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Research projects (Charlottetown Research and Development Centre)

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

Agro-ecosystem productivity and health

Charlottetown RDC develops best management practices in heavily leached areas that are subject to intensive production to ensure sustainable agriculture in sensitive environments. A Regional Analytical Laboratory and field research facility help monitor effects of cropping systems and practices on soil and ground water health.


Scientists develop integrated cropping systems suited to the Atlantic Region with a focus on the potato crop. Many of the cropping systems studied include cereals, oilseeds, pulses and forages as part of a rotation involving horticultural crops. Disease, insect and weed pressure are studied for their impacts on horticulture crops.


Bioproducts research focuses on: screening natural products as potential biopesticides; identifying and developing bioenergy, bioindustrial chemicals, and bio-based materials using agricultural biomass platforms (cereals, oilseeds, pulses, forages, potatoes, by-products); and developing conversion technologies and engineering systems through feedstock improvement and utilization.


New food or feed bioactives with health and wellness benefits are identified through screening, characterized and their preliminary efficacy demonstrated (in-vitro, cell and tissue culture, animal studies).

Cereal and pulses; Oilseeds

Collaboration with cereal and oilseed breeding programs in eastern and western Canada evaluates cultivars and selections for vigour, yield and quality, and identifies/evaluates sources of genetic resistance to production diseases and potentially catastrophic threats.

Current research projects at Charlottetown
Project number Lead researcher Project title Budget* Duration: start Duration: end
J-001346 McCallum, Jason Utilization of fruit-waste processing streams as a source of novel, anthocyanin-derived pigments. $233,970.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001767 Jiang, Yefang Improving crop production resiliency using innovative beneficial management practices $458,650.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2021
J-001776 Foster, Adam Impact of cover cropping on soil microbial biodiversity, disease and pathogen load $250,250.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2021
J-001781 McKenzie-Gopsill, Andrew Surveying the extent of triazine resistant lamb's quarters (Chenopodium album) and development of an integrated weed management program for potato production systems $184,000.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2021
J-001804 Mills, Aaron Pulses to improve winter wheat production and sustainability in Eastern Canada $325,053.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2021
J-001895 McKenzie-Gopsill, Andrew The biology, impacts and management of invasive oriental bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus) $0.00 5/1/2018 10/1/2020
J-002025 Mills, Aaron The influence of previous crop and nitrogen management of malt barley yield and quality across Canada $368,999.98 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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