Research projects (Harrow Research and Development Centre)
The Harrow Research and Development Centre (Harrow RDC) supports innovative research, development, and technology and knowledge transfer activities relevant to four of the nine Agriculture and Agri-Food Sector Science Strategies.
Research focuses on sustainable year-round greenhouse crop production (using supplemental lighting and automation technologies for vegetables and ornamentals) and examines dynamic plant-based climate control, nutrient, irrigation, integrated crop management strategies, energy conservation and renewable energy. Integrated pest control strategies (including minor use pesticide products) are developed to manage current and emerging insects, viral, fungal and bacterial diseases.
Agro-ecosystem productivity and health
The Centre develops environmentally sustainable agricultural practices for the Ontario Great Lakes watershed through research on water management, nutrient dynamics (nitrogen, phosphorus), soil physical quality and carbon dynamics. Environmental quality issues associated with nitrate and phosphorus losses (ie. leaching, surface runoff, tile drainage) are examined for their impact on the Great Lakes basin, carbon sequestration and carbon dioxide emissions.
Cereal and pulse
The Harrow RDC develops food soybean and dry bean germplasm and cultivars and supports winter wheat research conducted by AAFC’s Ottawa Research and Development Centre. Pest management research includes ecology, population dynamics and plant-pest interactions, and management of disease, insect, nematode, and weed pests on these crops.
Biodiversity and bioresources
The Canadian Clonal Genebank, part of AAFC’s Plant Gene Resources Program, preserves the genetic diversity of Canadian fruit crops by acquiring and maintaining wild plant material and named cultivated varieties.
|Project number||Lead researcher||Project name||Budget*||Duraction: start||Duraction: end|
|J-000019||Handyside, Patrick||Developing and transferring AAFC research on plant-available water capacity and soil air capacity to increase WUE and improve the productivity and profitability of the Canadian horticulture sector||$185,500.00||2014-04-01||2018-03-31|
|J-000022||Feisthauer, Natalie||Disseminating the applicability and usage of a unique “soil fingerprinting” framework that systematically characterizes and tracks soil quality changes induced by best management practices||$91,650.00||2014-04-01||2018-03-31|
|J-000029||Joosse, Pamela||Identifying the capacity to improve soil and nutrient management in agricultural production systems of the Canadian Lake Erie basin||$219,167.00||2014-04-01||2018-03-31|
|J-000034||Fransen, Sonja||Mitigating nutrient losses through tile drainage by developing and transferring AAFC's research in CD/SI||$202,500.00||2014-04-01||2018-03-31|
|J-000247||Reynolds, Dan||Use of cover crops to reduce agricultural pollution of the Great Lakes and improve field-crop productivity with cover crop fixed nitrogen||$225,000.00||2013-04-01||2018-03-31|
|J-000393||Reid, Keith||Development and transfer of an indicator of reactive nitrogen release from Canadian agriculture||$329,500.00||2014-10-01||2017-12-31|
|J-000896||Nurse, Robert||Development of weed management options for Canadian seed corn growers||$12,000.00||2014-07-04||2022-03-31|
|J-000901||Drury, Craig||Sustainable corn stover supply chains in Ontario and Québec soil and economic sustainability of biomass crop production||$331,000.00||2013-10-01||2019-03-31|
|J-001076||Nurse, Robert||Development of weed management options for Canadian processing tomato growers||$12,000.00||2015-05-01||2022-03-31|
|J-001317||Phillips, Lori||Biological mitigation of nutrient losses from agricultural landscapes: Measuring and modelling the biotic contributions of diversified agricultural features and practices||$398,319.00||2016-04-01||2019-03-30|
|J-001319||Drury, Craig||Integrated nutrient management and multi-scale BMP assessment for priority Canadian agricultural landscapes||$857,000.00||2016-04-01||2020-03-31|
|J-001328||Hao, Xiuming||Integrated 12-month greenhouse vegetable production and pest control systems for improving productivity, fruit nutritional value, energy and pest control efficiency||$449,100.00||2016-04-01||2019-03-31|
|J-001334||Yang, Jingyi||Developing a decision support system (DSS) for estimating ammonia emissions from fertilizer and manure application to agricultural soils||$120,253.00||2016-04-01||2019-03-31|
|J-001392||Wally, Owen||Understanding the pathogen distribution and associations involved in the root rot complex of soybeans||$115,000.00||2016-04-01||2019-03-10|
|J-001410||Zhang, Tiequan||Mitigating phosphorus loss from agricultural lands in the Lake Erie watershed||$350,000.00||2016-04-01||2019-03-31|
|J-001575||Mlynarek, Julia||Species survey of delia spp maggots affecting onion in Quebec, Ontario and the Atlantic provinces||$62,827.00||2017-04-01||2018-03-31|
|J-001583||Marchand, Genevieve||Survey to identify resistance to fungicides in cucumber downy mildew pathogen populations in commercial cucumber producing areas in Ontario and Quebec||$79,380.00||2017-03-31||2019-03-30|
|*: 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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