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

     

    Image Siddhartho Shekhar Paul
    Research Scientist
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

     

    Publications

    1. Debnath, S.C., Ross, K., Siow, Y., Simms, D and Ellsworth, S. (2021). “Molecular variation, genetic structure and antioxidants in Vaccinium germplasm.”, Book of abstracts, XII International Vaccinium Symposium, August 30 - September 1, 2021 (virtual), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; p. 13. Abstract.

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    2. Sharma, U., Igamberdiev, A.U. and Debnath, S.C. (2021). “A comparison of three culture systems in shoot proliferation of lingonberry.”, Book of abstracts, XII International Vaccinium Symposium, August 30 - September 1, 2021 (virtual), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; p. 50. Abstract.

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    3. Sharma, U., Igamberdiev, A.U. and Debnath, S.C. (2021). “Somatic Embryogenesis: a novel technique for mass production in vitro.”, 22nd Annual Aldrich Interdisciplinary Conference. Graduate Student Union, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, Online, Oral Presentation. August 16-25, 2021.

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    4. Sharma, U., Igamberdiev, A.U. and Debnath, S.C. (2021). “Somatic Embryogenesis: a novel technique for mass production in vitro.”, 22nd Annual Aldrich Interdisciplinary Conference. Graduate Student Union, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, Online, Oral Presentation. August 16-25, 2021.

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    5. Debnath, S.C. (2021). “In vitro and molecular techniques for screening, propagation and utilization of wild berry crops.”, American Society of Horticultural Science Annual Conference, August 05 - 09, 2021, Denver, Colorado, United States. Abstract.

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    6. Debnath, S.C. (2021). “Wild berries for northern agriculture - selection, propagation, conservation and production.”, Tri-Society Virtual Conference: Innovation in Plant Science and Agricultural Resilence, July 5-9, 2021. The Canadian Phytopathological Society, the Canadian Society of Agronomy and the Canadian Society for Horticultural Science.

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    7. Sikdar, A., Igamberdiev, A.U. and Debnath, S.C. (2021). “Genomic methylation levels appear adverse effect on total phenolic content between in vitro and greenhouse grown lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea).”, Tri-Society Virtual Conference: Innovation in Plant Science and Agricultural Resilence, July 5-9, 2021.

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    8. Sikdar, A., Igamberdiev, A.U. and Debnath, S.C. (2021). “DNA methylation in micropropagated lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea).”, 13th Annual Biology Graduate Student Symposium, Memorial University, St. John’s, NL, April 21 and 22, 2021; p. 29.

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    9. Sharma, U., Igamberdiev, A.U. and Debnath, S.C. (2020). “In-vitro propagation techniques in lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea L.).”, Proceedings of 1st Canadian Society for Horticultural Science Online Graduate Student Conference, August 27, 2020, Online, Oral Presentation. P. 44. Abstract.

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

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