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Research projects (Lethbridge Research and Development Centre)

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

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

Lethbridge RDC has a national mandate for research on feedlot finishing of beef cattle, with a focus on enhancing productivity, reducing adverse environmental impacts, addressing concerns regarding food safety (with a production focus), including antibiotic resistance, animal health and welfare, and mitigating disease threats and their vectors.

Cereal and pulse; Oilseeds; Horticulture

New varieties (potatoes, beans, wheat, triticale, rye and forages) and sustainable crop production and protection technologies are developed for crops on dry and irrigated lands, adapted to Canadian prairies. Discovery type science and innovation is using novel technologies, such as remote sensing and imaging technologies, plant biotechnologies and increasing the integration with biological science, breeding, agronomy and farming.

Agro-ecosystem productivity and health

Lethbridge RDC’s research includes: nutrient cycling associated with cropping and livestock production; monitoring crop and environmental health using remote sensing and imaging technologies; and ecological modeling to understand the impact of various management practices at the farm level on the local environment.

Biodiversity and bioresources

Lethbridge RDC’s germplasm and collections facilitate increasing agricultural productivity and environmental performance while contributing to building capacity to cope with threats along the agriculture value chain.

Current research projects at Lethbridge
Project number Lead researcher Project title Budget* Duration: start Duration: end
J-000607 Balasubramanian, Parthiba Dry bean cultivars for southern Alberta and Saskatchewan (2012-17): Development of pinto bean and yellow bean cultivars with high yield and seed quality $732,712.04 4/1/2012 3/31/2022
J-001024 Graf, Robert Development of premium quality western Canadian winter wheat $527,688.02 4/1/2014 11/30/2019
J-001027 Bourchier, Robert Establishment, impact and spread of the first biocontrol agents for Swallow-worts and Knotweeds in North America $224,408.00 4/1/2015 3/31/2019
J-001152 Laroche, André Development of a highly sensitive, specific and rapid detection system for stripe rust spores in the field $62,929.65 4/1/2015 3/31/2019
J-001186 Randhawa, Harpinder Development of spring wheat (Soft White Spring and General Purpose) with higher yield potential for Alberta’s bio-economy $368,000.00 4/1/2015 3/31/2019
J-001273 Yang, WenZhu Develop value-added applications of by-products derived from food processing $162,106.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001347 Catton, Haley Accounting for natural enemies in a dynamic action threshold for cereal leaf beetle $159,000.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001348 Abbott, Wade Non-antimicrobial alternatives for improving innate immune health, colonization resistance, and environmental performance of swine $349,912.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001349 Hao, Xiying Management strategies to improve rangeland soil health and productivity $352,505.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001350 Alexander, Trevor Technology development of alternatives to subtherapeutic and metaphylactic antimicrobials used in the beef industry  $749,700.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001352 Smith, Elwin Conserving soil resources and increasing the productivity of cropping systems for the Canadian Prairies $370,117.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001353 Lu, Zhen-Xiang Enhancement of protein and resistant starch contents in field pea to promote its uses in functional food application $229,950.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001355 Inglis, Douglas Novel innovations to mitigate relevant Campylobacter jejuni subtypes in the poultry supply chain $399,999.00 4/1/2016 3/29/2019
J-001360 Hao, Xiying Novel vs. traditional manure/compost to conserve soil resources and improve soil health $704,756.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001380 Floate, Kevin Diversity and ecosystem function of insects in cattle dung on pastures $209,243.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001381 Koenig, Karen Phytobiotics as alternatives to antimicrobials in beef cattle production $252,340.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001404 Baines, Danica Prebiotics, a novel tool to prevent pesticide exposure in bee pollinators $105,000.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2020
J-001407 Larney, Francis Evaluation of best management practices for mitigation of hormone transport in surface runoff from manured soils $427,194.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001409 Ellert, Benjamin Agricultural sustainability and biogeochemical cycling: Soil processes influencing nitrogen dynamics, and assessment of plant availability and environmental mobility $187,005.00 4/4/2016 3/31/2019
J-001411 Kroebel, Roland Measuring and assessing Canadian rangeland and other agricultural best management practices with the enhanced whole-farm model Holos $530,225.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001428 Graf, Robert Enhancing the stability of recent yield advances
in western Canadian winter wheat
$879,999.38 4/1/2016 3/31/2020
J-001519 Carcamo, Hector Biology and management of pea leaf weevil in support of faba bean and field pea production $176,957.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001554 Carcamo, Hector Validation of lygus and other insect pest thresholds in commercial farms throughout the Prairie Provinces $426,960.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001565 Chatterton, Syama Epidemiology of chocolate spot of faba bean $128,817.00 12/1/2016 3/31/2020
J-001591 Catton, Haley Managing wireworms in southern Alberta wheat fields with crop rotations and beneficial insects $224,621.00 5/1/2017 10/31/2020
J-001598 Randhawa, Harpinder Integrated management of stripe rust in wheat for Alberta $142,000.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001599 Aboukhaddour, Reem Identifying resistance to tan spot disease in winter and durum wheat $176,674.70 4/1/2017 4/30/2020
J-001600 Chatterton, Syama Cover crops as part of a rotation strategy to reduce pea root rot and other management options $531,100.00 4/1/2017 3/31/2021
J-001629 Chatterton, Syama Cover cropping as part of a rotation strategy to reduce pea root rot  $330,905.49 4/1/2017 3/31/2021
J-001652 Schwartzkopf-Genswein, Karen Incidence and characterization of feedlot lambs and ewe flock lameness in Alberta $215,909.00 10/1/2017 9/30/2019
J-001713 Chatterton, Syama Epidemiology of chocolate spot of faba bean $159,109.60 4/1/2017 3/31/2021
J-001720 Acharya, Surya Selection of clonal propagated alfalfa and sainfoin plants under grass or legume competition $77,653.00 7/3/2017 3/31/2022
J-001736 Ziemienowicz, Alicja Nitrogen fixation in triticale and wheat $499,990.00 3/1/2018 2/28/2021
J-001745 Chatterton, Syama Investigating agronomic practices to remove barriers to faba bean production in Alberta $30,000.00 4/3/2017 3/31/2019
J-001753 Geddes, Charles Weed seed-suppressive soils: managing herbicide-resistant weed populations at the source $313,267.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2021
J-001755 Singer, Stacy Unraveling the molecular mechanisms behind abiotic stress tolerance in Medicago sativa and adoption of advanced molecular breeding technology for alfalfa improvement $305,800.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2021
J-001763 Dergousoff, Shaun Identification of mosquito and Culicoides midge species and their vertebrate hosts $311,654.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2021
J-001782 Sheedy, Claudia Science, adoption and adaptation of pesticide rinsate biobeds to support Canadian agro-ecosystems resilience and protect water resources $233,732.00 4/2/2018 3/30/2021
J-001784 Ellert, Benjamin Inferring the influence of agricultural management and other human activities on soil constituents relevant to soil health and function $333,969.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2021
J-001790 Janzen, Henry Elucidating and exploiting rhizosphere processes for improved soil health and productivity $318,586.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2021
J-001807 Beauchemin, Karen Mitigating methane emissions to improve the environmental performance of forage-fed ruminants $249,897.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2021
J-001808 Larney, Francis Integrating multiple beneficial management practices (BMPs) in organic cropping systems: Soil health, weed and insect interactions $154,076.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2021
J-001809 Chatterton, Syama A decision support system for Aphanomyces root rot $197,947.00 4/2/2018 3/31/2021
J-001818 Bourchier, Robert Enhancing biological control of invasive plants in British Columbia $1,450,000.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2023
J-001822 Alexander, Trevor Using a microbiome-based strategy to develop next generation bacterial therapeutics for mitigating bovine respiratory disease $199,978.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2021
J-001832 Laurie, John Precision breeding in wheat mediated by engineered haploid inducers $310,000.00 3/1/2018 2/28/2021
J-001966 Larney, Francis Assessment of occurrence of synthetic hormones (melengestrol acetate and trenbolone acetate) and beta agonist (ractopamine) in cattle operations and associated environments $54,725.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2021
J-001968 Singer, Stacy Improving abiotic stress tolerance in alfalfa through the simultaneous down-regulation and/or genome editing-mediated knockout of mulitple genes $311,575.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2022
J-001972 Yang, WenZhu Determining the minimum fibre requirement for feedlot cattle and improving the empirical prediction of ruminal pH $293,575.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2023
J-001973 Abbott, Wade Evidence-based prebiotic-probiotic solutions for improving gut health and feed efficiency in cattle $539,550.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2023
J-001974 Acharya, Surya Novel sainfoin cultivars for enhancing  production efficiencies of pasture and beef cattle and building capacity in forage breeding $483,604.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2022
J-001975 Schwartzkopf-Genswein, Karen Assessment of strategies to reduce the incidence and severity of the most common causes of lameness in feedlot cattle $445,293.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2022
J-001980 McAllister, Tim Identification of genetic and microbial makers for Escherichia coli O157 super-shedders through longitudinal biopsy and monitoring $121,330.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2023
J-001981 McAllister, Tim Investigating antimicrobial resistance and virulence factors of Mycoplasma bovis $124,025.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2022
J-001982 McAllister, Tim A regionalized life cycle impact assessment model for the quantification of Canadian beef production impacts on biodiversity $5,600.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2023
J-001983 McAllister, Tim Further strategies to enhance the use of wheat grain in feedlot diets $196,750.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2023
J-001989 Geddes, Charles Management of glyphosate-resistant kochia in western Canadian cropping systems $823,350.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2023
J-002004 Beres, Brian Delivery of an innovative winter wheat agronomic package to achieve sustainable wheat production in the Canadian Prairies $1,072,614.97 4/1/2018 3/30/2023
J-002007 Schwartzkopf-Genswein, Karen Effect of rest stop duration and quality on the behaviour and welfare of cattle transported by road $333,236.01 4/1/2018 3/31/2022
J-002008 Alexander, Trevor Characterizing the microbiome of beef cattle to identify risk factors that affect respiratory health $382,537.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2023
J-002042 Inglis, Douglas Mitigation of intestinal inflammation for poultry and production health $509,299.94 4/1/2018 3/31/2023
J-002043 Inglis, Douglas Rationale-based mitigation of relevant Campylobacter jejuni strains within the broiler production continuum $558,592.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2023
J-002045 Sheedy, Claudia Tools and strategies for mitigating pesticide impacts on wetlands to improve sustainable crop production $180,000.00 12/5/2017 12/1/2020
*: 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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