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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-001118 Claessens, Annie Assessment of thermally treated biomass fuels for future commercial utilization prospects $268,000.00 3/31/2015 3/30/2019
J-001277 Ziadi, Noura Sustainable phosphorus use and management in Canadian agro-ecosystems $1,032,109.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001338 Bertrand, Annick Novel breeding approaches for improving alfalfa energy concentration and cell wall digestibility $308,600.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001389 Audy, Patrice Genomic mining of the rhizobium collection at the Quebec Research and Development Centre and identification of cold-tolerant strains in association with alfalfa $75,000.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001395 Audet, René Improvements to AgWeather Quebec and AgWeather Atlantic $351,624.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
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 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001590 Royer, Isabelle Interdisciplinary research laboratories on resilient agroecosystems: Frelighsburg, Sherbrooke and the Missisquoi Bay $360,000.00 4/1/2017 3/31/2020
J-001699 Lajeunesse, Julie Storage of carbon with different grazing management systems using complex forage mixtures $8,608.70 5/1/2017 3/31/2020
J-001771 Chantigny, Martin Resilient crop-livestock systems – unravelling carbon and nitrogen stabilization and restitution mechanisms in manured soils $545,993.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2021
J-001797 Hamel, Chantal Development of improved protocols for the culture of the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi with high symbiotic potential, according to the analyses of soil microbiome $58,534.00 4/2/2018 3/31/2021
J-001798 Parent, Gaétan Benficial management practices (BMPs) for optimised nitrogen management sytems through late-nitrogen in-season timing, nitrification inhibitors and type of nitrogen applied for the use of crop-based assessment tools in corn production $298,248.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2021
J-001803 Rocher, Solen Molecular breeding of alfalfa (M. sativa) and red clover (T. pratense) for superior freezing tolerance $206,250.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2021
J-001810 Bertrand, Annick Leverage and exploit Rhizobium Microbial Collection as a cold soil inoculant source for forage legume crops: clover, birdsfoot trefoil, and sainfoin $301,182.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2021
J-001836 Royer, Isabelle Bioenergy crop production in marginal soils:  Capitalizing on organic residues and soil microflora $130,005.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2021
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 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
*: 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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