Ottawa Research and Development Centre

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The Ottawa Research and Development Centre (Ottawa RDC) located in Ottawa, Ontario was established in 1886 by the Government of Canada under The Experimental Farm Station Act. It is one of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's (AAFC) network of 20 research and development centres. 

Areas of Research

Ottawa Research and Development Centre’s regional mandate is to develop new and improved spring and winter wheat, oats, barley, corn and short-season soybeans varieties and investigate agronomic practices and technologies for eastern Canada.

The Centre houses several national biological collections and leads biosystematics research on insects/arachnids/nematodes, fungi/bacteria and vascular plants relevant to agriculture, including biological control of invasive species. Ottawa RDC leads national research in carbon and nitrogen cycling in air, water and soil.

In addition, the National Identification Services (NIS) helps various agencies by providing authoritative identification of insects/nematodes, plants, fungi, and bacteria as required by various federal and provincial legislations.

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

Sector Needs

The Ottawa 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 Ottawa 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 Andrew M. Davidson
Manager, Earth Observation Operations, AAFC Centre for AgroClimate, Geomatics and Earth Observation (ACGEO)
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Anissa Lybaert
Manager, Division of Biological Collections
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Anna Pacheco
Senior National Coordinator, Living Laboratories Division
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Bahram Samanfar
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Brian Grant
Agroecosystem Model Developer
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Catherine Champagne
Environmental Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Research Technician, Mycology
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image David R. Lapen
Research Scientist: Environmental Change One Health Observatory, Environmental Quality, Hydrology, BMPs, Biodiversity, Landscape Ecology, Soil Health, Climate Change, Modeling, Ecosystem Services, Microplastics, Indigenous Food/Water Security
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Adam Brunke
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Aida Kebede
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Allen Xue
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Andrew Burt
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Andrew M.R. Bennett
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Andrew VanderZaag
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Bao-Luo Ma
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Devon Radford
Computational Biologist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Edward Gregorich
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Eden S. P. Bromfield
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Elizabeth Pattey
Principal Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Franck Stefani
Research scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Research scientist (PRP)
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Heather McNairn
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Hume Douglas
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image James T. Tambong
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Linda J. Harris
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Marla Schwarzfeld
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Miao (Mindy) Liu
Research Scientist, Mycologist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Owen Lonsdale
Collection Manager, CNC
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Peter Mason
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Research Scientist (Nematode Taxonomist)
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Raymond Desjardins
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Research Scientist, Mycologist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Tyler William Smith
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Warren Cardinal-McTeague
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Elizabeth Brauer
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Elroy R. Cober
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Émilie D. Tremblay
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Frank You
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Biodiversity Data Manager
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image James Ashton
Agri-Gematics Manager
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Jean-Sébastien Parent
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Biodiversity Data Manager
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Julie Chapados
Acting Associate Director - ORDC
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Leander Campbell
Remote Sensing Specialist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image MALCOLM J Morrison
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Soil Information Specialist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Nicholas Tinker
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image JingQi
Physical Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Scott Redhead
Research Scientist (mycology); Curator - National Mycological Herbarium
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Manager, National Collection of Vascular Plants (DAO) and Canadian National Mycological Herbarium (DAOM)
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Sylvie Cloutier
Principal Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Research Technician
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Tara Rintoul
Collections Manager
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Ward Smith
Scientist - Agroecosystem Modelling
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Wubishet Abebe Bekele
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Publications

  1. In this work we characterize a mycotoxin virulence factor from the economically important cereal pathogen Fusarium graminearum. The gramillin mycotoxin promotes pathogen growth in barley and maize though one variety of barley shows genetic resistance to gramillin. The relationship between gramillin resistance and Fusarium head blight resistance is discussed along with potential mechanisms for gramillin resistance.

    2022 - View publication details

  2. This work describes efforts to identify genes involved in germination and dormancy in barley as a way to help address preharvest sprouting in agriculture.

    2022 - View publication details

  3. Austin, A.D. and Bennett, A.M.R. Accepted Order Hymenoptera. In: Rogers, D.C. and Thorp, J.H (eds.). Thorp and Kovich’s Freshwater Invertebrates. Volume VI. Keys to Australasian Fauna. Academic Press.

    2022 - View publication details

  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 (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

  5. Budong Qian, Ward Smith, Yong Min Kim, Qi Jing, Brian Grant, Guillaume Jego, Scott Duguid, Ken Hester, Alison Nelson (2022) What will projected near-term climate mean for soybeans in Canada? Invited Keynote Speaker, Northern Soybean Summit, (Virtual) Toronto, Ontario, Canada. January 25, 2022..

    2022 - View publication details

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

    2022 - View publication details

  7. Schernthaner, J., Balcerzak, M., Murmu, J., Subramaniam, R. (2022). A Genotyping Protocol to Identify CRISPR/Cas9-Edited Events in Hexaploid Wheat. In: Bilichak, A., Laurie, J.D. (eds) Accelerated Breeding of Cereal Crops. Springer Protocols Handbooks. Humana, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-0716-1526-3_12

    2022 - View publication details

  8. Vasudevan A, Lévesque-Lemay Madeleine, Edwards Tara, Cloutier Sylvie (2022) Gene expression dynamics upon allopolyploidization: Global transcriptome analysis reveals large-scale repression of the ‘D’ subgenome in synthetic hexaploid wheat. Proc 29th Plant and Animal Genome Conference, Virtual, Jan 8-12 (oral)

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  9. Hadinezhad M., Carkner B. and Giles M. Quality Report Wheat Registration Tests Crop 2021; report #33 Ottawa-RDC

    2021 - View publication details

  10. Gallant B, Blatt S, Douglas HB, Labbe R, Makela K. 2021. How you can help protect Canada’s plant resources: report a plant pest. Bulletin of the Entomological Society of Canada, 53: #-#.

    2021 - View publication details