Saskatoon Research and Development Centre

  • Canola
  • Chemist
  • Field

The Saskatoon Research and Development Centre (Saskatoon RDC) was established in 1917 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. It is one of the 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

Image Christina Eynck
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

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

 

Image Evan Derdall
Biosystems Engineer
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Genebank Collection Biologist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Tim Dumonceaux
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Publications

  1. Hynes, R.K., Dumonceaux, T.J., Kangsopa, J., Town, J.R. (2018). Genome sequence of a plant growth-promoting rhizobacterium, pseudomonas sp. Strain 31-12, 7(6), http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/MRA.00947-18

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  2. Pérez-López, E., Omar, A.F., Al-Jamhan, K.M., Dumonceaux, T.J. (2018). Molecular identification and characterization of the new 16SriX-J and cpn60 UT IX-J phytoplasma subgroup associated with chicory bushy stunt disease in Saudi Arabia, 68(2), 518-522. http://dx.doi.org/10.1099/ijsem.0.002530

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  3. Fu, Y.B., Yang, M.-H., Horbach, C., Kessler, D., Diederichsen, A., You, F.M., and Wang, H. (2015). "Patterns of SSR variation in bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) seeds under ex situ genebank storage and accelerated ageing.", Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, 62(8), pp. 1-14. doi : 10.1007/s10722-015-0349-9

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  4. Gao, W., Espinel Ríos, S., Zhao, R., Tabil, L.G., and Dumonceaux, T.J. (2016). "Enhancing the physical quality of barley straw pellets by optimizing biological pretreatment.", 2016 ASABE Annual International Meeting, Orlando, Florida, USA, July 17-20, 2016. (Abstract)

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  5. Rathi, C., Soleimani, M., Tabil, L.G., and Dumonceaux, T.J. (2016). "Microbial Pretreatment to Improve the Densification of Canola and Barley Straw.", 2016 ASABE Annual International Meeting, Orlando, Florida, USA, July 17-20, 2016. (Abstract)

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  6. Wist, T. and Svendsen, E. (2016). "Update on the cereal aphid DAT project.", Prairie Pest Monitoring Network Meeting, Saskatoon Research and Development Centre, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, March 22, 2016. (Presentation)

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  7. OTANI, J., Giffen, D., Weiss, R., Svendsen, E., Olfert, O. 2016. Prairie Pest Monitoring Network e-Bulletin – August 24, 2016 edition. 2016-17:1-13. http://goo.gl/5HHqS5

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  8. OTANI, J., Giffen, D., Weiss, R., Svendsen, E., Olfert, O. 2016. Prairie Pest Monitoring Network e-Bulletin – August 17, 2016 edition. 2016-16:1-16. http://goo.gl/OUOuqK

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