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Research projects (Fredericton Research and Development Centre)

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


Fredericton RDC develops potato germplasm for different production areas of Canada and coordinates with the Lethbridge Research Centre to advance potato varieties for western Canada. New varieties include traits for enhanced yield, environmental sustainability, health benefits, and use in bioproduct applications. Research is conducted to understand potato resistance to bacterial and viral pathogens and insect pests, and study the behavior of pathogens and insect pests to develop new ways to control potato diseases.

Agro-ecosystem productivity and health

Research focuses on understanding nutrient dynamics and agro-chemical losses to the environment in potato production systems and developing technologies to predict nutrient deficiency. Fredericton RDC collaborates with AAFC’s Charlottetown Research and Development Centre to develop and evaluate beneficial management practices for enhanced efficiency and environmental sustainability of potato production.

Biodiversity and bioresources

The Plant Gene Resources Potato Collection collects, maintains and generates potato germplasm and their wild relatives. Scientists develop DNA fingerprinting and genotyping technologies to manage potato genetic resources and select core accessions for conservation, research and utilization.

Current projects at Fredericton
Project number Lead researcher Project title Budget* Duration: start Duration: end
J-000991 Bizimungu, Benoit Integrated research-development-technology-transfer approach to enhance productivity and sustainability of potato production in Canada $3,660,685.00 4/1/2015 3/31/2019
J-001270 Zebarth, Bernie Reducing sediment, N and P loading from arable cropping systems to receiving waters in eastern Canada (PEI, NB, NS, QC) $1,761,512.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001508 Nie, Xianzhou Developing amplicon based metagenomics tools for diagnosis and detection of phytoplasmas, liberibacter and exotic viruses in potatoes $15,000.00 8/19/2016 3/31/2019
J-001754 Li, Sheng Landscape Integrated Soil and Water Conservation (LISWC) on sloping fields under potato production in Atlantic Canada $386,787.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2021
J-001760 Robertson, Bonnie Assessing the ecological goods and services provided by riparian areas and identifying areas at risk in agricultural landscapes in Atlantic Canada $199,997.00 4/2/2018 3/31/2021
J-001802 Comeau, Louis-Pierre Use of legume crops to enhance nitrogen use efficiency, carbon sequestration, soil health and soil biodiversity in three ecoregions chosen to represent the different climatic conditions of Canada $788,021.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2021
J-002009 Comeau, Louis-Pierre Evaluation of the potential to overcome limitations to potato yield in New Brunswick potato fields by improving soil health through the use of mustard as bio-fumigant $0.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2020
*: 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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