Research projects (Fredericton Research and Development Centre)

The Fredericton Research and Development Centre supports innovative research, development, and technology and knowledge transfer activities relevant three of the nine Agriculture and Agri-Food Sector Science Strategies.


Fredericton RDC develops potato germplasm for different production areas of Canada and coordinates with the Lethbridge Research Centre to advance potato varieties for western Canada. New varieties include traits for enhanced yield, environmental sustainability, health benefits, and use in bioproduct applications. Research is conducted to understand potato resistance to bacterial and viral pathogens and insect pests, and study the behavior of pathogens and insect pests to develop new ways to control potato diseases.

Agro-ecosystem productivity and health

Research focuses on understanding nutrient dynamics and agro-chemical losses to the environment in potato production systems and developing technologies to predict nutrient deficiency. Fredericton RDC collaborates with AAFC’s Charlottetown Research and Development Centre to develop and evaluate beneficial management practices for enhanced efficiency and environmental sustainability of potato production.

Biodiversity and bioresources

The Plant Gene Resources Potato Collection collects, maintains and generates potato germplasm and their wild relatives. Scientists develop DNA fingerprinting and genotyping technologies to manage potato genetic resources and select core accessions for conservation, research and utilization.

Current projects at Fredericton
Project number Lead researcher Project title Budget* Duration: start Duration: end
J-000046 Hann, Sheldon Development of potato agronomy techniques toward addressing long-standing maritime potato yield decline $350,640.00 2014-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000921 Zebarth, Bernie Improving NB grower profitability and competitiveness through mitigation of limitations to potato yield / use of compost to improve soil health and NB potato grower profitability and competitiveness $0.00 2014-09-03 2018-03-31
J-000922 Tai, Helen Joint assessment of mass spectrometry and laboratory automation equipment $0.00 2013-10-29 2017-09-30
J-000991 Bizimungu, Benoit Integrated research-development-technology-transfer approach to enhance productivity and sustainability of potato production in Canada $3,659,065.00 2015-04-01 2019-03-31
J-000994 Li, Sheng Characterizing and modeling the interactions between water and tillage erosion under potato and cereal production systems $428,600.00 2015-04-01 2018-03-31
J-001026 Hann, Sheldon Species survey and testing of resistance to chlorpyrifos in delia species in brassica vegetable growing areas in Canada $194,000.00 2015-04-01 2017-09-30
J-001270 Zebarth, Bernie Reducing sediment, N and P loading from arable cropping systems to receiving waters in eastern Canada (PEI, NB, NS, QC) $1,761,512.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001508 Nie, Xianzhou Developing amplicon based metagenomics tools for diagnosis and detection of phytoplasmas, liberibacter and exotic viruses in potatoes $15,000.00 2016-08-19 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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