Saskatoon Research and Development Centre

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The Saskatoon Research and Development Centre (Saskatoon RDC) was established in 1917 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. It is one of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's (AAFC) network of 20 research and development centres. 

The Centre is associated with three satellite locations:

  • Melfort Research Farm, Melfort, SK

  • Scott Research Farm, Scott, SK

  • The Canada-Saskatchewan Irrigation Diversification Centre (CSIDC), Outlook, SK

Areas of Research

The Saskatoon RDC develops integrated crop management strategies for sustainable cropping systems and conducts research in key areas of agro-ecosystem resilience, crop germplasm development, innovation for value chain growth, and sustainable and profitable agri-systems.

The centre also maintains and manages the Canadian Animal Genetic Resource (CAGR) program to preserve the genetic diversity of Canadian livestock and poultry breeds, and to develop new techniques to conserve germplasm.

Saskatoon RDC is the national headquarters for the Plant Gene Resources of Canada (PGRC). PGRC is a vital national resource with a mandate to acquire, preserve and provide access to genetically diverse plant material (germplasm) of cultivated plants and their wild relatives with an emphasis on germplasm relevant to Canada.

The Scott research farm is one of seven sites where field trials on potential pest management tools and technologies are conducted for AAFC’s Minor Use Pesticides Program. The Canada-Saskatchewan Irrigation Diversification Centre is a federal/provincial/industry/university partnership that is dedicated to sustainable irrigated crop production.  

Sector Needs

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

Scientists and researchers

Research Scientist - Agricultural pesticides and veterinary pharmaceuticals
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Christina Eynck
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Mark Smith
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Meghan Vankosky
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Ming-Jun Gao
Molecular Biologist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Tyler Wist
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Erl Svendsen
Senior Knowledge Transfer Specialist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Evan Derdall
Biosystems Engineer
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Genebank Collection Biologist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Shaun M. Sharpe
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Tim Dumonceaux
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Publications

  1. Bhattarai, S., Fu, Y.B., Coulman, B., Tanino, K.K., Karunakaran, C. and Biligetu, B. 2020. Transcriptomic analysis revealed unique gene expression in leaves and roots of two alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) cultivars with different salt tolerance. Poster session presented at: 11th Annual CFGA conference; 2020 November 18-19. (Online conference).

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  2. Fu YB 2020. Molecular Characterization of PGRC Germplasm: Some Reflections. Invited presentation by Dr. Axel Diederichsen, PGRC, for the PGRC’s 50th anniversary virtual event, October 1, 2020, Saskatoon, SK, Canada.

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  3. Otani, J., Weiss, R., Giffen, D., Svendsen, E., Van Baal, F., Vankosky, M. 2020. Prairie Pest Monitoring Network “Weekly Update” Webpage-bulletin, August 20, 2020 edition (Issue 17). url: https://prairiepest.ca/2020/week-17/#post_9677 (retrieved 2020Jan06).

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  4. Otani, J., Weiss, R., Trudel, S., Rounce, T., Svendsen, E., Olfert, O., Vankosky, M. 2020. Prairie Pest Monitoring Network “Weekly Update” Webpage-bulletin, July 9, 2020 edition (Issue 11). url: https://prairiepest.ca/2020/week-11/#post_8573 (retrieved 2020Jan06).

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  5. Otani, J., E. Svendsen, O. Olfert, M. Vankosky. 2020. Prairie Pest Monitoring Network Website. url: https://prairiepest.ca/ . Edited by J. Otani. (Website made “Public” with first Weekly Update released 09Jul2020).

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  6. Otani, J., Weiss, R., Rounce, T., Trudel, S., Svendsen, E., Tansey, J., Turkington, T.K., Olfert, O., Vankosky, M. 2020. Prairie Pest Monitoring Network Weekly Update e-Bulletin July 2, 2020 edition. 2020 (10): 1-24. url: https://tinyurl.com/yywqjhgl

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  7. Otani, J., Weiss, R., Rounce, T., Trudel, S., Svendsen, E., Mori, B., Turkington, T.K., Olfert, O., Vankosky, M. 2020. Prairie Pest Monitoring Network Weekly Update e-Bulletin June 25, 2020 edition. 2020 (9): 1-24. url: https://tinyurl.com/yxeexc5n

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  8. Otani, J., Weiss, R., Rounce, T., Trudel, S., Svendsen, E., Evenden, M., Turkington, T.K., Olfert, O., Vankosky, M. 2020. Prairie Pest Monitoring Network Weekly Update e-Bulletin June 18, 2020 edition. 2020 (8): 1-25. url: https://tinyurl.com/y47gprto

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  9. Otani, J., Weiss, R., Rounce, T., Trudel, S., Svendsen, E., Gavloski, J., Turkington, T.K., Olfert, O., Vankosky, M. 2020. Prairie Pest Monitoring Network Weekly Update e-Bulletin June 11, 2020 edition. 2020 (7): 1-22. url: https://tinyurl.com/y3t5lrey

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  10. Otani, J., Weiss, R., Rounce, T., Trudel, S., Svendsen, E., Turkington, T.K., Olfert, O., Barkley, S., Vankosky, M. 2020. Prairie Pest Monitoring Network Weekly Update e-Bulletin May 28, 2020 edition. 2020 (5): 1-19. url: https://tinyurl.com/y5t4pbqx

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