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)
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Manager
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 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, Environmental Modeling, Ecosystem Services
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Adam Brunke
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 Edward Gregorich
Program Representative and 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

 

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 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 Elizabeth Brauer
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

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

 

Image Frank You
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Biodiversity Data Manager
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Research Scientist
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
Molecular Technologies Laboratory Manager
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

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

 

Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Nicholas Tinker
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Research Scientist
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 - Study leader in Agroecosystem Modelling
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

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

 

Publications

  1. Davoud Torkamaneh, Jérôme Laroche, Aurélie Tardivel, Louise O’Donoughue, Elroy Cober, Istvan Rajcan and François Belzile. Comprehensive Description of Genome-Wide Nucleotide and Structural Variation in Short-Season Soybean. International Plant and Animal Genome XXV. January 14-18, 2017. San Diego, CA, USA.

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  2. King C (2020) From wild to wheat. Top Crop Manager, Nov 16 2020 (https://www.topcropmanager.com/from-wild-to-wheat/)

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  3. Chatzimanolis, S. and Brunke, A. 2020. A new brachypterous genus of Xanthopygina from the northern Andes. Annual Meeting, Entomological Society of America. Virtual meeting, [recorded audio].

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  4. Brunke, A., Hansen, A. K., Salnitska, M., Kypke, J. L., Escalona, H., Chapados, J.T., Eyres, J., Richter, R., Smetana, A., Ślipiński, A., Zwick, A., Hájek, J., Leschen, R., Solodovnikov, A. and J.R. Dettman. 2020. StaphBaits: using phylogenomics to densely sample and systematically revise hyperdiverse Quediini (Staphylinidae: Staphylininae). Annual Meeting, Entomological Society of America. Virtual meeting, [recorded audio]. Invited speaker.

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  5. Fernandez-Triana, J., Douglas, H., Huber, J.T., Brunke, A., Lonsdale, O., Sinclair, B., Gibson, G., and Mason, P. 2020. Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes: update for AAFC Biological Control Working Group. 1–4.

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  6. Cloutier S (2020) Sylvie Cloutier. Wikipedia web page, Nov 1, 2020. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sylvie_Cloutier)

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  7. Di Ma, Qi Jing, Yue-Ping Xu, Alex J Cannon, Taifeng Dong, Mikhail A Semenov, Budong Qian (2020) The potential of using ensemble-mean climate scenarios for crop yield projection. Abstract, The 54th CMOS Congress, May 24-28, 2020, Ottawa.

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  8. Pattey, E., Jégo, G., Leonard, J. 2020. Verification and long-term simulations of STICS crop model to predict and analyze growing seasons N2O fluxes of spring wheat in eastern Canada. STICS symposium, Montpellier, France, Feb 6-7, 2020

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  9. Montse Salmeron Cortasa, Kritika Kothari, Rafael Battisti, Kenneth J. Boote, Sotirios Archontoulis, Adriana Confalone, Julie Constantin, Santiago Cuadra, Philippe Debaeke, Babacar Faye, Brian Grant, Gerrit Hoogenboom, Qi Jing, Michael van der Laan, Fernando Macena, Fabio Marin, Alireza Nehbandani, Claas Nendel, Larry C. Purcell, Budong Qian, Alex Ruane, Evandro da Silva, Ward Smith, Afshin Soltani, Amit Srivastava, Nilson Vieira. 2019. Soybean multi‐model sensitivity analysis for prediction of seed nitrogen, biological N fixation, and N cycling. ICROPM 2020, Montpellier, France, Feb 3-5, 2020

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  10. GN Falconnier, M Corbeels , KJ Boote , F Affholder , M Adam, DS MacCarthy, Alexander C Ruane, C Nendel, AM Whitbread, E Justes , LR Ahuja, F.M. Akinseye , IN Alou, KA Amouzou , S.S. Anapalli , C Baron, B Basso, F Baudron , P Bertuzzi, AJ Challinor , Y Chen, D Deryng , ML Elsayed , B Faye, T Gaiser , M Galdos , S Gayler , E Gerardeaux , M Giner , B Grant, G Hoogenboom , ES Ibrahim, B Kamali , KC Kersebaum , SH Kim, M van der Laan , L Leroux , JI Lizaso , B Maestrini , EA Meier, F Mequanint , A Ndoli , CH Porter, E Priesack , D Ripoche , T Sida , U Singh, W Smith, A Srivastava, S Sumit , F Tao, PJ Thorburn , D Timlin , B Traore , T Twine, H Webber. Modelling climate change impacts on maize yield under low N input conditions in sub Saharan Africa. Crop modelling for Agriculture and Food Security under Global Change. ICROPM 2020, Montpellier, France, Feb 3-5, 2020.

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