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Research projects (Lacombe Research and Development Centre)

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

Forages and beef; Dairy, pork, poultry, and other livestock

Livestock research is improving the economic stability of beef production by reducing the cost of overwintering beef cows, increasing the value, yield and quality of pasture and forage resources while lowering production costs. Best management practices are evaluated in the field for their impact on livestock production as well as soil and water resources. Genomic and phenomic information is used to develop animal selection tools and carcass grading prediction tools.


Integrated meat science focuses on developing sustainable meat production systems in Canada. This includes research on meat production, quality, preservation, and safety, with an emphasis on enhancing the microbiological safety and storage stability of meat.

Cereal and pulse; Oilseeds; Agro-ecosystem productivity and health

Scientists are evaluating canola, cereal and field pea breeding lines and germplasm with improved disease resistance, adapted to the Northern short-season environments of western Canada. Agro-ecosystem research includes watershed and landscape assessment and management planning. Northern and Parkland agriculture focuses on integrated field crop, forage, weed, plant disease, insect pest and honey bee management strategies, and field pea breeding.

Current research projects at Lacombe
Project number Lead researcher Project title Budget* Duration: start Duration: end
J-001158 Turkington, Kelly Evaluation of scald resistance in malting barley lines (2013 -2018 and 2018 - 2019) $13,805.00 4/1/2013 3/31/2019
J-001274 Li, Changxi Development and application of functional genomic prediction for feed efficiency and carcass traits in beef cattle $281,000.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001275 Jones, Tineke Filamentation of Listeria and survival of enteric viruses on ready to eat meats $304,555.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001294 Yang, Xianqin Improve meat safety by controlling contamination of meat with persisting and transitory pathogens at meat packing plants $337,840.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001307 Meadus, Jon Increasing marbling fat by combining genetics and diet in swine $76,700.00 4/1/2016 10/1/2020
J-001336 Block, Hushton Evaluating the potential interaction between efficiency types for backgrounding weaned cattle and silage varieties differing in feed quality $113,950.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001339 Pernal, Stephen Emerging parasites and pathogens of honey bees: prevalence and pathology $200,252.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001362 Aalhus, Jennifer Novel analytical methods for meat flavour fingerprinting $220,245.00 4/1/2016 3/29/2019
J-001396 Dugan, Mike Larger scale fractionation of novel polyunsaturated fatty acid biohydrogenation products from beef fat and tesing their bioactivity and mode of action $330,423.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001419 Pernal, Stephen Assessing the effect of sperm viability on queen performance and colony productivity $96,000.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001429 Tidemann, Breanne Improving the efficiency of harvest weed seed control $148,999.52 3/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001664 Tidemann, Breanne Harrington Seed Destructor evaluation at field scale in Alberta $54,153.00 3/1/2017 12/31/2020
J-001772 Khanal, Nityananda Evaluation of economic and agro-ecological merits of diverse cropping sequences with perennial forage seed and annual field crops  $100,002.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2021
J-001835 Tidemann, Breanne Scientific evaluation of hammer mill kill rates on weeds, and determination of optimum settings for kill rates $11,690.00 5/1/2018 3/31/2019
J-001852 Lopez Campos, Oscar Evaluating the Canadian beef grading ruler to predict United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) five yield grades based on a modified yield percentage matrix $10,000.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2019
J-001871 Pernal, Stephen American foulbrood disease of honey bees: Surveillance, prediction and resistance management $150,000.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2021
J-001963 Yang, Xianqin If Escherichia coli shed by cattle is becoming resistant to antimicrobial interventions in abattoirs, how best to raise the hurdles $385,165.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2022
J-001965 Lopez Campos, Oscar Carcass cut-out yield prediction tools: Development of yield prediction tools to optimize carcass cut-out value $882,930.01 4/1/2018 3/31/2023
J-001969 Baron, Vern Increasing fall productivity in winter-hardy alfalfa by selecting for reduced fall dormancy $618,147.02 4/1/2018 3/31/2023
J-001970 Aalhus, Jennifer Canada's national beef quality audit at retail and processing $325,984.99 4/1/2018 3/31/2023
J-001971 Li, Changxi Genetic analyses of feed intake, feed efficiency, female fertility, and cow lifetime productivity in beef cattle raised under two environments $192,445.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2023
J-001996 Turkington, Kelly Development of a prairie crop disease monitoring network $126,446.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2023
J-002010 Guarna, Maria Marta Blueberry pollination and bee health $64,999.99 4/1/2018 3/31/2020
J-002018 Turkington, Kelly Phenotyping barley breeding lines and germplasm for disease resistance $214,500.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2023
J-002023 Turkington, Kelly Barley pathogen variation and surveillance: implications for managing disease via host resistance and fungicides $237,326.01 4/1/2018 3/31/2023
J-002024 Turkington, Kelly In-crop management strategies to reduce the impact of Fusarium Head Blight in barley $508,200.01 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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