Scientific achievements in agriculture

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New cattle feed supplement has methane falling and optimism rising!
Our scientist Dr. Karen Beauchemin teamed up with her Australian counterparts to discover that adding the supplement 3-nitrooxypropanol to cattle feed reduces methane emissions by 30-50%, while improving feed efficiency by 3-5%.

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National consortium wants Canada to have a bigger bite of apple market
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada apple researchers are among the members of a new National Apple Breeding Consortium that wants to see Canada have a bigger bite of the global apple market.

Know how to control nematodes in market garden crops
Nematodes are pests that you need to keep an eye on in order to ensure the productivity of market garden crops. Several species are considered parasites of fruits and vegetables. The researchers at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada are dedicated to the development of tools to fight these pests.

Breakthrough discovery promises resistance against soybean disease
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada scientist discovers key genes which will help in breeding new disease-resistant varieties of soybeans and ultimately increase farmers’ yields and profits.

List of scientific achievements in agriculture

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's (AAFC) research activities are focused around nine science strategies. Read about AAFC's latest agricultural science achievements by browsing the following table:

Scientific achievements in agriculture
Title Science Sector Product Type
A gut reaction: Yeast-eating bacteria provide key to human and animal intestinal health Biodiversity and bioresources Article
A low glycemic potato expands the menu for diabetics Agri-food Article
A natural turbo boost for newly cleared land Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
AAFC research shows that the nutritional value of pulse ingredients can be enhanced, making pulse products better for our health Cereals and pulses Article
Agricultural double agent: Beetles are both an ally and an adversary Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada explores ways to improve preserving bovine eggs Dairy, pork, poultry and other livestock Article
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada supports innovation by joining Global Open Data Initiative Agri-food Article
Agri-Geomatics: The big data revolution in agriculture (video) Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Video
AgWeather Atlantic (video) Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Video
AgWeather Quebec: For better agricultural decision making Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
AgWeather Quebec: For better decisions in farming (video) Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Video
Ahead of the herd in cutting cattle carbon (video) Forages and beef Video
Air Male – Canadian animal genetic resources helping to preserve genetic diversity one package at a time Biodiversity and bioresources Article
Alfalfa: How to increase the sugar content (video) Forages and beef Video
Are early and frequent fungicide applications on durum wheat beneficial in increasing grain productivity? Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Atlantic Brew: New barley and hop varieties for craft breweries (video) Cereals and pulses Video
Bacteria discovery could enhance crop growth Biodiversity and bioresources Article
Baked, fried, soups and salads: There's a potato for that! Horticulture Article
Barley is 'in' when it comes to heart health Agri-food Article
Barley: A top crop from your heart to your gut Cereals and pulses Article
Beef Genomic Prediction Trial Forages and beef Video
Bees are delivering more than pollen in greenhouses Horticulture Article
Biology of soil in Canada (video) Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Video
Biovigilance: A holistic approach to agriculture (video) Horticulture Video
Brave the cold weather with oats! Agri-food Article
Breakthrough discovery promises resistance against soybean disease Biodiversity and bioresources Article
Bringing Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's research results to the farm Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Bug-fix for stored grain Horticulture Video
Building our knowledge about soils: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada creates network of monitoring stations Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Buried carbon, Hidden microbes Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Camelina: Potential on the Shelf Bioproducts Article
Can the milk production of sows be improved? Dairy, pork, poultry and other livestock Article
Canada 150 crop art explained: Precision agriculture and Agri-Geomatic Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Canadian scientists contribute to international effort to sequence the canola genome Oilseeds Article
Canary seed – Not just "for the birds" anymore Biodiversity and bioresources Article
Carinata: An oilseed ready for lift-off Bioproducts Article
Chemistry of soil (video) Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Video
Citizen science: Collecting agroclimate data Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Collaborative satellite mapping: Creating a clear picture of soil moisture Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Comprehensive study uses wind tunnels to provide farmers with innovative nitrogen management options Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Controlling Giant Ragweed in soybeans and corn possible with good crop management Cereals and pulses Article
Cooking conditions to get the most out of your pulses Cereals and pulses Article
Could Western winter wheat be Canada’s new premium quality product? Developments are underway to make this a reality Cereals and pulses Article
Cover crops a good tool for soil health Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Cover crops: For the control of vineyard pests (video) Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Video
Cranberries may boost broiler chicken immunity Dairy, pork, poultry and other livestock Article
Cultivating excellence: London greenhouse (video) Horticulture Video
Custom hog feeding (video) Dairy, pork, poultry and other livestock Video
Cyst nematodes: Molecular tools for population monitoring in fields Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Dairy products improve the absorption of polyphenols in food Agri-food Article
Dandelions beware: New product on market to white you out Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Deodorizing pig manure with a slurry bioreactor! Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Discovery could lead to drought-resistant alfalfa Dairy, pork, poultry and other livestock Article
DNA barcoding - Science helping farmers identify friend from foe Agri-food Article
DNA barcoding (video) Agri-food Video
Doing something about the weather Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Video
Eat your pulses (video) Cereals and pulses Video
Eco-efficient management of Canadian dairy farms Dairy, pork, poultry and other livestock Article
Fatal attraction: companion planting technique controls wireworms in potatoes Agri-food Article
Field boundaries: A home sweet home for bees Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Foraging into the future Forages and beef Article
Frozen dinners for cattle: swath grazing saves time and money Forages and beef Article
Getting prime pork from your pigs Dairy, pork, poultry and other livestock Article
Geomatics: We’ve got a map for that Horticulture Article
Grass fed beef (video) Forages and beef Video
Grazing response index: How healthy are your grazing lands? Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Green solutions send orchard pests packing Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Greenhouse lighting: Bright lights, big produce Horticulture Article
Greenhouse lighting: Bright lights, big produce (video) Horticulture Video
Growing corn in the cold (video) Horticulture Video
Hairy canola meets the Crucifer flea beetle (video) Oilseeds Video
Harrington Research Farm gets certified organic for organic research plots Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Healthier soil may mean healthier yield – Compost study underway to increase potato productivity in New Brunswick Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Hot potatoes (video) Agri-food Video
If plants could talk Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
If you eat grain-fed veal, thank the Dairy and Swine Research and Development Centre! Dairy, pork, poultry and other livestock Article
Improving hog wellbeing (video) Dairy, pork, poultry and other livestock Video
Improving the health of early-lactation dairy cows Dairy, pork, poultry and other livestock Article
International back-up plan held in Norwegian vault Biodiversity and bioresources Article
It is a proven fact that vitamin B12 is better absorbed from cow's milk Dairy, pork, poultry and other livestock Article
Keeping potatoes alive: We've got your "backup" Biodiversity and bioresources Article
Lab coats and naked oats: The Vern Burrows Story (video) Cereals and pulses Video
Labrador Tea: a story of collaboration (video) Agri-food Video
Lactofermentation for vegetables (video) Agri-food Video
Land of the living soil Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Largest soil study in Canada shows simple yet profound discovery Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Limiting contamination from pesticide spills, splashes and rinses Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Lingonberries: More good news for this rising star in the "super" food market Horticulture Article
Long-term study of legacy phosphorus Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Looking to nature to control the disease that caused the Irish Potato Famine Bioproducts Article
Lunchtime is over for the Colorado potato beetle Horticulture Article
Lure of the lingonberry: Win-Win for northern agriculture and heart health Agri-food Article
Making frozen veggies tasty Agri-food Article
Managing soils to benefit crops Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Microorganisms: An eco-friendly, sustainable way to help crops grow Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
National consortium wants Canada to have a bigger bite of apple market Agri-food Article
Natural defenses of plants (video) Bioproducts Video
Natural resistance to spots and rots Biodiversity and bioresources Article
New approach to feeding cows benefits both farmers and the environment Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
New cattle feed supplement has methane falling and optimism rising! Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
New hope in the fight to protect global wheat supply from Ug99 stem rust Cereals and pulses Article
New model scores a hat-trick for farmers – helping them manage aphids, save money, and improve environmental performance Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
New pest management practices for the control of wireworm (video) Horticulture Video
New strawberry farming method leads to increased yield Horticulture Article
New, environmentally friendly bioplastic in development at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Bioproducts Article
Optimizing pig feeding: Win-win for both producers and the environment Dairy, pork, poultry and other livestock Article
Over wintering strategies: New vineyard management practices (video) Horticulture Video
Perfect cherries: From tree to table (video) Horticulture Video
Pilot plant program (video) Agri-food Video
Plant Gene Resources Canada (video) Biodiversity and bioresources Video
Plants and bacteria working together Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Potatoes named in celebration of Canada 150 Horticulture Article
Poultry vitrification: Keeping the flock diverse Dairy, pork, poultry and other livestock Article
Prairie insects: The good, the bad, and the useful (video) Biodiversity and bioresources Video
Pulses can help stabilize blood sugar Cereals and pulses Article
Pulses in western Canadian crop rotations Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Reducing greenhouse gases in dairy production (video) Forages and beef Video
Researcher wins 2015 Seed of the Year award Oilseeds Article
Researchers have high hopes for sorghum sudan grass Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Safe cooking of tenderized meat: It's all about internal temperature and flipping! Agri-food Article
Safer meat for Canadians Agri-food Article
Sainfoin – A new light is shone on an old forage plant Forages and beef Article
SCAN, a precision agriculture tool to optimize nitrogen management in the fields Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Science versus nature: The battle of keeping fruit and veggies fresh and delicious Horticulture Article
Scientists share midge attacking parasitoids with neighbours Biodiversity and bioresources Article
Soil "fingerprinting": Opening doors to improved soil monitoring Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Soil activity in winter: Soil doesn't sleep under its blanket of snow Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Soil fingerprinting: New tool for soil analysis (video) Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Video
Soil moisture maps at your fingertips: Government and industry collaborate on new satellite-based application Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Soil moisture mission rockets into next phase Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Soil nutrients and phosphorus: The molecular view (video) Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Video
Solutions to fix soil erosion Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Soy What? (video) Oilseeds Video
Spilling the beans on gut health Cereals and pulses Article
Strawberries with a neat hook (video) Horticulture Video
Swath Grazing (video) Forages and beef Video
Sweet science: A new device for checking apple ripeness (video) Horticulture Video
Sweet science: Precision apple harvesting Horticulture Article
Sweet twist on silage making pays off Dairy, pork, poultry and other livestock Article
Switching cows to a different feed can reduce greenhouse gas emissions Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
The beaver and panda gut may hold the key to more efficient digestion in livestock Forages and beef Article
The importance of soils (video) Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Video
The IViDiS: an artificial stomach that assesses foods (video) Agri-food Video
The push is on for biopesticides Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
The secret life of plants (video) Biodiversity and bioresources Video
To tackle a pathogen, get the ID right first! Biodiversity and bioresources Article
Using research drones to increase potato production (video) Horticulture Video
Weathering winter: New vineyard management practices Horticulture Article
Wheat breeding and molecular genetics: A needle in a haystack Cereals and pulses Article
Wheat research benefits farmers (video) Cereals and pulses Video
When artificial breeding is better than natural: the case of the wood bison Biodiversity and bioresources Article
Wild pollinators (video) Biodiversity and bioresources Video
Wood chip versus barley straw livestock bedding: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada researchers share findings from thirteen-year study Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Yellow pea protein (video) Agri-food Video
A new pathogen detection method to improve food safety Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Research note
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada researchers find pork molecule boosts meat quality Dairy, pork, poultry and other livestock Research note
Antibiotic resistant gene discovery Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Research note
Blueberries: transitioning from wild to cultivated production Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Research note
Blueberry anthocyanins and human health Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Research note
Canadienne cow cheese Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Research note
Cost-effective blueberry production Horticulture Research note
Cover crops to combat bacterial diseases in squash Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Research note
Food soybean database for industry Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Research note
Incorporating whole flaxseed into spaghetti and bread Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Research note
Maintaining broccoli freshness in storage Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Research note
Measuring the hydraulic properties of soil Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Research note
New beneficial bacterium named for Canada's 150th Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Research note
New tool for measuring soil organic matter Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Research note
Novel plant tools for pest control Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Research note
Reducing apple storage disorders Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Research note
Reducing phosphorus in Lake Erie Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Research note
Safeguarding maple syrup quality Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Research note
Use of insect netting for Cabbage Maggot control Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Research note
Wood chip bioreactors reduce water nitrates levels Bioproducts Research note
Ground hemlock at home on the forest floor Horticulture Research note
Gypsum as an organic amendment in lowbush blueberry production Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Research note
Highbush blueberry - Research targets new markets Horticulture Research note
Nature's Bounty - Improving cranberries for a healthier tomorrow Horticulture Research note
Rainbow coloured potatoes Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Research note
Reduce pre-plant soil-applied phosphorus and maintain carrot yield Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Research note
What is hydroponics? Agri-food Research note
Wild blueberry leaf nutrient ranges - Nova Scotia Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Research note
Prince Edward Island - Wild blueberry leaf nutrient ranges Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Research note
Taking the pulse of Canada's pea, lentil, dry bean and chickpea industry Cereals and pulses Research note
Calling on more troops - New beetles help degrade dung on Canadian pastures Biodiversity and bioresources Research note
Conserving valuable Canadian poulty genetics - You can help Biodiversity and bioresources Research note
Reducing methane emissions from livestock Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Research note
Winterfat - Packed with protein for fall and winter grazing Biodiversity and bioresources Research note
A raw apple juice that doesn't turn brown! Horticulture Research note
Clear and stable apple juice! Agri-food Research note
Science: A key ingredient in producing high quality Canadian wines Agri-food Research note
Value-added soy protein Agri-food Research note
Grazing Response Index Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Research note
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's potato varieties have something for everyone Horticulture Article
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