Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Research and Development Centre
The Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Research and Development Centre is one of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's network of 20 research centres. The Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Research and Development Centre was established in 1912, and since its creation has had a mandate centered on horticulture research. The centre is strategically positioned to study production and protection systems of fruits and vegetables and promotes the use of low inputs, which minimizes the environmental impact and aims to increase crop quality at pre- and post-harvest stages. The centre has staff specialized in pest and crop bioclimatic modeling.
Due to the centre's geographic location and expertise, the Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Research and Development Centre is well positioned to study fruit and vegetable production and protection systems. It is a Minor Use Pesticide Program site, and aims to minimize the impact of the agricultural industry on the environment while improving the pre- and post-harvest quality of crops. It is one of the most important experimental sites for the Pest Control Centre's registration requests for the Minor Use Pesticide Program, with a team of biologists and their technicians. This research corresponds with industry needs in Quebec and Canada.
The Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Research and Development Centre's two experimental farms represent clearly differentiated pedologic zones and each one has an official weather station from Environment Canada. These farms are located in L'Acadie and Sainte-Clotilde, Quebec.
Areas of Research
The Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Research and Development Centre specializes in field vegetable crops and conducts research into the production, protection and conservation of horticultural commodities. 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.
Science-Based Practices for Crop Production and Pest Control
- Applying remote sensing tools to use fertilizers more efficiently
- Conducting research into alternatives to chemical pesticides, using synthetic alternatives and pesticides derived from natural materials
- Managing crop pests using natural predators and micro-organisms
- Conducting research on non-chemical (physical or mechanical) methods to control parasites and weeds
- Developing new disease control strategies for fruits and field vegetables.
Creating, Capturing and Delivering Value
- Investigating new technologies to manage field-grown and greenhouse crops
- Developing testing and forecasting systems to protect crops from pests
- Characterizing the molecular profile of Bacillaceae species
- Discovering improved methods for handling fruits and vegetables, and for maintaining their quality after harvest
- Study genetic expression and population dynamic of the golden nematode
Facts, Figures and Facilities
- Main site is located in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec
- Two research sub-stations at L'Acadie and Sainte-Clotilde, Quebec. These sites comprise a total of 112 hectares, characterized by clay and muck soils
- Resources: laboratories, greenhouses, growth chambers, cold rooms and a spraying room, all of which have leading-edge equipment
430 Gouin Boulevard
Sainte-Clotilde Experimental Farm
1815 River Road
L'Acadie Experimental Farm
1134, Road 219
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