Morden Research and Development Centre

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The Morden Research and Development Centre (Morden RDC) was established in 1915 in Morden, Manitoba. It is one of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's (AAFC) network of 20 research and development centres. 

The Centre is associated with four satellite locations:

  • The Canadian Centre for Agri-Food Research in Health and Medicine (CCARM), located at the Albrechtsen Research Centre;

  • The Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals (RCFFN), located at the University of Manitoba, Fort Garry campus;

  • The Canadian Centre for Grain Storage Research, located at the University of Manitoba, Fort Garry campus; and

  • The Cereal Quality Laboratory, located in Winnipeg.

Areas of Research

The Morden RDC conducts research in cereal (wheat, oats and barley), pulse, and oilseed (flax and sunflower) crop pathology; genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics; breeding and genetic enhancement of dry beans and soybean; crop production systems; stored-grain products; bioactive and quality traits to improve food for health; and sustainable and profitable agri-systems and agro-ecosystem health.

The Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals focuses on value-added functional foods and nutraceuticals which offer health promotion, performance enhancement, disease prevention, and management. The Canadian Centre for Agri-Food Research in Health and Medicine is dedicated to understanding the potential health-related benefits found in nutraceuticals, functional foods, and natural health products derived from Canadian grown crops and plants.

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

Sector Needs

The Morden 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 Morden 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.

Route 100, Unit 100-101
Morden, MB R6M 1Y5
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(204) 822-7556

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Scientists and researchers

Research Assistant
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Anfu Hou
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Brent McCallum
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Champa Wijekoon
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Christof Rampitsch
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Jyoti Saini Sharma
PRP-Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Nancy Ames
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Paul Fields
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Srinivas Sura
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Thomas Netticadan
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Biology Study Leader - Bioinformatics
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Heather Blewett
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image James Garner Menzies
Research Scientist - Phytopathologist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Lead, Agroecosystem Resilience
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Maria Antonia Henriquez
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Natalia V Bykova
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Dr. M Nazrul (Naz) Islam
Research Scientist (Crop Pathology & Soil Microbiology)
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Oscar Molina
Research Scientist - Cropping Systems
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Sijo Joseph (Thandapilly)
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Thomas Fetch
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Vincent Hervet
Research scientist (entomology)
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Xiben Wang
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Publications

  1. Cloutier S, Fedak G, Fatima F, Bartaula S, McCallum B, Henriquez MA, Blackwell B, Aboukhaddour R, Foster A, Hiebert C, Humphreys G, Mccartney C, Pozniak C, You F (2022) Wheat Pre-breeding: the struggle(s) and potential. Proc. 37th Plant Sciences Graduate Students’ Symposium 2022, March 4-5, Virtual (oral)

    2022 - View publication details

  2. Western Soybean Protein. Presentation at Northern Soybean Summit. Soy Canada. 25 January 2022.

    2022 - View publication details

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

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  4. Cloutier S, Fedak G, Fatima F, Bartaula S, McCallum B, Henriquez MA, Blackwell B, Aboukhaddour R, Foster A, Hiebert C, Humphreys G, McCartney C, Pozniak C, You F (2021) The challenges and promises of pre-breeding. Can Soc Plant Biol – Eastern Regional Meeting. Virtual, Nov 27 (oral keynote plenary)

    2021 - View publication details

  5. Hou, A. and Conner, R.L. Dry bean variety development at AAFC-Morden. Pulse Beat (Fall/Winter 2021) P.45-46.

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  6. Harvey C, Araujo GT, Frick M, Laroche A, Laurie JD, Graf RJ, Bilichak A. A genetic approach to improve wheat resilience to emerging stripe rust isolates using novel R gene sequences from Thinopyrum intermedium. Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Meeting (Virtual) of the Plant Pathology Society of Alberta, Edmonton, AB 2021/11/04 - 2020/11/05. Oral presentation T1.

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  7. Suo, R.Z., Mwaniki, A., Zheng, C.F., Jia, B., You, F.M., Conner, R.L., Xu, W.1 and Hou, A. QTL identification of seed hardness traits in a diverse genetic panel of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris). Poster presentation. Bean Improvement Cooperative Biennial Meeting (Virtual), November 2-3, 2021.

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  8. Turkington, T.K. and McCallum, B. 2021. AAFC Prairie Biovigilance Wheat Leaf Spot Survey – 2021. 2021 Cereal Disease Situation Report, compiled by T.K. Turkington and H.R. Kutcher. 46th Annual Meeting of the Western Committee on Plant Disease, October 28th, 2021 (online).

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  9. Debnath, S.C., Ross, K., Siow, Y., Simms, D and Ellsworth, S. (2021). “Molecular variation, genetic structure and antioxidants in Vaccinium germplasm.”, Book of abstracts, XII International Vaccinium Symposium, August 30 - September 1, 2021 (virtual), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; p. 13. Abstract.

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