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. Huang M, Fernando U, Djuric-Ciganovic S, Wang X, Bakkeren G, Linning R, Bykova NV, Rampitsch C (2018) Quantitative proteomic approaches to characterize the dynamic and comprehensive defence responses of wheat to leaf rust. 66th ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics, San Diego, CA, USA, June 3-7, 2018. Poster

    2018 - View publication details

  2. 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 - View publication details

  3. Yadav, V., Sun, S., Billmyre, R.B., Thimmappa, B.C., Shea, T., Lintner, R., Bakkeren, G., Cuomo, C.A., Heitman, J., Sanyal, K. (2018). RNAi is a critical determinant of centromere evolution in closely related fungi, 115(12), 3108-3113. http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1713725115

    2018 - View publication details

  4. Watson, T.T., Forge, T.A., Nelson, L.M. (2018). Pseudomonads contribute to regulation of Pratylenchus penetrans (Nematoda) populations on apple, 64(11), 775-785. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjm-2018-0040

    2018 - View publication details

  5. MacDonald JL, Maw E, Clarke P. 2017. First identifications of aphid and diamondback moth populations on wasabi in British Columbia. Journal of the Entomological Society of British Columbia 114: 93-96

    2017 - View publication details

  6. Lu, W., Atkinson, D.E., Newlands, N.K. (2017). ENSO climate risk: predicting crop yield variability and coherence using cluster-based PCA, 3(4), 1343-1359. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s40808-017-0382-0

    2017 - View publication details

  7. Cliff, M.A., Stanich, K. and Singh, A. 2017. Degree-of-Liking by Children and Adults of New and Existing Commercial Sweet Cherry Cultivars that had been stored for approximately 8 weeks - A Confidential Project Report. AAFC Agri-Innovation Program 15 pp. Oct. 31 2017.

    2017 - View publication details

  8. Forney, C.F., S. Blatt, T. Forge, D. Neilsen, J.A. Cline, K.D. Munro Pennell and S.A.E. Fillmore. 2017. Rootstock effects on phloem amino acid composition: Role in aphid resistance. ASHS Annual Meeting Sept 19-22, 2017, Waikoloa, Hawaii, USA (abstract) https://ashs.confex.com/ashs/2017/webprogramarchives/Paper26286.html

    2017 - View publication details

  9. Newlands, N.K., Gel, Y.R., Lyubchich, V., Lu, W. 2017. Weather index-based crop insurance: Exploring the benefits of Bayesian and Deep Learning models in crop yield prediction. 52nd Actuarial Research Conference (ARC 2017) Risk Management and Insurance, July 26-28: Theme: Actuarial Research at the Crossroads: Transcending Disciplines, Georgia State University (J. Mack Robinson School of Business), Atlantic, GA, USA.

    2017 - View publication details

  10. Coelho, M.A., Bakkeren, G., Sun, S., Hood, M.E., Giraud, T. (2017). Fungal sex: The basidiomycota, 5(3), http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/microbiolspec.FUNK-0046-2016

    2017 - View publication details