Research projects (Lacombe Research and Development Centre)

The Lacombe Research and Development Centre (Lacombe RDC) supports innovative research, development, and technology and knowledge transfer activities relevant to six of the nine Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Sector Science Strategies.

Forages and beef; Dairy, pork, poultry, and other livestock

Livestock research is improving the economic stability of beef production by reducing the cost of overwintering beef cows, increasing the value, yield and quality of pasture and forage resources while lowering production costs. Best management practices are evaluated in the field for their impact on livestock production as well as soil and water resources. Genomic and phenomic information is used to develop animal selection tools and carcass grading prediction tools.

Agri-food

Integrated meat science focuses on developing sustainable meat production systems in Canada. This includes research on meat production, quality, preservation, and safety, with an emphasis on enhancing the microbiological safety and storage stability of meat.

Cereal and pulse; Oilseeds; Agro-ecosystem productivity and health

Scientists are evaluating canola, cereal and field pea breeding lines and germplasm with improved disease resistance, adapted to the Northern short-season environments of western Canada. Agro-ecosystem research includes watershed and landscape assessment and management planning. Northern and Parkland agriculture focuses on integrated field crop, forage, weed, plant disease, insect pest and honey bee management strategies, and field pea breeding.

Current research projects at Lacombe
Project number Lead researcher Project title Budget* Duration: start Duration: end
J-000049 Pernal, Steve Health of bee pollinators in Canadian agriculture $2,658,181.00 2014-01-01 2018-03-31
J-000317 Harker, Neil Determine the agronomic and economic implications of high frequency canola rotations $389,166.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000327 Turkington, Kelly Identification and development of barley germplasm and varieties with resistance to multiple diseases $299,309.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000328 O'Donovan, John Effect of rate and timing of a pre-harvest glyphosate application on seed germination, yield and quality of malting barley $253,712.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000329 O'Donovan, John To assess the feasibility of, and risks associated with, applying plant growth regulators to mitigate lodging and associated quality and yield loss of malting barley $225,593.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000330 O'Donovan, John Quality and yield response of malting barley varieties to increasing nitrogen rates $335,078.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000331 Turkington, Kelly Development of alternative, sustainable, reduced input strategies for crop and pest management and their impact on silage quality and feed value $335,449.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000332 Turkington, Kelly Assessment of pathogen variation for scald, net blotch, stripe rust and common root rot/spot blotch pathogens in response to geographic location, host genotype, host growth stage and specific host tissues $159,749.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000333 O'Donovan, John Effect of seeding rate nitrogen rate and their interaction on B-glucan levels of hull-less barley varieties across various soil and climatic zones in western Canada $264,722.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000336 Turkington, Kelly Impact of microbial communities on malt properties in commercial malting $770,195.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000337 Turkington, Kelly The impact of seed treatments and foliar fungicides and their interaction with variety resistance and plant growth regulators on barley productivity and quality $465,216.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000351 Harker, Neil Canola sustainability – Risk mitigation $333,997.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000549 Bing, Dengjin Development of field pea varieties with improved disease resistance and harvestability $960,000.00 2013-04-01 2018-01-31
J-000637 Baron, Vern Innovative swath grazing/increasing forage research capacity $581,002.34 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000960 Li, Changxi Identifying functional SNPs to enhance genomic prediction accuracy for feed efficiency and carcass merit traits in beef cattle $416,000.00 2014-03-01 2017-06-30
J-001158 Turkington, Kelly Evaluation of scald resistance in malting barley lines (2013 -2018) $10,876.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-001274 Li, Changxi Development and application of functional genomic prediction for feed efficiency and carcass traits in beef cattle $281,000.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001275 Jones, Tineke Filamentation of listeria and survival of enteric viruses on ready to eat meats $304,555.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001288 Reedyk, Sharon Validating nutrient accumulation and loss patterns in swath grazed fields to minimize risk of loss and optimize nutrient stores $112,603.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001294 Yang, Xianqin Improve meat safety by controlling contamination of meat with persisting and transitory pathogens at meat packing plants $337,840.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001307 Meadus, Jon Increasing marbling fat by combining genetics and diet in swine $76,700.00 2016-04-01 2020-10-01
J-001336 Block, Hushton Evaluating the potential interaction between efficiency types for backgrounding weaned cattle and silage varieties differing in feed quality $113,950.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001339 Pernal, Steve Emerging parasites and pathogens of honey bees: Prevalence and pathology $200,252.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001362 Aalhus, Jennifer Novel analytical methods for meat flavour fingerprinting $220,245.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-29
J-001378 Baron, Vern Evaluation of alfalfa lines and populations for reduced-dormancy, higher yield and winter hardiness across Canada $179,715.00 2016-04-01 2018-09-30
J-001396 Dugan, Mike Larger scale fractionation of novel polyunsaturated fatty acid biohydrogenation products from beef fat and testing their bioactivity and mode of action $330,423.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001419 Pernal, Steve Assessing the effect of sperm viability on queen performance and colony productivity $96,000.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001429 Harker, Neil Improving the efficiency of harvest weed seed control $149,000.00 2016-03-01 2019-03-31
J-000049 Pernal, Steve Health of bee pollinators in Canadian agriculture $2,658,181.00 2014-01-01 2018-03-31
J-000317 Harker, Neil Determine the agronomic and economic implications of high frequency canola rotations $389,166.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000327 Turkington, Kelly Identification and development of barley germplasm and varieties with resistance to multiple diseases $299,309.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000328 O'Donovan, John Effect of rate and timing of a pre-harvest glyphosate application on seed germination, yield and quality of malting barley $253,712.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000329 O'Donovan, John To assess the feasibility of, and risks associated with, applying plant growth regulators to mitigate lodging and associated quality and yield loss of malting barley $225,593.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000330 O'Donovan, John Quality and yield response of malting barley varieties to increasing nitrogen rates $335,078.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000331 Turkington, Kelly Development of alternative, sustainable, reduced input strategies for crop and pest management and their impact on silage quality and feed value $335,449.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000332 Turkington, Kelly Assessment of pathogen variation for scald, net blotch, stripe rust and common root rot/spot blotch pathogens in response to geographic location, host genotype, host growth stage and specific host tissues $159,749.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000333 O'Donovan, John Effect of seeding rate nitrogen rate and their interaction on B-glucan levels of hull-less barley varieties across various soil and climatic zones in western Canada $264,722.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000336 Turkington, Kelly Impact of microbial communities on malt properties in commercial malting $770,195.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000337 Turkington, Kelly The impact of seed treatments and foliar fungicides and their interaction with variety resistance and plant growth regulators on barley productivity and quality $465,216.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000351 Harker, Neil Canola sustainability – Risk mitigation $333,997.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000549 Bing, Dengjin Development of field pea varieties with improved disease resistance and harvestability $960,000.00 2013-04-01 2018-01-31
J-000637 Baron, Vern Innovative swath grazing/increasing forage research capacity $581,002.34 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000960 Li, Changxi Identifying functional SNPs to enhance genomic prediction accuracy for feed efficiency and carcass merit traits in beef cattle $416,000.00 2014-03-01 2017-06-30
J-001158 Turkington, Kelly Evaluation of scald resistance in malting barley lines (2013 -2018) $10,876.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-001274 Li, Changxi Development and application of functional genomic prediction for feed efficiency and carcass traits in beef cattle $281,000.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001275 Jones, Tineke Filamentation of listeria and survival of enteric viruses on ready to eat meats $304,555.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001288 Reedyk, Sharon Validating nutrient accumulation and loss patterns in swath grazed fields to minimize risk of loss and optimize nutrient stores $112,603.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001294 Yang, Xianqin Improve meat safety by controlling contamination of meat with persisting and transitory pathogens at meat packing plants $337,840.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001307 Meadus, Jon Increasing marbling fat by combining genetics and diet in swine $76,700.00 2016-04-01 2020-10-01
J-001336 Block, Hushton Evaluating the potential interaction between efficiency types for backgrounding weaned cattle and silage varieties differing in feed quality $113,950.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001339 Pernal, Steve Emerging parasites and pathogens of honey bees: Prevalence and pathology $200,252.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001362 Aalhus, Jennifer Novel analytical methods for meat flavour fingerprinting $220,245.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-29
J-001378 Baron, Vern Evaluation of alfalfa lines and populations for reduced-dormancy, higher yield and winter hardiness across Canada $179,715.00 2016-04-01 2018-09-30
J-001396 Dugan, Mike Larger scale fractionation of novel polyunsaturated fatty acid biohydrogenation products from beef fat and testing their bioactivity and mode of action $330,423.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001419 Pernal, Steve Assessing the effect of sperm viability on queen performance and colony productivity $96,000.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001429 Harker, Neil Improving the efficiency of harvest weed seed control $149,000.00 2016-03-01 2019-03-31
*: The budget amount represents the forecast total project costs (not actual spending), including any offsets by revenues received from outside agencies/partners. It includes operations and maintenance funds used to purchase goods or services. It does not include salary dollars for staff working on the projects or any grant or contribution funds provided to outside partners for work on the projects.
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