St. John's Research and Development Centre

  • Horticulture
  • Forages and Beef / Dairy, Pork, Poultry and Other Livestock
  • Agro-Ecosystem Resilience / Clean Technologies
  • Biodiversity and Bioresources

The St. John’s Research and Development Centre (St. John’s RDC) was established in 1935 in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. It is one of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's (AAFC) network of 20 research and development centres.

The Centre is associated with one satellite location:

  • Avondale sub-station 67 km to the west where potato selections from AAFC’s Fredericton RDC are tested for resistance to potato wart, golden nematode and pale cyst nematode.

Areas of Research

The St. John’s RDC is a leader in the research, development and technology transfer of agricultural innovations that support sustainable and productive boreal-northern primary production, with a special emphasis on Newfoundland and Labrador. Agricultural practices in Newfoundland and Labrador differ from those in other agricultural areas of Canada due to the province’s cooler and shorter summers. Success has been achieved through the utilization of techniques that extend the growing season.

Research is focused on the sustainable production of horticultural (berries and vegetables) and forage crops, the development of sustainable cropping systems, biodiversity and genetic enhancement of berry crops, and innovative clean technologies and environmental practices for a boreal-northern environment.

Search Research projects from the St John's Research and Development Centre to learn more about what we do.

Sector Needs

The St John's 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 St. John's 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.

    308 Brookfield Road, BLDG 25
    St. John's, NL A1E 6J5
    Canada
    (709) 793-3186

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    Scientists and researchers

    Image David B. McKenzie
    Research Scientist
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

     

    Image Julia Wheeler
    Research Scientist
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

     

    Image Samir C. Debnath
    Research Scientist
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

     

    Image Erica Oberndorfer
    Cultural Botanist
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

     

    Image Linda Jewell
    Research Scientist (Plant Pathology)
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

     

    Publications

    1. Debnath, S.C., Arigundam, U. (2020). In vitro propagation strategies of medicinally important berry crop, lingonberry (vaccinium vitis-idaea l.), 10(5), http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/agronomy10050744

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    2. Debnath, S.C., Goyali, J.C. (2020). In vitro propagation and variation of antioxidant properties in micropropagated vaccinium berry plants—A review, 25(4), http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/molecules25040788

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    3. Siow, Y.L., Isaak, C.K., Madduma Hewage, S., Prashar, S., Debnath, S., and O, K. (2019) Renal protection by lingonberry supplementation. FASEB Science Research Conference: The Acute Kidney Injury Conference: From Bench to Bedside (and Back Again). July 21-25, 2019 Pacific Grove, CA, USA.

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    4. Debnath, S.C., An, D. (2019). Antioxidant properties and structured biodiversity in a diverse set of wild cranberry clones, 5(4), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2019.e01493

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    5. Cordeiro, M.R.C., Rotz, A., Kroebel, R., Beauchemin, K.A., Hunt, D., Bittman, S., Koenig, K.M., McKenzie, D.B. (2019). Prospects of forage production in northern regions under climate and land-use changes: A case-study of a dairy farm in Newfoundland, Canada, 9(1), http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/agronomy9010031

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    6. Ghosh, A., Igamberdiev, A.U., Debnath, S.C. (2018). Thidiazuron-induced somatic embryogenesis and changes of antioxidant properties in tissue cultures of half-high blueberry plants, 8(1), http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-35233-6

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    7. Kumar, J.L.G., McKenzie, D.B. and Jewell, L.E. 2018. Can Wood Chip Bioreactors Reduce Nitrates in Tile Drainage? 60th Annual Farm Field day, St. John’s Research and Development Centre, St. John’s, NL, Canada September 15, 2018. Presentation (Poster)

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    8. Siow, Y.L. and Debnath, S.C. (2018). "Lingonberry Juice May Help Kidneys Heal - Weekly Science Story, Sep 12, 2018; circulated by Dr. Brian Gray, Assistant Deputy Minister, STB and Dr. Gilles Saindon, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, STB, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada."

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    9. Valdez, V., A. Ramasami, V. Kavanagh, D. Burton, L. Jewell, D. McKenzie, A. Unc. 2018. Nitrogen cycling genes in a long-term land-use converted boreal land in Newfoundland, Canada. https://meeting2018.cgu-ugc.ca/ Abstract p.433 of 542pp. 2018 Joint Meeting of the Canadian Geophysical Union (CGU), Canadian Soil Science Society (CSSS), Computational Infrastructure in Geodynamics (CIG), Eastern Section of the Seismological Society of America (ES-SSA) and the Canadian Society for Agricultural and Forest Meteorology (CSAFM). June 10-14, 2018 Niagara Falls, Canada. (oral presentation).

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    10. Debnath, S.C. (2018). “Thidiazuron in micropropagation of small fruits.”, in Ahmad, N, and Faisal, M. (eds.) - Thidiazuron: From urea derivative to plant growth regulator, Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd., Singapore, pp. 139-158 (https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-8004-3_6).

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