Ottawa Research and Development Centre

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

Crop improvement at Ottawa RDC focuses on Eastern Canadian producers located between Manitoba and PEI with an emphasis on oats, wheat (Spring and Winter), barley, corn and soybean. Experts in crop breeding, genetics, genomics, molecular biology, physiology, agronomy, pathology, quality evaluation, and mycotoxin chemistry are working to strengthen the linkages along the value chain (from production to processing and consumption), improve food attributes, and address threats to Canadian agriculture.

Research is conducted to enhance the environmental performance of agricultural production systems, and to maintain or access new international markets. Research includes:

  • Studying and monitoring changes in soils, crop conditions, land use and land management (from watershed to national scales) using satellite technologies and integrated modeling.
  • Developing new methods and technologies to produce and analyze data describing soil, land use and climate for agricultural areas in Canada to improve agricultural land management, land use planning and policy development.
  • Systems-based research and modeling to understand the effects and trade-offs of management practices at the field, farm and watershed scale on soil microorganisms, nutrients, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and airborne and emerging contaminants to assess and mitigate agricultural impacts on the environment (e.g., air and water), public health and agricultural productivity.

 

Biodiversity research includes assessing agricultural biodiversity (vascular plants, fungi, bacteria, insects, arachnids and nematodes), identifying emerging risks, and assessing impact on international trade and regulatory compliance. Biosystematics research on organisms critical to Canadian agriculture (new and existing crops, their relatives; weeds; pests, beneficial and biocontrol insects, arachnids and nematodes; plant diseases and plant-enhancing fungi; animal pathogens and plant-growth-promoting bacteria) helps to protect crop production and contribute to crop diversification.

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 Ann Lévesque
Innovation officer
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

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

 

Image Bahram Samanfar
Research Scientist, and Functional Genomics Team Lead
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 Eden S. P. Bromfield
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 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

 

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-Geomatics Manager
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

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

 

Image Jiangui Liu
Physical 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 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. Mason, P.G., De Clerck-Floate, R.A., Catton, H., and Gallant, B. 2024. Regulation of Biological Control Organisms in Canada. In: Vankosky, M.A. and Martel, V. (eds.) Biological Control Programmes in Canada 2013-2023. CAB International Publishing, Wallingford, Oxon, United Kingdom. (in press).

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  2. Masse, J., Caron, M., Chagnon, P.-L., Thivierge, M.-N., Bélec C. and Stefani, F. 2023. Optimisation des cultures intercalaires pour la préservation des communautés de champignons mycorhiziens arbusculaires dans les champs de Brassicacées. 37th Annual Meeting of the Association québécoise des spécialistes en sciences du sol (AQSSS), Québec, Canada, May 23–25, 2023. Oral presentation.

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  3. Couëdel, A., Falconnier, G. N., Adam, M., Cardinael, R., Boote, K., Justes, E., Ruane, A., Smith, W., Whitbread, A., and Corbeels, M. and the co-authors: Soil-crop long-term feedback matters to assess climate change impact on maize yield in Sub-Saharan Africa, EGU General Assembly 2024, Vienna, Austria, 14–19 Apr 2024, EGU24-9930, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu24-9930, 2024.

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  4. You FM, Xu W, Tucker JR, Khanal R, Beattie A, Brar G, Fu Y-B, Zheng C, Malti S, Shah K, Liton U, Holden S, Yao Z, Singh J, Boyle B, Belzile F, Mascher M, Tinker N, Bekele W, and Badea A. Reference-level genome assemblies and comparative analysis of five representative Canadian barley cultivars. 2024 Barley Symposium – From the Ground Up. February 26-27, Saskatoon, Canada (Oral talk)

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  5. K.D. Singh, S.D. Noble, P. Ravichandran, K. Halcro, R. Soolanayakanahally, J. Sangha, E. Brauer, K.T. Nilsen, O. Molina, H.S. Randhawa, R. Ortega Polo, C. Workman, S. Pahari, “Unmanned Ground Vehicle for High-throughput Phenotyping to Quantify Field Crops Characteristics”, NAPPN Annual Conference, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA, February, 2024 (Hybrid); https://doi.org/10.22541/essoar.170008912.21420303/v1

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  6. Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes: Update for the AAFC Biological Control Working Group, 2023

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  7. Khadka B, Chawla HS, Edwards T, Lévesque-Lemay M, Zheng C, You FM, Pozniak CJ, Cloutier S (2024) Transcriptome analysis and genome annotation of diploid Aegilops species. Proc 31th Plant and Animal Genome Conference, San Diego, CA, Jan 13-17, PE0419 (poster)

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  8. Bahram Samanfar, Nour Nissan, Benjamin Mimee, Elroy Cober, Ashkan Golshani: Development of a Proteome-Wide Data Mining Pipeline to Discover Novel Soybean Genes Associated with Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN) Resistance. Plant and Animal Genome (PAG-31), 2024, Sandiego, USA [Oral].

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  9. Bahram Samanfar, Julia Hooker, Elroy Cober, Ashkan Golshani: Differential gene expression offers insights into the environmentally regulated protein content of soybean seeds, with emphasis on Asparagine synthesis pathway. Plant and Animal Genome (PAG-31), 2024, Sandiego, USA [Oral].

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  10. World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Mills, G., Smith, W.N., Dentener, F., Pattey, E., Tarasova, O., Hayes, F., Ehlert, K., Grey, S., Baldeon, S., Stefanski, R. 2023. The Impacts of Tropospheric Ozone Pollution on Crop Yield: Mechanisms, Quantification and Options for Mitigation. WMO-No. 1341. https://library.wmo.int/idurl/4/68654

    2023 - View publication details