London Research and Development Centre

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  • Vegetables
  • Field
  • Flour

The London Research and Development Centre (London RDC) located in London, Ontario was established in 1951. It is one of the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's (AAFC) network of 20 research and development centres. 

The Centre is associated with two satellite locations:

  • Research and containment level greenhouse facilities at London; and

  • Research Farm at Vineland Station focused on alternative and environmentally acceptable crop protection technologies for tree fruits and small fruits.

Areas of Research

AAFC scientists at the London RDC conduct research on field crops and bio-based products/processes, develop and transfer technologies for integrated pest management strategies and lead research in crop genomics and biotechnology. The centre also supports research on air, water and nutrients.

The centre is one of seven sites for AAFC’s Minor Use Pesticide Program where potential pest management trials are conducted to support Canadian growers and industries. 

Sector Needs

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

Scientists and researchers

Image Mathieu Rioux
Research Scientist, Adjunct Professor
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Aiming Wang
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Antonet Maria Svircev
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Cam Donly
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Christopher Garnham
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Michael Fruci
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image YUHAI CUI
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Ed Topp
Principal Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Frédéric Marsolais
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Igor Lalin
Data Analyst
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Justin Renkema
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Lisa Amyot
Commercialization Officer Intern
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Mark W Sumarah
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Oualid (Walid) Ellouz
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Rima Menassa
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Robert J. Wismer
Biologist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Ryan Austin
Research Scientist, Adjunct Professor
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Sangeeta Dhaubhadel
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Tahera Sultana
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Publications

  1. Marsolais F. (2019) Soybean Research Initiatives. Oral presentation. Soy Canada Annual General Meeting. London, June 18, 2019.

    2020 - View publication details

  2. Cui Y (2020) Towards improving soybean storage protein content. Ontario Soybean and Canola Crop Committee Research Meeting. London, January 22.

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  3. Hannoufa A, Feyissa BA, Kohalmi SE (2020) Medicago sativa L (alfalfa) employs molecular physiological strategies to regulate drought response through the miR156-SPL13-DFR module. XXVIII Plant and Animal Genome Conference, San Diego, CA, USA, January 11-15, 2020

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  4. Griffiths, J., Ellouze, W. (2019) Research activities working towards identifying causes of tree fruit decline. Orchard Network Newsletter, December 2019. p. 6-7.

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  5. Marsolais F, Hou A, Conner RL, Pajak A (2019) Development of edible bean germplasm lines with improved cysteine and methionine concentration. Poster presentation. 2019 Biennial Bean Improvement Cooperative Meeting. Fargo, ND, November 3-6

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  6. Reinprecht Y, Schram L, Qiu T, Baerg L, Marsolais F, Smith T, Pauls KP (2019) Effects of nitrogen application on nitrogen fixation in common bean production. 2019 Biennial Bean Improvement Cooperative Meeting. Fargo, ND, November 3-6

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  7. Wang, Z., Cáceres, L.A., Hossain, M.M., Abdallah, S.B., Ogbeide, O., Yao, Z., Renaud, J.B., Scott, I.M. (2019). The Antioxidant and Enzyme Inhibitory Activity of Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea (L.) Mill.) Bark Solvent Extracts and Pyrolysis Oil, 10(11), 3295-3306. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12649-018-00551-3

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  8. Nguyen HDT, Grunwald NJ, Abad ZG, Martin FN, Crouch J, Hambleton S, Dettman J, Liu M, Harris LJ, Castlebury L, Salagado-Salazar C, Cowger C, Ellouz O, Mollov D, Fall ML, Ling K, Griffifths J, Mahaffee W, Chen W, Sultata T, Yu Q, Carta LK, Skantar AM, Tambong J, Rogers E, Li S, Dumonceaux TJ, Widmer TL. The 2019 AAFC-USDA meeting on genotyping and monitoring of high-risk plant pathogens.

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  9. S. Gayder, A.J. Castle, A.M. Svircev. (2019). Phage-mediated biocontrol of Erwinia amylovora: screening for the ideal carrier. J Plant Pathol. 101: 849-83

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  10. Joshi, J., Renaud, J.B., Sumarah, M.W., Marsolais, F. (2019). Deciphering S-methylcysteine biosynthesis in common bean by isotopic tracking with mass spectrometry, 100(1), 176-186. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/tpj.14438

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