London Research and Development Centre

London, Ontario

London, Ontario - London Research and Development Centre

The London Research and Development Centre is one of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's (AAFC) national network of 20 research centres. The Centre conducts research in the areas of genomics, biotechnology and integrated pest management (insects and plant diseases).

A satellite research location associated with the London Research and Development Centre is located in Vineland, Ontario. The Vineland Research Farm is a Minor Use Pesticide Program Site which supports the center's mission to develop alternative and environmentally acceptable technologies to protect crops. It is also the main site of tree fruit research.

The centre focuses its research in three key areas:

  • Crop genomics, bioproducts, and biopesticides;
  • Protection and improvement of fruits and vegetable crops;
  • Soil and water quality.

Some publications from London Research and Development Centre:

Tour the London Greenhouse

Good things are growing in the London Research and Development Centre new $10 million state-of-the-art greenhouse. Take a video tour of the greenhouse to see the exciting research being done at the London facility.

Areas of Research

The London Research and Development Centre brings a long-term commitment in crop protection research to the agri-food industry in southern Ontario. Scientists develop alternative and environmentally acceptable technologies to improve crop value and crop performance to biotic (plant pathogens and insect pests) and abiotic stress and determine the impacts of agricultural practices on soil and water quality.

The Centre's areas of core research are aligned with national priorities to help the sector adapt and remain competitive in domestic and global markets. Greater participation in research networks and industry-led partnerships expands the Centre's innovation capacity.

Working with Nature

  • Improving management of field crops and enhancing soil quality - its structure and fertility - while maintaining the integrity of the agricultural environment
  • Developing strategies and procedures for managing insect pests based on biological control with minimal or no reliance on chemical pesticides
  • Studying crop pest populations and their movements; investigating chemical controls for short-term use in crops of small production volume
  • Breeding tree fruits to produce selections and varieties that can better resist diseases, pests
  • Using innovative methods of producing, handling and processing crops to achieve quality products

Biotechnology at its Best

  • Using automated DNA sequencing and biological information systems, data bases, indexes, bioinformatics, etc. to solve problems in crop production.
  • Understanding growth and crop production processes at the molecular level, such as the interaction between a crop and a pest, how a particular high-value compound is produced, or how protein is accumulated in plants, to allow the enhancement of those processes.
  • Acquiring knowledge of the genetic composition of plants so traits can be manipulated to produce novel value-added products to improve plant performance under adverse conditions, or to provide foods with improved nutritional qualities.

Facts, Figures and Facilities

  • Headquarters site at London is on 25 hectares; 30 hectares are at Vineland (located at the Vineland Campus in the Niagara Peninsula)
  • Research orchard of 32 hectares (at Jordan, Ontario)
  • Three research greenhouses totaling 1,834 square meters
  • Lab and office space at all three sites comprises 7,096 square meters
  • Insect production rooms
  • Over 30 collaborative projects with industry, universities and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Linked to the Biotron facility at the University of Western Ontario, an experimental facility for research on the impact of climate change and extreme environments on plants, insects and micro-organisms.

Contact Us

1391 Sandford Street
London, Ontario
N5V 4T3
Telephone: 519-457-1470 (206)
Fax: 519-457-3997

Vineland Research Farm
4902 Victoria Avenue North, P.O. 6000
Vineland, Ontario
L0R 2E0

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