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

 

Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Publications

  1. Panwar, V., Jordan, M., McCallum, B., Bakkeren, G. (2018). Host-induced silencing of essential genes in Puccinia triticina through transgenic expression of RNAi sequences reduces severity of leaf rust infection in wheat, 16(5), 1013-1023. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/pbi.12845

    2018 Host-induced silencing of essential genes in Puccinia triticina through transgenic expression of RNAi sequences reduces severity of leaf rust infection in wheat
  2. McCallum, B.D., Hiebert, C.W., Cloutier, S., Bakkeren, G., Rosa, S.B., Humphreys, D.G., Marais, G.F., McCartney, C.A., Panwar, V., Rampitsch, C., Saville, B.J., Wang, X. (2016). A review of wheat leaf rust research and the development of resistant cultivars in Canada, 38(1), 1-18. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07060661.2016.1145598

    2016 A review of wheat leaf rust research and the development of resistant cultivars in Canada
  3. Segovia, V., Bruce, M., Shoup Rupp, J.L., Huang, L., Bakkeren, G., Trick, H.N., Fellers, J.P. (2016). Two small secreted proteins from Puccinia triticina induce reduction of ß-glucoronidase transient expression in wheat isolines containing Lr9, Lr24 and Lr26, 38(1), 91-102. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07060661.2016.1150884

    2016 Two small secreted proteins from Puccinia triticina induce reduction of ß-glucoronidase transient expression in wheat isolines containing Lr9, Lr24 and Lr26
  4. Ghoshal, K., Theilmann, J., Reade, R., Maghodia, A., Rochon, D. (2015). Encapsidation of Host RNAs by Cucumber Necrosis Virus Coat Protein during both Agroinfiltration and Infection, 89(21), 10748-10761. http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/JVI.01466-15

    2015 Encapsidation of Host RNAs by Cucumber Necrosis Virus Coat Protein during both Agroinfiltration and Infection
  5. Forge, T., Neilsen, G., Neilsen, D. (2016). Organically acceptable practices to improve replant success of temperate tree-fruit crops, 200 205-214. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scienta.2016.01.002

    2016 Organically acceptable practices to improve replant success of temperate tree-fruit crops
  6. Gagnon, P., Sheedy, C., Farenhorst, A., Mcqueen, D.R., Cessna, A.J., Newlands, N.K. (2014). A coupled stochastic/deterministic model to estimate the evolution of the risk of water contamination by pesticides across Canada, 10(3), 429-436. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ieam.1533

    2014 A coupled stochastic/deterministic model to estimate the evolution of the risk of water contamination by pesticides across Canada
  7. Panwar, V., McCallum, B., Bakkeren, G. (2013). Host-induced gene silencing of wheat leaf rust fungus Puccinia triticina pathogenicity genes mediated by the Barley stripe mosaic virus, 81(6), 595-608. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11103-013-0022-7

    2013 Host-induced gene silencing of wheat leaf rust fungus Puccinia triticina pathogenicity genes mediated by the Barley stripe mosaic virus
  8. Hannam, K.D., Neilsen, G.H., Forge, T., Neilsen, D. (2013). The concentration of yeast assimilable nitrogen in Merlot grape juice is increased by N fertilization and reduced irrigation, 93(1), 37-45. http://dx.doi.org/10.4141/CJPS2012-092

    2013 The concentration of yeast assimilable nitrogen in Merlot grape juice is increased by N fertilization and reduced irrigation