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

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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Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X2
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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 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 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

 

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 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. Catton H, van Herk W, Saguez J and Svendsen E (2021) Guide to pest wireworms in Canadian
    Prairie field crop production. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.

    2021 - View publication details

  2. Geddes, C.M., Gulden R.H., Jones, T., Leeson, J.Y., Pittman, M.M., Sharpe, S.M., Shirriff, S.W., and Beckie, H.J. 202X. Baseline survey of herbicide resistance in Russian thistle (Salsola tragus L.) finds no resistance in Manitoba. Canadian Journal of Plant Science. [In press].

    2021 - View publication details

  3. Onu Olughu O, Tabil LG, Dumonceaux T: Ultrasonic Delignification and Microstructural Characterization of Switchgrass. 2021, 14(2):263.

    2021 - View publication details

  4. Sharpe, S.M. Kochia (Kochia scoparia) and Wild Oat (Avena fatua) Intraspecific and Interspecific Interference. Agronomy 2021, 11, 62. https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy11010062

    2020 - View publication details

  5. Zhao, L., Wang, H., Fu, Y.B. (2020). Analysis of stored mrna degradation in acceleratedly aged seeds of wheat and canola in comparison to arabidopsis, 9(12), 1-18. http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/plants9121707

    2020 - View publication details

  6. Romero, B., Olivier, C., Wist, T., Prager, S.M. (2020). Oviposition Behavior and Development of Aster Leafhoppers (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) on Selected Host Plants from the Canadian Prairies, 113(6), 2695-2704. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jee/toaa243

    2020 - View publication details

  7. Arcand, Y., Bittman, S., Britten, M., Champagne, C., Daneshfar, B., David, S., Davidson, A., Derdall, E. Drury, C., Eden, J., Handyside, P., Hung, Y., Javorek, S., Jiang, Y., Jingui, Y., Jordan, C., Joosse, P., Li, S., McAuley, E., McNairn, H., MacDonald, D., Pacheco, A., Powers, J., Reid, K., Smith, E. L., Topp, E., Vanrobaeys, J., Villeneuve, S., Wilson, H., Yang, J. Agricultural Land Use. Synthesis of Science. Canada Water Agency Report. Freshwater Science Assessment-Line of Inquiry. Nov. 20, 2020.

    2020 - View publication details

  8. 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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  9. Yu, J., Sharpe, S.S., Boyd, N.S. (2020). PRE herbicides and POST halosulfuron for purple nutsedge control in tomato grown in plasticulture systems, 34(5), 642-646. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/wet.2020.24

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  10. Baral, K., Coulman, B., Biligetu, B., Fu, Y.B. (2020). Advancing crested wheatgrass [Agropyron cristatum (L.) Gaertn.] breeding through genotyping-by-sequencing and genomic selection, 15(10 October), http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0239609

    2020 - View publication details