Research projects (Quebec Research and Development Centre)

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

Forages and beef

Quebec RDC activities are in keeping with the strategic direction of reducing environmental impacts, boosting productivity and enhancing the Forages and Beef and Agricultural Ecosystem Productivity and Health sectors.

Soil expertise is a major component involving soil chemistry-biochemistry-fertility and includes specialists in soil management, soil-plant-air interaction, precision farming, agri-meteorology, water management and modelling.

Forage expertise is also diverse and includes forage genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, pathology, ecophysiology, management, microbiology and quality.

Agro-ecosystem productivity and health

Quebec RDC activities are in keeping with the strategic direction of reducing environmental impacts, boosting productivity, improving crop sustainability and enhancing the Agro-Ecosystem Productivity and Health sector.

Agri-environmental expertise is a major component involving soil, air and water quality; management and understanding of nutrient cycling; and use of livestock effluent and organic waste.

Current research projects at Quebec
Project number Lead researcher Project title Budget* Duration: start Duration: end
J-000147 Royer, Isabelle Production of bioenergy from biomass cultivated on soils contaminated with trace metals $366,000.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000294 Chantigny, Martin Agri-environmental assessment of Canadian dairy farms: Towards eco-efficient management of forage crops and manure $397,709.85 2013-11-01 2017-12-31
J-000415 Pageau, Denis Development of spring wheat varieties and germplasm for market competitiveness in eastern Canada $79,532.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000987 Hamel, Chantal Mycorrhizal symbiosis – Plant and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi interactions at the biological and genetic levels $142,950.00 2015-04-01 2018-03-29
J-000995 Claessens, Annie Enhanced economic competitiveness and sustainability of bioenergy production using perennial forage crops $248,000.00 2015-04-01 2018-03-31
J-001008 Hamel, Chantal Understanding the influence of management practices on nutrient use efficiency and microbial diversity to support productivity and profitability of Canadian agricultural systems $1,290,300.00 2015-04-01 2018-03-31
J-001028 Audy, Patrice Using nanoparticles to improve the environmental performance of horticultural systems and characterization of their behavior in ecological processes $406,842.00 2015-04-01 2018-03-31
J-001118 Claessens, Annie Assessment of thermally treated biomass fuels for future commercial utilization prospects $270,000.00 2015-03-31 2019-03-30
J-001253 Claessens, Annie Increasing the energy of Canadian forages fed to high producing dairy cows $880,595.00 2016-02-01 2018-03-31
J-001277 Ziadi, Noura Sustainable phosphorus use and management in Canadian agro-ecosystems $1,032,109.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001313 Gariépy, Stéphane Multi-scale modeling in support to sustainability multi-criteria evaluation of innovative technologies and practices adoption following a participatory approach $290,860.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001338 Bertrand, Annick Novel breeding approaches for improving alfalfa energy concentration and cell wall digestibility $308,600.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001389 Audy, Patrice Genomic mining of the SCRDC rhizobium collection and identification of cold-tolerant strains in association with alfalfa $75,000.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001395 Audet, René Improvements to AgWeather Quebec and AgWeather Atlantic $351,624.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001397 Chantigny, Martin Improving soil health and nutrient use efficiency for sustainable productivity in cropping systems supporting intensive dairy farming in eastern Canada $880,883.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001537 Chantigny, Martin Evaluating greenhouse gas emissions associated with papermill sludge management $43,494.00 2016-05-02 2017-12-31
J-001590 Royer, Isabelle Interdisciplinary Research Laboratories on Resilient Agroecosystems: Frelighsburg, Sherbrooke and the Missisquoi Bay $360,000.00 2017-04-01 2020-03-31
*: 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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