Summerland Research and Development Centre
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.
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The Summerland RDC carries out innovative research, development, technology and knowledge transfer activities in support of the AAFC's Strategic Plan for Science, which includes:
Summerland RDC develops new sweet cherry and apple cultivars, conducts research on insect ecology and management, and disease epidemiology, management and host-pathogen relationships. This research enables the development of sustainable management strategies for insect pests, field and post-harvest diseases as well as emerging insect and disease pests of tree fruit and grape.
Research focuses on soil, water and nutrient management and development of management practices for tree fruit and wine grapes. The development of models for climate, land and water resources, and crop suitability supports National Climate Change Adaptation strategies.
The Canadian Plant Virus Collection acquires and distributes plant viruses for research and regulatory purposes and supports development of diagnostic tests to manage viral diseases of plants. Research also includes identifying species and enhancing our understanding of plant viruses.
The food microbiology program addresses contamination of fresh produce and sprouts with food-borne illness pathogens, in particular leafy greens and E. coli. Novel attributes of fresh produce that are associated with health are identified. Post-harvest research helps maintain the quality of apples and sweet cherries during storage to provide enhanced market opportunities and food security for these products.
Meet our Scientists
Find out more about the scientists at Summerland 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.
Scientists and researchers
Ensing, DJ, RS Bourchier, R De Clerck-Floate, V. Miller, S. Turner, and CE Moffat. 2022. Reflecting on 52 years of spotted knapweed biological control in Canada. North American Invasive Species Management Association Biocontrol Summit. 01 December 2022. Virtual meeting.2022 - View publication details
Sharifi, M., C Moffat, D. Ensing, S. Debnath, J. MacDonald, J. Pollard-Flamand, K. Fong, L. Malunga, S. Joseph, V. Marshall, B. Rabie, T. Nelson, C. Harlton, and D. Martin. 2022. Revitalizing knowledge of scwicw’s growing conditions, propagation and preservation. Report to Neskonlith Indian Band.2022 - View publication details
MacDonald JL, Judd GJR, Zurowski-Tiffin K. 2022. Efficacy of 4 mil polypropylene netting for management of Synanthedon myopaeformis in British Columbian apple orchards. Joint Annual Meeting: Entomological Society of America, Entomological Society of Canada, Entomological Society of British Columbia. Vancouver, BC, Canada. 16 November 2022. Poster.2022 - View publication details
La lutte biologique en Colombie-Britannique: des écosystèmes disparates, des communautés diverses. 2022. Moffat, C.E., Nelson, T.D., Marshall, V., Williams, H.E., Ensing, D.J. Societe d'entomologie du Quebec reunion annuelle 2022. 27-28 Octobre 2022, Granby, QC.2022 - View publication details
MacDonald JL, Franklin M, Hann S. 2022. A more inclusive biovigilance approach to pest management: Case study of the strawberry blossom weevil. Joint Annual Meeting: Entomological Society of America, Entomological Society of Canada, Entomological Society of British Columbia. 6 Nov 2022. Vancouver, BC, Canada.2022 - View publication details
Williams HE, CE Moffat. 2022. Tree of Heaven – Impacts, Promising Options for Biological Control, and risk posed to facilitate an Invasion of Spotted Lanternfly. BC Regional Invasive Species Organizations - Annual Meeting, Sept 28th, 20222022 - View publication details
Burlakoti RR, Novinscak A, and Sharifi M. 2023. Understanding the diseases of key native berry crops-steps toward revitalization. Poster Presented at Seabird Island Band open house in Seabird on August 31, 2023.2022 - View publication details
Ensing, DJ, RS Bourchier, R De Clerck-Floate, V. Miller, S. Turner, and CE Moffat. 2022. Variable biological control of spotted knapweed in British Columbia. Joint Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America and the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution. 14-19 August 2022 Montreal, QC.2022 - View publication details
MacDonald JL, Hannam KD, Xu H. 2022. Signs and symptoms of sudden apple decline in British Columbia: Impacts on tree physiology, and the potential role of environmental stressors. Canadian Phytopathological Society Annual Meeting. Virtual. 4 July 2022. Oral Presentation2022 - View publication details
Ensing, DJ, RS Bourchier, R De Clerck-Floate, V. Miller, S. Turner, and CE Moffat. 2022. Biological control of spotted knapweed in the East Kootenay (and beyond). East Kootenay Invasive Species Council Annual General Meeting. Invited Virtual Presentation. 09 June 2022.2022 - View publication details
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