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.  

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

Sector Needs

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

Saskatoon RDC is one of Canada’s National Oilseed Research Centres of Excellence. Research in agronomy, crop management and variety development fosters new areas of opportunity and keeps the oilseed sector competitive. New crops adapted to the prairies (Brassica carinata and Camelina sativa) are creating novel products and expanding markets for oilseed crops. Improving food, feed and industrial quality characteristics of Brassicas and related species, establishes new crop platforms for bioproducts and biofuels and supports the emerging global bioeconomy.

Research aims to enhance the environmental performance and sustainability of oilseed production systems. This includes the development of land and crop management practices to improve productivity and efficiency, irrigation strategies and our fundamental understanding of nutrient dynamics in agroecosystems.

Plant and animal germplasm is acquired and characterized to identify superior characteristics for use in science and breeding programs. This includes:

  • Characterizing ecological and evolutionary processes relevant to agricultural crops to ensure efficient conservation of genetic diversity of cultivated plants of relevance for Canada and their wild relatives to prevent genetic erosion.
  • Acquiring and characterizing material for plant breeders for existing and new crops; screening germplasm relevant to Canada for disease resistance; characterizing plants with improved traits such as drought resistance. Development and refinement of techniques for successful conservation of animal germplasm from different livestock.
  • Clean technologies

Research into agri-based bioproducts and clean technologies which contribute to clean growth and a reduction in Canada’s GHG footprint. This includes working with agri-based industry to capitalize on emerging crop biomass feedstock opportunities to create added value, developing and evaluating microbial agents for biological control of weeds, plant pathogens and arthropod pests, and addressing agri-environmental challenges related to GHG and climate change mitigation through the application of innovative technologies, including precision agriculture.

Meet our Scientists

Find out more about the scientists at Saskatoon 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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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 Crissandra Auckland
Research Assistant
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Axel Diederichsen
Research Scientist, Curator
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Brendan O'Leary
Research Scientist: Seed Carbohydrate Biochemist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Fengqun Yu
Biology Study Leader in Plant Pathology
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Janitha Wanasundara
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 Muhammad Anzar
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Tyler Wist
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Erin Karppinen
Coordinating Biologist
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

 

Image Krista Gill
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Lone Buchwaldt
Research Scientist
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

 

Image Yong-Bi Fu
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Publications

  1. Franklin, M.T., Weiss, R., Bouchard, P., Uriel, Y., Hann. S., & M. Vankosky. 2023. Improving the search: using climate analysis to guide surveillance to delimit the range of the invasive strawberry blossom weevil. Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of Canada. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. October 15-18, 2023.

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  2. Otani, J., Weiss, R., Barkley, S., van Herk, W., Jorgensen, A., Dufton, S., Kaur, N., Anderson, N., Vankosky, M. 2024. Insect update and outlook for 2024. Canterra's Producer Information Session at the 2024 Foster's Ag-Classic AgriShow held in Grande Prairie AB on March 8, 2024. ~30 attendees.

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  3. You FM, Xu W, Tucker JR, Khanal R, Beattie A, Brar G, Fu Y-B, Zheng C, Malti S, Shah K, Liton U, Holden S, Yao Z, Singh J, Boyle B, Belzile F, Mascher M, Tinker N, Bekele W, and Badea A. Reference-level genome assemblies and comparative analysis of five representative Canadian barley cultivars. 2024 Barley Symposium – From the Ground Up. February 26-27, Saskatoon, Canada (Oral talk)

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  4. Otani, J., Jorgensen, A., Dufton, S., Barkley, S., Tansey, J., Gavloski, J., Weiss, R., Kaur, N., Anderson, N., Vankosky, M., van Herk, W., 2024. Insect research update and outlook for 2024: A grass seed production point of view. Foster’s Seed & Feed Producer Meeting held February 15, 2024, at Beaverlodge AB (~25 agri-industry staff, ~20 Producers). Invited.

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  5. K.D. Singh, S.D. Noble, P. Ravichandran, K. Halcro, R. Soolanayakanahally, J. Sangha, E. Brauer, K.T. Nilsen, O. Molina, H.S. Randhawa, R. Ortega Polo, C. Workman, S. Pahari, “Unmanned Ground Vehicle for High-throughput Phenotyping to Quantify Field Crops Characteristics”, NAPPN Annual Conference, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA, February, 2024 (Hybrid); https://doi.org/10.22541/essoar.170008912.21420303/v1

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  6. Otani, J., Barkley, S., Vankosky, M., Tansey, J., Weiss, R., Gavloski, J., van Herk, W., Kaur, N., Anderson, N. 2024. Insect research update and outlook for 2024. Peace Agronomy Update held February 1, 2024, at Fairview AB (~25 agri-industry staff, ~20 Producers, ~8 Applied Research Association staff). Invited.

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  7. Tidemann BD, Bowness Davidson R, Sharpe S, Kubota H, Olson M (2024) Leaning into lupins: Investigating herbicide options to support adoption in the Canadian Prairies. Feet in the field, eyes on the stars (RDAR Showcase). Leduc, AB. January 11, 2024.

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  8. McFaul, E., Scicluna, J., Kooy, M., Vander Kooi, K., Farintosh, G., Gossen, B., and McDonald, M.R. 2023. The challenges of managing Stemphylium leaf blight of onion. Nat. Allium Res. Conf., San Antonio, TX, Nov. 29-Dec. 2, 2023. Oral presentation #3.

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  9. Scicluna, J., Gossen, B., and McDonald, M.R. 2023. Early season infection of onions and barley by Stemphylium vesicarium. Nat. Allium Res. Conf., San Antonio, TX, Nov. 29-Dec. 2, 2023. Poster #1.

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  10. McFaul, E., Gossen, B., and McDonald, M.R. 2023. Resistance to multiple SDHI fungicides in Stemphylium vesicarium. Nat. Allium Res. Conf., San Antonio, TX, Nov. 29-Dec. 2, 2023. Poster #1.

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