Summerland Research and Development Centre

  • Horticulture
  • Agro-Ecosystem Resilience
  • Biodiversity and Bioresources
  • Agri-Food

The Summerland Research and Development Centre (Summerland RDC) was established in 1914 in the heart of the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia. It is one of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's (AAFC) network of 20 research and development centres. 

Areas of Research

Research at the Summerland RDC addresses the mitigation of environmental pressures, control of biological threats and integration of sustainable production and processing systems for the delivery of high quality, value-added horticultural and agri-food products. Research activities focus on high value horticultural crops, particularly wine grapes and tree fruits, and the development of environmentally and economically sustainable methodologies and strategies to ensure the success of our agricultural industries locally, nationally and internationally.

Summerland RDC is one of seven sites where field trials on potential pest management tools and technology trials are conducted for AAFC’s Minor Use Pesticides Program. The centre also houses the Canadian National Collection of Plant Viruses.

Sector Needs

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

Scientists and researchers

Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Systems Agro-Ecologist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Nathaniel K. Newlands
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Guus Bakkeren
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Jesse L MacDonald
Biologist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Ron Reade
Curator of the Canadian Plant Virus Collection
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Publications

  1. MacDonald JL, Toivonen PMA. 2020. "Improving Blueberry Postharvest Quality: Utilizing Temperature Management for Packers." Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, Summerland, BC. AAFC No. 13022E/F.

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  2. Alam.S.B., Reade, R. and Rochon, D (2016) A highly basic “KGRKPR” sequence in the coat protein of Cucumber necrosis virus plays an important role in the assembly of virions and encapsidation of full length viral RNA. 35th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Virology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia

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  3. Larney, F.J., Catton, H.A. Geddes, C.M., Lupwayi, N.Z., Forge, T.A., Lemke, R.L., and Helgason, B.L. 2020. Cover cropping for organic carrot production. Oral presentation. Organic Alberta and Holistic Management Canada Conference, January 31-February 2, 2020, Camrose, AB.

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  4. Bejaei, M.; Cliff, M.A.; Madilao, L.L.; vanVuuren, H.J.J. Modelling Changes in Volatile Compounds in British Columbian Varietal Wines That Were Bottle Aged for Up to 120 Months. Beverages 2019, 5, 57.

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  5. Bejaei, M., Cliff, M.A., & Stanich, K. (2019, July). Development of predictive sensory models to screen textural attributes of new selections from an apple breeding program. 13th Pangborn Sensory Science Symposium, Edinburg, UK.

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  6. Bejaei, M., Cliff, M.A., & Stanich, K. (2019). Selecting apples with better texture more quickly. Oral and poster sessions presented at BC Tree Fruit Horticultural Symposium, Kelowna, BC.

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  7. MacDonald JL, Betz EC, Li YQ, Punja ZK, Bouthillier MJ, DeYoung RM, Bernardy MG. 2019. First report of ringspot and vein-clearing symptoms on Wasabia japonica plants associated with Wasabi mottle virus in North America. Can J Plant Pathol 41(X):XXX

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  8. Hannam, K.D., Fleming, R.L., Venier, L., Hazlett, P.W. (2019). Can bioenergy ash applications emulate the effects of wildfire on upland forest soil chemical properties?, 83 S201-S217. http://dx.doi.org/10.2136/sssaj2018.10.0380

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  9. Neilsen, D., Neilsen, G., Forge, T. 2018. Building resilience: future directions in mineral nutrition of woody perennial crops. Acta Horticulturae 1217:1-11. DOI 10.17660/ActaHortic.2018.1217.1

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  10. Bejaei, M., (2018, August). How to better use surveys for collecting information for your research? Presented at Summerland Research and Development Centre, Summerland, BC.

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