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.

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:

 

960 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1A 0C6
Canada
(613) 759-1858

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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 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, Microplastics in Environment
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Adam Brunke
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Allen Xue
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
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 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 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 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
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

 

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

 

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. Cock C, Mason PG, Cappuccino N (2021) Host range testing parameters for Diadromus collaris. Pest Management Research Report - 2020 Growing Season. Agriculture and AgriFood Canada. April 2021. Report No. 05. Vol. 59: 13–17.

    2021 - View publication details

  2. Nour Nissan, Elroy Cober, Ashkan Golshani, Bahram Samanfar: Identifying new variation and the J locus previously known as E6 in soybean (Glycine max). Soybean breeders workshop, 2021, Canada.

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  3. Julia Hooker, Elroy Cober, Ashkan Golshani, Bahram Samanfar: Identification of differentially expressed genes involved in seed protein content in soybean, Glycine max. Soybean breeders workshop, 2021, Canada.

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  4. Laforest, M., Bisaillon, K., Soufiane, B. Maheux, L., Fortin S., Martin, S., James T. , Miville D. , Marcoux, A. and Simard, M.-J. 2021. Glyphosate Resistant Bird Rape Mustard (Brassica rapa) Through Introgression of a Transgenic Construct: Distribution and Genetic Characterization. Weed Science Society of America meeting, March 15-18, Online.

    2021 - View publication details

  5. Moffat, C.E., R.S. Bourchier, R.A. De Clerck-Floate, P.G. Mason, and D.J. Ensing. 2021. How do we know biocontrol agents are safe? An overview of the Canadian research and regulatory process for new biocontrol agents. British Columbia Invasive Species Council. Invasives 2021 Conference (virtual). 9 Februrary, 2021.

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  6. Panel Discussion #2: Innovation & Collaboration in the CFCRA Oat Project. Weikai Yan, Wubi Bekele, & Nick Tinker. CFCRA Virtual Research Summit - Innovating for the Future. Feb 2-3, 2021.

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  7. Proceedings of the 2020 National Fusarium Head Blight Forum

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  8. 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.

    2020 - View publication details

  9. The Search for Powdery Mildew Resistance Genes in Flax

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  10. 3. Cao W, Humphreys G, Kang-Choi M, Langille L, Cloutier S, Xue A, Blackwell B, Henriquez M-A, and Yan W (2020) Evaluation for new sources of Fusarium head blight resistance in hexaploid and tetraploid wheat. Virtual poster presentation and abstract presented at 2020 Nat. FHB Forum (Virtual) 7-11 Dec. 2020.

    2020 - View publication details