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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Want your frozen vegetables to taste like they were fresh?
This new method of preparing vegetables might do the trick.

A female nematode seen under the microscope. It looks like a large grey worm.

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.

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 strategies below, or review our complete List of Scientific Achievements in Agriculture for an alphabetical menu of our science-related articles and videos.

Agri-food
Includes: food, beverage and food ingredients, processing, packaging, distribution, and consumption. AAFC provides expertise, infrastructure, and leadership in food innovation (food and health, food processing and food attributes) and food safety.

Dairy, pork, poultry and other livestock
Concentrates on the needs and research capacity from production through product quality assessment (milk, meat), and includes on-farm revenue-generating activities such as the production of bio-energy from manure. This strategy also encompasses other livestock systems such as: turkey, laying hens, eggs, goats, etc.

Agro-ecosystem productivity and health
Addresses threats and opportunities related to the environment, the maintenance and enhancement of natural productive capacity, and the reduction of agriculture's environmental footprint.

Forages and beef
Considers the needs and research capacity of the sector from beef production through to meat quality; as well as the production of native and tame forages (plants eaten by grazing livestock) for export and domestic use.

Biodiversity and bioresources
Covers the department's scientific activities related to the preservation of organisms and genetic material of interest to agriculture, as well as the protection of Canada's biodiversity and agricultural value chain from pests and invasive species.

Horticulture
Includes: potatoes, greenhouse and field vegetables, small fruits, tree fruit, honey, herbs and spices, etc. Covers the needs and research capacity of this sector from a crop production perspective including: production, post-harvest treatment, storage, and distribution of fresh and minimally processed produce.

Bioproducts
Related to agri-based feedstocks for non-food and non-feed industrial bioproducts. This includes multi-purpose commodities whose end use is industrial (e.g. flax for fibre); purpose-grown crops; animal and food waste; woody species (agroforestry); and biopesticides.

Oilseeds
Relates to crop production, particularly for food and feed end uses, up to and including storage of harvested material. The crop types considered within this strategy include: canola, rapeseed, mustard, soybeans (oilseed and food‐grade), flax, sunflower, hemp, and safflower.

Cereals and pulses
Considers the needs and research capacity of the cereal and pulse sectors from a crop production perspective with a primary focus on: wheat, corn, peas, lentils, barley, oats, and dry beans; as well as other grains such as canary seed, chickpeas, rye, triticale and buckwheat.

For more information on any of AAFC's science achievement stories contact:

Media Relations
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
1-866-345-7972
media.relations@agr.gc.ca

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