Ottawa Research and Development Centre

  • Wheat
  • Soil
  • Microscope

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.

Sector Needs

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

 

Scientists and researchers

Image Andrew M. Davidson
Manager, Earth Observation Operations, AAFC Centre for AgroClimate, Geomatics and Earth Observation (ACGEO)
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Image Bahram Samanfar
Research Scientist
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Scientist
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Image Andrew VanderZaag
Research Scientist
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Image Bao-Luo Ma
Research Scientist
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Research Scientist
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Image Catherine Champagne
Environmental Scientist
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Image Edward Gregorich
Program Representative and Research Scientist
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Image Elizabeth Pattey
Principal Research Scientist
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Image Heather McNairn
Research Scientist
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Image Linda J. Harris
Research Scientist
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Image Owen Lonsdale
Collection Manager, CNC
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Research Scientist (Nematode Taxonomist)
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Image Raymond Desjardins
Research Scientist
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Image Elizabeth Brauer
Research Scientist
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Image Frank You
Research Scientist
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Biodiversity Data Manager
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Research Scientist
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Research Scientist
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Image Nicholas Tinker
Research Scientist
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Research Scientist
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Manager, National Collection of Vascular Plants (DAO) and Canadian National Mycological Herbarium (DAOM)
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Image Tara Rintoul
Collections Manager
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Image Ward Smith
Physical Scientist - Study leader in Agro-ecosystem Modelling
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