Research projects (London Research and Development Centre)

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


Research in crop genomics and bioproducts uses modern molecular analytical technologies to:


Horticulture research emphasizes protection and improvement of fruit, vegetable and high value crops, development of alternative pest and disease control methods (including biocontrol strategies), and integration of biopesticides into integrated pest management practices.

Agro-ecosystem productivity and health

Research in environmental microbiology and chemistry is conducted with a goal of protecting environmental and human health. This research includes expertise in molecular microbiology, analytical chemistry, the ecology of pathogens, and toxicology to improve our ability to assess risks from emerging microbial and chemical contaminants, and validate remediation strategies.

Current research projects at London
Project number Lead researcher Project name Budget* Duraction: start Duraction: end
J-000052 Szczyglowski, Krzysztof Mining legume genomes for attributes of sustainable nutrient (nitrogen) acquisition through symbiosis $298,500.00 2014-09-01 2017-08-31
J-000623 Wang, Aiming Control of PPV through the development of genetic and induced innate resistance in fruit trees $680,781.00 2011-12-20 2018-03-31
J-000897 Topp, Ed Monitoring for genes giving rise to antibiotic resistance in the Great Lakes basin $15,000.00 2014-03-07 2017-06-30
J-000998 Menassa, Rima Plant-made antibodies for Shiga-toxin producing E. coli as a preslaughter treatment of cattle $240,000.00 2015-04-01 2018-03-31
J-001000 Scott, Ian Plant natural products as a novel tool in plant pest control $232,800.00 2015-04-01 2018-03-31
J-001006 Sumarah, Mark Biodiversity of beneficial fungal endophytes from Canadian blueberry plants and the role of their secondary metabolites in crop protection $117,500.00 2015-04-01 2018-03-31
J-001011 Svircev, Antonet Control of fire blight and scab in Canadian apple orchards through management strategies and genetic resistance $370,716.00 2015-04-01 2018-03-31
J-001266 Donly, Cam Development of IPM tools using genomic and ecological approaches for the control of insect pests in greenhouses $380,000.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001272 Topp, Ed Optimizing soil health and protecting environmental quality through judicious manure management, and innovative cover cropping $880,882.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-29
J-001301 Sumarah, Mark LC-MS data mining of fungal culture collections $90,000.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001321 Gariepy, Tara Characterization of agents, trophic interactions, risks, and impacts in biological control of invasive pests: Developing modern tools to support sustainable pest management in Canadian agriculture systems and provide scientific advice and data for improved implementation and regulation of exotic biological control agents $1,599,901.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-30
J-001325 Svircev, Antonet IPM in apple orchards: Control of fire blight using dual action high efficacy biologicals $80,000.00 2016-04-01 2018-03-31
J-001327 Hannoufa, Abdelali Improving productivity and persistence of alfalfa under extreme weather events $319,200.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001331 Marsolais, Frederic Improvement of protein quality and seed coat color stability in dry bean $435,000.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001332 Yuan, Ze-Chun Secure and improve greenhouse tomato production by developing molecular diagnostic tool and integrated management strategies for seedborne canker disease $180,000.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001592 Gijzen, Mark Improving soybean for Canadian agriculture: Management of biotic stresses and symbiotic microbes $100,000.00 2017-04-01 2018-03-31
*: 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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