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

 

Image Christopher Pagliocchini
Biologist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Daniel O'Gorman
Biologist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Karen Fong
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Kelly Anne Ross
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Systems Agro-Ecologist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Mehdi Sharifi
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

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

 

Image Peter Toivonen
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Howard Michael Andrew Thistlewood
Honorary Research Associate
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Jesse L MacDonald
Biologist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Masoumeh Bejaei
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. Bykova NV, Rampitsch C, McCallum B, Bakkeren G, Wang X, Huang M, Fernando U, Radovanovic N, Rampitsch M, Linning R (2021) Profiling the total and nuclear proteomes of host-pathogen interactions of the wheat Thatcher near-isogenic line for Lr2a resistance gene with virulent and avirulent races of Puccinia triticina. 4th International Plant Proteomics Organization (INPPO) Conference. Virtual Conference hosted from Winnipeg, Canada, March 9-11, 2021. Poster http://www.inppo2020.org/

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  2. Proper balanced nutrition is important in all crops; however, knowing what the right nutrient needed at the right time for the right reasons with the right product can be very different between commodities, orchards, and seasons. There are several different sampling methods that can be utilized to assess the nutrient status of a block and help aid in nutrient management decisions. The main assessment methods are leaf, fruitlet, and soil analysis. There are some other techniques, such as sap analysis, that are being tested and may be more available in the future.

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  3. Bejaei, M. and Singh, A. (2021, February). Identifying fresh apple market segments and customer profiles to investigate potential changes in the purchase behavior when shopping in different marketplaces. Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention. Virtual.

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  4. Interim Report to Alberta Innovates (Project Year 2). Ramunkutty, N., Newlands, N.K., Noack, F., Smukler, S., Beres, B. 2021. Project 2019F163R: Climate-smart agriculture: Big-data analysis to investigate what management practices work. Reporting period (2020/02/01) to (2021/01/31). University of British Columbia (UBC) and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)

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  5. Das, Q., Tang, J., Yin, X., Ross, K., Warriner, K., Marcone, M.F., Diarra, M.S. (2021). Organic cranberry pomace and its ethanolic extractives as feed supplement in broiler: impacts on serum Ig titers, liver and bursal immunity, 100(2), 517-526. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.psj.2020.09.044

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  6. Bejaei, M. (2021, January). Canadian apple retailer survey. Confidential report submitted to Summerland Varieties Corporation (Summerland, BC) and BC Fruit Growers' Association.

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  7. MacDonald J, Cooey L, Telford G, Abrams P, Alton G, Dudzic J, Ellis T, Girod P, Hueppelsheuser T, McFarlene J, Moffat C, Pogoda M, Thistlewood H. 2021. "Spotted Wing Drosophila: A Regional Research Users’ Meeting." Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Summerland, BC. 13 pp.

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  8. Bejaei, M. and Stanich, K. (2020, December). Effects of early season reduced irrigation on sensory characteristics of Ambrosia apples – a two year study. Confidential report submitted to Summerland Varieties Corporation (Summerland, BC) and BC Fruit Growers' Association.

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  9. T.D. Nelson, K. Cu, B. Rozema, H. Thistlewood, S. Acheampong, C.E. Moffat. 2020. The diversity of insect fauna reared from non-crop hosts of Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura) (Diptera: Drosophilidae) in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia. Entomological Society of America (virtual), 16-19 November, 2020.

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  10. T.D. Nelson, K. Cu, B. Rozema, H. Thistlewood, S. Acheampong, C.E. Moffat. 2020. The diversity of insect fauna reared from non-crop hosts of Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura) (Diptera: Drosophilidae) in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia. Entomological Society of British Columbia (virtual), 26-28 October, 2020.

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