London Research and Development Centre

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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. 

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

Sector Needs

The London RDC carries out innovative research, development, technology and knowledge transfer activities in support of the AAFC's Strategic Plan for Science, which includes:

Research in clean technology seeks to expand yield and quality of agricultural products, increase resource use efficiencies while reducing waste and addressing concerns about toxicity and safety to the environment.  

Horticulture research emphasizes plant protection and improvement of high-value crops including fruit and vegetables, development of alternative pest and disease control, and integration of biopesticides into pest management practices.

Research in environmental microbiology and chemistry is conducted with the goal of protecting environmental and human health. This research includes expertise in molecular microbiology, analytical chemistry, the ecology of pathogens, and toxicology to improve our ability to assess risks from emerging microbial and chemical contaminants and validate remediation strategies.

Research in developing crop improvements by harnessing the genetic potential of plants.

  • Develop tools to improve the quality traits and productivity of crops.
  • Identify, track and control plant pathogens and insect pests.
  • Develop tools to prevent the development of disease and insect resistance.

Meet our Scientists

Find out more about the scientists at London 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.

1391 Sandford Street
London, ON N5V 4T3
Canada
(519) 457-1470

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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 Jonathan Griffiths
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Michael Fruci
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Tara Dawne Gariepy
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image YUHAI CUI
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Frédéric Marsolais
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Ian Scott
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 Sergio Paulo
Director
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Tahera Sultana
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Publications

  1. Griffiths JS, McCreary C, Marchand G, Wang A. 2024. The future of ToBRFV: Resistance and management. Greenhouse Canada, May 2024.

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  2. Akanwari J and Sultana, T (2024). Eradication Dilemma: the virus transmitting nematode Xiphinema diversicaudatum resurfaces to ravage Ontario’s fruit production. Ontario Fruit and Vegetables Convention, Niagara Fall, ON, Canada.

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  3. Borrego-Benjumea A, Akanwari J, Aubry E, Sultana T (2024) Plant Parasitic Nematodes: an emerging concern to highbush blueberry in Southern Ontario. Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Convention, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. 21-22 February.

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  4. Aubry, E. & Sultana T. (2024): Use of mixed covers: a preferred approach to manage plant-parasitic nematodes under spinach cultivation. Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Conference, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. 21 February.

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  5. Hannoufa A., Nasrollahi V., Allam G., Hanly A., Kohalmi S.E. (2024) Nodulation and drought response are regulated through the miR156/SPL9 gene network in Medicago sativa. Plant and Animal Genomics 31, San Diego, CA, January 12-17, 2024.

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  6. Akanwari J and Sultana, T (2023). Emerging threat of ring nematode in Ontario’s fruit crop production: What we know so far. Ontario Pest Management Conference, Guelph, ON. November, 7.

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  7. S. Sura, M.A. Henriquez, S. Walkowiak, D.A. Kaminski, A. Kirk, M.W. Sumarah, N. Kepeshchuk, J. Carlson, P. de Rocquigny and H. Derksen, “NX-Toxins from Fusarium graminearum isolates in western Canada”, Poster Presentation, World Mycotoxin Forum, 14th Conference, Antwerp, Belgium, Oct 9-11, 2023.

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  8. S. Sura, M.A. Henriquez, S. Walkowiak, D.A. Kaminski, A. Kirk, M.W. Sumarah, N. Kepeshchuk, J. Carlson, P. de Rocquigny and H. Derksen, “NX-Toxins from Fusarium graminearum isolates in western Canada”, Poster Presentation, World Mycotoxin Forum, 14th Conference, Antwerp, Belgium, Oct 9-11, 2023.

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  9. Aubry, E. & Sultana, T. (2023): Identifying a new nematicide to control northern root-knot nematode infection in greenhouse strawberry production. Canadian Greenhouse Conference, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. 4 October.

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  10. Aubry, E. & Sultana, T. (2023): Identifying a new nematicide to control northern root-knot nematode infection in greenhouse strawberry production. Canadian Greenhouse Conference, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. 4 October.

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