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.

Search Research projects from the Summerland Research and Development Centre to learn more about what we do.

Sector Needs

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

4200 Highway #97
Summerland, BC V0H 1Z0
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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 Naomi DeLury
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. Stanich, K., and Bejaei, M. (2020, August). Sensory characteristics and instrumental juiciness of a new apple cultivar from different harvest maturities after storage – a two year study. Report submitted to Summerland Varieties Corporation (Summerland, BC).

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  2. MacDonald JL, Toivonen PMA. 2020. "Improving Blueberry Postharvest Quality: Managing the Atmosphere of Shipped Berries." Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Summerland, BC. 13023E/F.

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  3. 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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  4. MacDonald JL, Toivonen PMA. 2020. "Improving Blueberry Postharvest Quality: Stacking for Optimal Temperature Management." Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Summerland, BC. 13021E/F.

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Yin Lau, A.T., Barbut, S., Ross, K., Diarra, M.S., Balamurugan, S. (2019). The effect of cranberry pomace ethanol extract on the growth of meat starter cultures, Escherichia coli O157:H7, Salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis and Listeria monocytogenes, 115 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.lwt.2019.108452

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  8. 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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  9. Das, Q., Lepp, D., Yin, X., Ross, K., McCallum, J.L., Warriner, K., Marcone, M.F., Diarra, M.S. (2019). Transcriptional profiling of Salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis exposed to ethanolic extract of organic cranberry pomace, 14(7), http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0219163

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  10. 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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