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Research projects (Kentville Research and Development Centre)

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

Horticulture

Kentville RDC develops new cultivated varieties of small fruits (for example: strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries) and studies crop physiology to optimize primary production techniques, increase yields and minimize losses. A multidisciplinary approach is used to study crop disease and pests in a period of changing climate and intensive production, and to reduce chemical inputs.

Agri-food

Research is conducted to:

Agro-ecosystem productivity and health

Research focuses on identifying, monitoring, and integrating crop management strategies to optimize agricultural inputs, enhance crop productivity, improve soil/water quality, manage nutrients in wetlands, and reduce impacts from known pests. Kentville RDC leads on climate adaptation research for the maritime region.

Forages and beef

Scientists are developing forage germplasm and forage management strategies to overcome poor persistence of forage legume species and enhance the ability of grass and legume species to adapt to climate change. Additionally, scientists are examining the effect of feeding these forages as well as alternative beef finishing systems on livestock weight gain and quality.

Biodiversity and bioresources

Research is carried out to enhance the productivity, quality and resiliency of berry crops and tree fruits through research in support of genetic improvement and sources of genetic variability. Activities also focus on enhancing the landscape impact on pollinators’ capacity/populations to support the productive capacity of the agricultural sector (with proof of concept with wild blueberry).

Current projects at Kentville
Project number Lead researcher Project title Budget* Duration: start Duration: end
J-001030 Fuller, Keith Characterizing changes in soil processes governing nitrogen availability in response to innovative beneficial management practices (BMPs) on forage-land in Atlantic Canada $347,945.00 4/1/2015 3/31/2019
J-001291 Smith, Erin Evaluation of the impacts wetlands have on the agricultural landscape $200,252.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001299 Song, Jun Improving and maintaining market oriented fruit attributes for high market value of apple products $508,092.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001399 Ells, Timothy Interactions of bacterial foodborne pathogens within multi-species communities: impact on their persistence and potential for control within the food continuum $705,605.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001405 Moreau, Debra Terroir, management, and commercial performance: A multidimensional research approach towards a sustainable and high quality wine-grape and wine producing industry in Nova Scotia $393,500.00 4/1/2016 3/29/2019
J-001572 Blatt, Suzanne Applying updated bioclimatic information to validate models and refine integrated pest management program recommendations including entomopathogenic nematodes for carrot rust fly and carrot weevil management in eastern Canada $152,250.00 4/3/2017 3/29/2019
J-001700 DeLong, John Quality retention of the new apple cultivar Pazazz by development of a harvest maturity model and optimization of controlled atmosphere storage $31,200.00 8/1/2017 12/31/2020
J-001701 Moreau, Debra A comprehensive assessment of vine performance in the Nova Scotia grape industry $686,950.00 5/1/2017 3/31/2020
J-001746 Kalmokoff, Martin Development of a competitive exclusion culture targeting Escherichia coli O157:H7 in cattle $50,001.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2019
J-001766 Amyotte, Béatrice Characterization and selection of improved quality attributes (postharvest physiological properties) in Canadian tree fruit, berry, and wine grape germplasm $171,629.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2021
J-001778 Fan, Lihua Carotenoids-producing yeasts and/or bacteria of biotechnological importance  $69,995.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2021
J-001812 Glover, Kathleen Novel biological for mitigation of abiotic stresses in forage legumes and reduced methane emissions by ruminants $154,625.00 4/2/2018 3/31/2021
J-001840 Moreau, Debra Assessment of Nova Scotia small fruit plant health  $92,333.00 11/1/2017 3/31/2020
J-001891 Amyotte, Béatrice Evaluation and Field Testing Agreement (EFTA) for strawberry selections $6,000.00 11/1/2016 11/30/2019
J-001897 Wright, Harrison Grapevine cryotherapy: a tool for virus remediation in Nova Scotia $31,113.98 4/1/2018 3/31/2021
J-001930 Wright, Harrison Grapevine evaluation and cold hardiness program to ensure superior plant material for the Canadian Grapevine Certification Network and to improve the sustainability of the Canadian grape and wine industry $185,349.98 4/1/2018 3/31/2023
J-001933 Fan, Lihua Improving wine quality through mixed and sequential fermentations with indigenous yeasts  $126,279.99 4/1/2018 3/31/2023
J-001944 Moreau, Debra Impact of grapevine leafroll associated virus -1 and -3 and grapevine red blotch associated virus on vine performance and fruit quality $297,000.00 4/2/2018 3/31/2023
J-001955 DeLong, John Development of a non-destructive model for assessing grape maturity at harvest: Advancing harvest maturity of Nova Scotia wine grapes $102,670.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2023
J-001987 Papadopoulos, Yousef Sustaining the legume component of grazed pasture mixtures for summer grazing and stockpiling complex mixtures in eastern Canada $753,390.16 4/1/2018 3/31/2023
*: 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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