Research projects (Lethbridge Research and Development Centre)

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

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

Lethbridge RDC has a national mandate for research on feedlot finishing of beef cattle, with a focus on enhancing productivity, reducing adverse environmental impacts, addressing concerns regarding food safety (with a production focus), including antibiotic resistance, animal health and welfare, and mitigating disease threats and their vectors.

Cereal and pulse; Oilseeds; Horticulture

New varieties (potatoes, beans, wheat, triticale, rye and forages) and sustainable crop production and protection technologies are developed for crops on dry and irrigated lands, adapted to Canadian prairies. Discovery type science and innovation is using novel technologies, such as remote sensing and imaging technologies, plant biotechnologies and increasing the integration with biological science, breeding, agronomy and farming.

Agro-ecosystem productivity and health

Lethbridge RDC’s research includes: nutrient cycling associated with cropping and livestock production; monitoring crop and environmental health using remote sensing and imaging technologies; and ecological modeling to understand the impact of various management practices at the farm level on the local environment.

Biodiversity and bioresources

Lethbridge RDC’s germplasm and collections facilitate increasing agricultural productivity and environmental performance while contributing to building capacity to cope with threats along the agriculture value chain.

Current research projects at Lethbridge
Project number Lead researcher Project title Budget* Duration: start Duration: end
J-000217 Randhawa, Harpinder Enhancing fusarium and rust tolerance in Canadian durum wheat ADF, NRC, U of S and CYMMT $276,750.00 2014-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000256 Larsen, Jamie Genetic enhancement of winter triticale for broad adaptation and applications in Canada $400,000.00 2014-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000322 Turkington, Kelly Crop rotation systems for crop productivity and pest control $427,385.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000399 Beres, Brian Adaptation assessment of new wheat cultivars in Beaverlodge, Lacombe, Lethbridge AB; Scott, Melfort, Saskatoon, Indian Head, Swift Current SK; Brandon and Morden MB $1,075,991.03 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000402 Randhawa, Harpinder Development of field-ready cultivars of
Canada western soft white spring (CWSWS) wheat
$449,371.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000403 Graf, Robert Development of field ready Canada western red winter (CWRW) wheat cultivars $406,727.02 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000411 Aboukhaddour, Reem Development of stripe rust and common bunt-resistant cultivars of winter and spring wheat $153,268.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000553 Balasubramanian, Parthiba Dry bean improvement for sustainable production in Canada $3,093,884.93 2013-04-01 2018-01-31
J-000607 Balasubramanian, Parthiba Dry bean cultivars for southern AB and SK (2012-17): Development of pinto bean and yellow bean cultivars with high yield and seed quality $359,712.04 2012-04-01 2022-03-31
J-000632 Genswein, Karen Effect of age and handling on pain assessment and mitigation of common painful routine management practices $601,176.31 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000633 Beauchemin, Karen Increased use of high energy forages in conventional feedlot beef production $398,843.85 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000636 McAllister, Tim Defining the environmental footprint of Canadian beef production $35,649.67 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000962 Beres, Brian The integration of spring wheat genetics and agronomics to mitigate risks associated with early plantings into cold soils $260,879.95 2014-04-01 2018-09-30
J-000969 Acharya, Surya Introduction of bloat-free legumes into existing pastures for high performance cattle grazing in western Canada $150,001.00 2014-10-20 2018-05-31
J-000973 Kawchuk, Lawrence Late blight prevention and elimination $240,000.24 2014-04-15 2018-03-31
J-001003 Laroche, Andre The Wheat Disease Forecasting Network (WDFN), a web based system that integrates spore trapping and weather monitoring to forecast disease epidemics $385,250.00 2015-04-01 2018-03-31
J-001007 Dergousoff, Shaun Determinants of animal disease vector abundance and range $159,600.00 2015-04-01 2018-03-31
J-001024 Graf, Robert Development of premium quality western Canadian winter wheat $544,690.02 2014-04-01 2019-11-30
J-001027 Bourchier, Robert Establishment, impact and spread of the first biocontrol agents for swallow-worts and knotweeds in North America $224,408.00 2015-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001037 Colwell, Doug Risk identification and mitigation strategies for control of roundworms in cattle on pasture $266,910.00 2015-04-01 2018-03-31
J-001047 Chatterton, Syama Prevalence, pathogenicity and risk assessment of fusarium species causing root rot of field peas $62,000.00 2013-04-01 2017-11-30
J-001077 Genswein, Karen Welfare assessment of alternates to electric prods for use in beef cattle $142,956.00 2014-10-20 2017-06-30
J-001080 Alexander, Trevor The impact of pathogen prevalence and antimicrobial resistance on
bovine respiratory disease in feedlot cattle
$317,890.00 2015-04-01 2018-03-31
J-001100 Lu, Zhen-Xiang Characterization and reduction of asparagine in raw potato and acrylamide in processed potato $274,999.99 2015-03-31 2017-12-30
J-001110 Chatterton, Syama Infectivity model for aphanomyces euteiches in Saskatchewan soils $292,772.25 2015-04-01 2018-03-31
J-001116 Larsen, Jamie Identifying new genes in domesticated intermediate wheatgrass to improve biotic stress resistance $355,624.00 2015-04-01 2019-11-30
J-001123 Larney, Francis Occurrence of MGA in water, soil and manure $70,000.00 2015-09-01 2018-09-01
J-001151 Balasubramanian, Parthiba Assessment of hard seeds in navy bean cultivars $19,248.00 2015-04-01 2018-03-31
J-001152 Laroche, Andre Development of a highly sensitive, specific and rapid detection system for stripe rust spores in the field $74,804.65 2015-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001186 Randhawa, Harpinder Development of spring wheat (SWS and GP) with higher yield
potential for Alberta's bio-economy
$368,000.00 2015-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001273 Yang, WenZhu Develop value-added applications of by-products derived from food processing $162,106.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001347 Catton, Haley Accounting for natural enemies in a dynamic action threshold for cereal leaf beetle $159,000.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001348 Abbott, Wade Non-antimicrobial alternatives for improving innate immune health, colonization resistance and environmental performance of swine $349,912.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001349 Hao, Xiying Management strategies to improve rangeland soil health and productivity $352,505.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001350 Alexander, Trevor Technology development of alternatives to subtherapeutic and metaphylactic antimicrobials used in the beef industry $749,700.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001352 Smith, Elwin Conserving soil resources and increasing the productivity of cropping systems for the Canadian prairies $369,865.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001353 Lu, Zhen-Xiang Enhancement of protein and resistant starch contents in field pea to promote its uses in functional food application $229,950.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001355 Inglis, Douglas Novel innovations to mitigate relevant Campylobacter jejuni subtypes in the poultry supply chain $399,999.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-29
J-001358 Larsen, Jamie Improving persistence in perennial cereals through examination of flowering time gene expression, cold tolerance and breeding $225,000.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001360 Hao, Xiying Novel vs. traditional manure/compost to conserve soil resources and improve soil health $704,756.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001380 Floate, Kevin Diversity and ecosystem function of insects in cattle dung on pastures $209,243.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001381 Koenig, Karen Phytobiotics as alternatives to antimicrobials in beef cattle production $252,340.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001404 Baines, Danica Prebiotics, a novel tool to prevent pesticide exposure in bee pollinators $105,000.00 2016-04-01 2020-03-31
J-001407 Larney, Francis Evaluation of best management practices (BMPs) for mitigation of hormone transport in surface runoff from manured soils $427,194.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001409 Ellert, Benjamin Agricultural sustainability and biogeochemical cycling: Soil processes influencing N dynamics, and assessment of plant availability and environmental mobility $187,005.00 2016-04-04 2019-03-31
J-001411 Kroebel, Roland Measuring and assessing Canadian rangeland and other agricultural best management practices with the enhanced whole-farm model HOLOS $530,225.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001428 Graf, Robert Enhancing the stability of recent yield advances
in western Canadian winter wheat
$879,999.60 2016-04-01 2020-03-31
J-001519 Carcamo, Hector Biology and management of pea leaf weevil in support of faba bean and field pea production $196,957.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001521 McAllister, Tim Alkaline treated straw and micro machine technology to improve digestive health and profitability of feedlot cattle $92,738.00 2016-09-01 2018-09-03
J-001530 Genswein, Karen Occurrence, characterization and risk factors associated with lameness within Alberta feedlots: Analysis of extra samples $205,900.00 2016-10-01 2018-04-30
J-001554 Carcamo, Hector Validation of lygus and other insect pest thresholds in commercial farms throughout the prairie provinces $426,960.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001565 Chatterton, Syama Epidemiology of chocolate spot of faba bean $105,475.00 2016-12-01 2020-03-31
J-001591 Catton, Haley Managing wireworms in southern Alberta wheat fields with crop rotations and beneficial insects $224,621.00 2017-05-01 2020-10-31
*: 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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