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

Research is increasing the productivity of cereal, pulse and crops throughout the value chain by developing enhanced germplasm, mitigating crop losses due to diseases and improving food quality. Scientists are identifying and using new resistance genes to reduce losses from pests and disease, addressing threats to the value chain (insects and mycotoxins in stored grains),and developing integrated crop management tools (nutrient and pest management, agronomy) to support the production of major crops grown in western Canada.

Scientists are identifying Canadian crops and agri-food products with bioactive or functional properties of economic interest, studying their nutritional and physiochemical properties, and their bio-functional health and wellness benefits. This identification of food attributes helps to differentiate Canadian agri-food products and ingredients while meeting quality and cost requirements.

The development and implementation of beneficial management practices for improved soil and water quality is enhancing the environmental performance of crop production. This includes research on:

  • Forage and cropping systems
  • Soil nutrient transport
  • Nutrient and manure management
  • Irrigation and drainage management and irrigation scheduling
  • Soil moisture and salinity monitoring

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.

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Morden, MB R6M 1Y5
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Scientists and researchers

Research Assistant
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Andriy Bilichak
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

 

Retired - 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
Retired - 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

 

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 Lovemore Malunga
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Maria Antonia Henriquez
Research Scientist - Cereal, Oilseed and Pulse Pathology
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 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. Bykova NV, Radovanovic N, Huang M, Rampitsch M, Yao Z, Wijesinghe MKPS, Junjie Hu-Skrzenta J (2023) Multilevel regulation of seed dormancy and germination in hexaploid wheat revealed through proteogenomic, redox proteomic, and biochemical approaches. The 5th Conference of the International Plant Proteomics Organization – ThessInPPO2023, Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia, Greece, May 22-25, 2023.

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  2. C. Kodikara, N. Bandara, T. Netticadan, S. Sura, C. Wijekoon (2023 March 30). Bioactive profiling of Prairie Berries. The American Chemical Society Spring Meeting (ACS Spring) March 2023

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  3. *Foroud NA, González-Peña Fundora D, Stasiuk S, Eranthodi A, Ryabova D, Shostak K, Subramaniam R, Rampitsch C, Sridhar P, Sharma T, Loewen M, Thakor N. Modification of the mitogen-activation protein kinase kinase 1 (Mkk1) activation loop in Fusarium graminearum. 16th European Fungal Genetics Congress; Fusarium Workshop. Innsbruck, AUSTRIA. March 5-8, 2023. (Oral Presentation)

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  4. Natalia V. Bykova, Christof Rampitsch, Abir U. Igamberdiev, Plant proteomics: From the molecular basis of biological processes to a systems biology perspective, Journal of Plant Physiology, Volume 280, 2023, 153880, ISSN 0176-1617, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jplph.2022.153880.

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  5. V. Weerasinghe, J.R. Tucker, A. Badea, W.G. D. Fernando, C. Wijekoon (2023 Jan 19-20) Effect of bacterial endophytes in mycotoxin production of barley. Rapid fire symposium at CCARM. Winnipeg (In person)- Oral presentation

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  6. C. Kodikara, S. Sura, N. Bandara, T. Netticadan, C. Wijekoon (2023 Jan 19-20) Metabolomics assisted investigation of bioactive compounds in prairie berries. Rapid fire symposium at CCARM. Winnipeg

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  7. B. Semenko, R. Nandasiri, H. Nandha, C. Wijekoon, S.R. Cook, G. Ross, M. Suh (2023 Jan 19-20). Vegetable processing to improve anti-diabetic properties for northern communities. Rapid fire symposium at CCARM. Winnipeg

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  8. Dinushika Thambugala, Colin Hiebert, Brent McCallum, Mallorie Lewarne, Andriy Bilichak, Curtis Pozniak, Guus Bakkeren, Harmeet Singh Chawla, Curt McCartney (2023) Fine mapping of the wheat leaf rust resistance gene Lr2a. International Plant and Animal Genome Conference, January 13-18, 2023, San Diego

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  9. Cloutier S, Zheng C, Rashid K, Molina O, Edwards T, Lévesque-Lemay, Froese S, Jackle K, House M, Young L, Booker H, Ta’ran B, You F (2023) Fusarium wilt resistance in flax is controlled by a major gene on chromosome 1. Flax Genomics Workshop, Proc 30th Plant and Animal Genome Conference, San Diego, CA, Jan 13-18 (oral – invited)

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  10. Colin W. Hiebert, Jyoti Saini Sharma, Tom Fetch, Brent D. McCallum, Matthew Moscou, Wolfgang Spielmeyer (2023) The Sr12 region is involved in enhanced stem rust resistance in lines carrying Lr34 or SuSr-D1 mutant alleles in wheat. International Plant and Animal Genome Conference, January 13-18, 2023, San Diego

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