telmosse, D. Pageau, A. Foster, B. Blackwell, H. Kubota, B. Tidemann, and G. Semach. 2021. The impact of row spacing, seeding rate, and fungicide timing on leaf disease and fusarium damaged kernel severity, deoxynivalenol, and productivity of spring wheat. Proceedings of the 2021 National Fusarium Head Blight Forum, December 6-7, 2021. Page 30.

    2021 - View publication details

  7. 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. Microbiome, [online] 9(1), http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s40168-020-00975-x

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  8. Vankosky, M., H. Carcamo. 2021.The pea leaf weevil: an invasive pest that could impact field pea and faba bean production in Manitoba. Pulse Beat. Fall / Winter Edition. Pages 49 - 50.

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  9. 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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  10. Ran, T., Jin, L., Abeynayake, R., Saleem, A.M., Zhang, X., Niu, D., Chen, L., Yang, W. (2021). Effects of brewers’ spent grain protein hydrolysates on gas production, ruminal fermentation characteristics, microbial protein synthesis and microbial community in an artificial rumen fed a high grain diet, 12(1), http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s40104-020-00531-5

    2021 - View publication details