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.

Sector Needs

The St John's RDC supports innovative research, development, technology and knowledge transfer activities related to the following AAFC Science Sector Strategies:

 

    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 Lordwin Jeyakumar
    Research Scientist
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

     

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

     

    Publications

    1. Jewell, LE; Jeyakumar, L; Wiseman, D; McKenzie, DB; Porter, E (2017). Wood Chip Wonders! The 59th Annual Farm Field day, St. John’s Research and Development Centre, 12 Aug St. John’s, NL

      2020 Wood Chip Wonders!
    2. Jeyakumar, L., McKenzie, D.B., E. Derdall and G.A. Bishop. 2015. “Woodchip Bioreactors-Installation/Operation” St. John’s Bioreactor - First Phase. 57th Annual Farm Field Day, St. John’s, NL, Canada, August 8, 2015, Presentation. (Poster)

      2020 “Woodchip Bioreactors-Installation/Operation” St. John’s Bioreactor - First Phase.
    3. Jeyakumar, L*; McKenzie, DB; Smith, E; Derdall, E; Zhang, H; Unc, A; Galagedara, L; Todd, S; Bishop, G. 2016. Overview of Development of Novel Woodchip Bioreactor System to Reduce Pollution Effects of Agricultural Tile Drainage Water, 3rd Biennial Agriculture Research Symposium, St. John’s, Canada. poster

      2020 Overview of Development of Novel Woodchip Bioreactor System to Reduce Pollution Effects of Agricultural Tile Drainage Water
    4. McKenzie, D.B., Bishop, G.A., and Dixon, P.L. (2014). "Assessment of surface mulch type effect on the initial growth of half-high blueberry cultivars from a range of maturity classes under the cool, high precipitation climatic conditions of eastern Newfoundland.", Research Centre Field Day, Centre de recherche de l'Atlantique sur les cultures de climat frais, Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada, St. John’s, NL, Canada, August 9, 2014. (Poster)

      2020 Assessment of surface mulch type effect on the initial growth of half-high blueberry cultivars from a range of maturity classes under the cool, high precipitation climatic conditions of eastern Newfoundland.
    5. McKenzie, D.B. (2009). "Preface.", in McKenzie, D.B., Cenkowski, S., Utioh, A., Li, T.S.C., Letchamo, W., Ratti, C. and Belkacemi, K. (eds.) - Proceedings of the 3rd International Seabuckthorn Association Conference, Université Laval, Québec City, QC, Canada, August 12-16, 2007, Université Laval, Canada, pp. III.

      2020 Preface.
    6. Fairey, N.A., Lefkovitch, L.P., Coulman, B.E., Fairey, D.T., Kunelius, T., McKenzie, D.B., Michaud, R., and Thomas, W.G. (2000). "Cross-Canada comparison of the productivity of fodder galega (Galega orientalis Lam.) with traditional herbage legumes.", Canadian Journal of Plant Science, 80(4), pp. 793-800.

      2020 Cross-Canada comparison of the productivity of fodder galega (Galega orientalis Lam.) with traditional herbage legumes.
    7. Chinnasamy, G., Bal, A.K., and McKenzie, D.B. (2004). "Fatty acid and elemental composition of mature seeds of beach pea [Lathyrus maritimus (L.) Bigel.].", Canadian Journal of Plant Science, 84(1), pp. 65-69.

      2020 Fatty acid and elemental composition of mature seeds of beach pea [Lathyrus maritimus (L.) Bigel.].
    8. Chavan, U.D., McKenzie, D.B., Amarowicz, R., and Shahidi, F. (2003). "Phytochemical components of beach pea (Lathyrus maritimus L.).", Food Chemistry, 81(1), pp. 61-71.

      2020 Phytochemical components of beach pea (Lathyrus maritimus L.).