Quebec Research and Development Centre

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The Quebec Research and Development Centre (Quebec RDC) located in Quebec City, Quebec was established in 1967. It is one of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's (AAFC) network of 20 research and development centres. 

The Centre is associated with two satellite locations:

  • Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures Research Farm, and

  • Normandin Research Farm.

Areas of Research

The research carried out at the Quebec RDC aims to boost agricultural productivity and sustainability in a cold, humid climate and to improve environmental performance through the development of field crop systems that incorporate perennial forage species.

The environmental and production aspects of forage will be widely incorporated into the animal production component of the Sherbrooke Research Centre, with a focus on developing integrated production systems with minimum environmental impact.

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

Sector Needs

The Quebec RDC carries out innovative research, development, technology and knowledge transfer activities in support of the AAFC's Strategic Plan for Science, which include:

Reducing environmental impacts, boosting productivity and enhancing the forages and dairy sector

  • The Centre has a diverse forage expertise, which includes genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, pathology, ecophysiology, agronomy, microbiology, and nutritive value, as well as soil science.
  • Expertise focused on soil management, soil-plant-air interaction, precision farming, agri-meteorology, water management, and modelling.

 

Reducing environmental impacts, boosting productivity, improving crop sustainability and enhancing the Agro-ecosystem productivity and health sector

The Centre has strong agri-environmental expertise focused on soil, air and water quality, crop management and understanding of nutrient cycling, and use of livestock effluent and organic waste.

Meet our Scientists

Find out more about the scientists at Quebec 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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Québec, QC G1V 2J3
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Scientists and researchers

Research Scientist, Perennial Forage Biomass Crops
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Athyna Cambouris
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Bernard Gagnon
Research Professional
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image David Pelster
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Biology Study Leader in Bioinformatics
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Annick Bertrand
Research Scientist Physiology and Biochemistry of perennial crops
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Fadi Hassanat
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Research scientist
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Research scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Gaétan Parent
Senior Soil Ressource Specialist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Gaëtan Tremblay
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Geneviève Telmosse
Crop management study lead
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Georges Thériault
Research professional in agri-environment
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Agrometeorology specialist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Jonathan Lafond
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Julie Lajeunesse
Biologist in forage and small fruit crop management
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Research professional
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Marie-Noëlle Thivierge
Research scientist - Forage plant ecophysiology and agronomy
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Bioinformatician / computer scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Martin Chantigny
Scientist, Soil Biochemistry and Nutrient Cycling
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Mary-Cathrine Leewis
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Noura Ziadi
Research scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image René Morissette
Hydrological and agroecosystem modeller
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Stéphane Gariépy
Regional Manager, Ag-Land and Agroforestry
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Publications

  1. Maillard, É., Chantigny, M., Smith, E., Fuller, K.D., Vandersaag, A., Gregorich, E., Samson, M.-É., Pelster, D., Angers, D., and Thivierge, M.-N. 2023. Réponse à court terme d’indicateurs de santé du sol à des pratiques de gestion associées à la production laitière dans l’Est du Canada. 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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  2. Halde, C., Durocher, L., D’Amours, J., Gagné, S., Menchari, Y., Bocoum, I., Chantigny, M., Thivierge, M.-N., Angers, D., Maillard, É., and Pelster, D. 2023. Santé des sols et émission de N2O dans les systèmes de corridors solaires avec cultures de couverture intercalaires dans des sols de deux textures contrastées. 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. Thivierge, M.-N., Lachance, C., Houde, S., Chantigny, M., Maillard, É., Khechine, M.T., Thériault, M., Halde, C., Bélanger, G., and Angers, D. 2023. Évolution de la biomasse racinaire de prairies pendant les quatre années suivant leur établissement. 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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  4. Leewis, M.-C., Michaud, J., D’Amours, E., Maillard, É., Chantigny, M., and Thivierge, M.-N.. 2023. L’arrière-effet des cultures et des engrais organiques sur le microbiome du sol. 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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  5. 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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  6. Seguin, P., G. Tremblay, M. Thériault, X. Godin, S. Bittman, D. Hunt, J. Hakl, G. Belanger, M. N. Thivierge, A. Bertrand, and A. Claessens. 2022. Addition of red clover or birdsfoot trefoil in alfalfa-based forage mixtures to improve the energy to protein ratio. International Grassland Congress, May 14-19, 2023, Covington, KY, USA [poster]

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  7. Budong Qian, Qi Jing, Guillaume Jégo, Gilles Bélanger, Ward Smith, Andy VanderZaag, Jiali Shang, Jiangui Liu, Brian Grant, Marianne Crépeau.2023. Warmer future climate in Canada – implications for plant hardiness and winter survival of perennial forage crops. Canadian Geophysical Union 2023 Annual Meeting, May 07-10, 2023, Banff, Alberta, Canada

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  8. Claessens, A., Seguin, P., Thériault, M., Hassanat, F., Tremblay, G. 2023. Améliorer la valeur nutritive des fourrages par l’amélioration génétique et la gestion des cultures. Série webinaire Pleins feux sur la recherche laitière au Canada, 27 avril 2023, DFC and ACER counsulting, présentation virtuel.

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  9. Pelletier, K., Thivierge, M.-N., Chantigny, M.H., Bélanger, G., Angers, D.A., Lachance, C., Maillard, É. et Halde, C. 2023. Croissance racinaire du maïs fourrager favorisée par les cultures fourragères pérennes en rotation. Journée de printemps « Adaptation des systèmes fourragers et biométhanisation ». Club Agri Conseils Maska, Saint-Hyacinthe, QC, 5 avril 2023.

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  10. Thivierge, M.-N., Bélanger, G., Jégo, G., Delmotte, S. et Charbonneau, É. 2023. Vers des systèmes fourragers résilients et adaptés aux changements climatiques. Journée de printemps « Adaptation des systems fourragers et biométhanisation ». Club Agri Conseils Maska, Saint-Hyacinthe, QC, 5 avril 2023.

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