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Research projects (Ottawa Research and Development Centre)

The Ottawa Research and Development Centre (Ottawa RDC) conducts innovation research, development and technology transfer activities relevant to four of the nine Agriculture and Agri-Food Sector Science Strategies.

Cereal and pulse; Oilseeds

Crop improvement research develops sustainable cereal and oilseed production systems for Canada and especially Eastern Canada. This involves expertise in crop breeding and genetics, genomics, physiology, agronomy, pathology, quality evaluation and mycotoxin chemistry to strengthen the linkages along the value chain (production, processing, consumption), improve food attributes and address threats especially those that can affect human health (mycotoxins, heavy metal accumulation).

Agro-ecosystem productivity and health

Research is conducted to enhance the environmental performance of agricultural production systems, and to maintain or access new international markets. Research includes:

Biodiversity and bioresources

Biodiversity research includes assessing agricultural biodiversity (vascular plants, fungi, bacteria, insects, arachnids, nematodes), identifying emerging risks, and assessing impact on international trade and regulatory compliance. Biosystematics research on organisms critical to Canadian agriculture (new and existing crops, their relatives; weeds; pests, beneficial and biocontrol insects, arachnids and nematodes; plant diseases and plant-enhancing fungi; animal pathogens and plant-growth-promoting bacteria) helps to protect crop production and contribute to crop diversification.

Current research projects at Ottawa
Project number Lead researcher Project title Budget* Duration: start Duration: end
J-001263 Macklin, James Metagenomics Based Ecosystem Biomonitoring  $2,841,750.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2021
J-001267 Cober, Elroy Moving soybean to Western Canada by PIPE (Protein-protein Interaction Prediction Engine): A bioinformatics approach to identify new early maturity alleles in soybean $76,000.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001278 Gregorich, Edward Managing carbon to promote soil productivity, health, and biodiversity in Canadian farmlands $462,584.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001283 Schmidt, Christian Arthropod systematics research in support of Canadian agriculture $600,000.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001284 Cober, Elroy Defined health attributes associated with specific Canadian soybean seeds $242,000.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001289 Darbyshire, Stephen Diagnostics, identification and characterization of attributes of agriculturally important plants: crop/weed species complexes and invasive plants $120,000.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001304 Savitch, Leonid Photosynthetic cold stress tolerance for sustainable soybean production in Western Canada $119,000.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001309 Simmonds, Daina Genetic control of resistance to Sclerotinia sclerotiorum in soybean and Brassica $106,000.00 4/4/2016 3/31/2019
J-001315 Stefani, Franck Biosystematics of the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi: molecular and morphological diversity  $75,000.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001318 Pattey, Elizabeth Enhance the sustainability of rainfed field crop and forage production by quantifying and modelling nitrous oxide and ammonia emissions and nitrogen and phosphorus leaching in response to beneficial management practices $643,458.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001345 Subramaniam, Rajagopal Plant steroids: A gateway to enhance yield and stress tolerance in cereals $97,650.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001364 Lessard, Carl Optimizing of vitrification and surgical transfer of gonads to protect the genetic diversity of Canadian poultry $120,000.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001367 Lapen, David Goods and services and climate change adaptation of agroecosystems in Canada $792,818.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001371 Smith, Tyler Impacts of pollinator pathogens and floral diversity on maintaining a diverse pollination strategy for sustainable lowbush blueberry production. $525,111.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001372 Cloutier, Sylvie.J Expanding the genetic biodiversity of wheat by pre-breeding $409,950.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001383 Geng, Xiaoyuan New digital approaches of soil and agricultural land use data development and integration:  Canadian land productivity modelling case $362,000.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001387 Qian, Budong Resilience of Canadian agriculture to climate extremes under climate change: a modelling study $704,757.00 4/1/2016 3/31/2019
J-001549 Malouin, Christian Canada-China Joint Committee (CCJC) Action Plan 2016-2018 $451,500.00 9/30/2016 3/31/2019
J-001556 Macklin, James Biodiversity data mobilisation: Data integration and information sharing $1,258,394.00 1/1/2017 3/31/2022
J-001557 Lybaert, Anissa Biodiversity data mobilisation: Collection data capture and imaging $5,729,738.00 1/1/2017 3/31/2022
J-001564 Dettman, Jeremy Biological collections data mobilization: Molecular characterization $7,117,629.00 1/1/2017 3/31/2022
J-001580 Harris, Linda Targeting resistance and susceptibility genes and dissecting infection mechanisms through genomics for durable Fusarium and rust resistance in cereals $1,144,509.50 4/1/2017 3/31/2019
J-001584 Tinker, Nicholas Genetic and epigenetic variants of Canadian cereal crops for breeding and functional analysis $1,168,777.00 4/1/2017 3/31/2019
J-001596 Newton, Keith Glen Plant health risk analysis - assessing risk from heterogeneous datasets $179,000.00 4/1/2017 3/31/2019
J-001603 Malouin, Christian International - Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases - Umbrella $190,000.00 4/3/2017 3/31/2020
J-001655 Malouin, Christian International - Mexico - Umbrella $202,500.00 4/3/2017 3/31/2020
J-001670 Fregeau-Reid, Judith Cereal testing at AAFC Ottawa for official registration in Québec $65,632.00 5/1/2017 4/30/2020
J-001735 Pattey, Elizabeth Towards field scale evaluation and modelling of commercial inhibitors’ impact on crop productivity and emissions of nitrous oxide following urea application in rainfed field crops $180,000.00 4/2/2018 3/31/2021
J-001756 Gregorich, Edward Understanding mechanisms in the biological stabilization of carbon in soil $696,820.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2021
J-001762 Smith, Tyler Assessing the range potential of invasive alien species and associated herbivores under climate change with geospatial models of biological collections data $180,012.00 4/2/2018 3/31/2021
J-001764 Geng, Xiaoyuan State of soil and land of Canada: Cost-effective methods of soil and soil landscape data delivery $540,622.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2021
J-001768 VandenBygaart, Albert Application of digital soil mapping technologies to the understanding of soil and landscape processes that lead to erosion/degradation and legacy phosphorus storage in the Lake Erie Watershed $103,729.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2020
J-001779 VanderZaag, Andrew 30% by 2030: Technologies to reduce methane emissions from manure $187,828.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2021
J-001787 MacDonald, Daniel Exploring the future of biomass: Regional scenarios under climate change $160,962.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2021
J-001789 Yu, Qing Study of two pathogens in Canadian peas: investigating the distribution and testing control methods of the insect bean weevil and performing comparative genomics studies of the stem and bulb nematode for the development more accurate detection methods $224,998.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2021
J-001793 Smith, Ward Integrated modelling approach for identifying efficient and resilient beneficial management practices for diverse cropping systems across Canada   $303,233.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2021
J-001799 Nguyen, Hai Development of a next generation sequencing-based bioinformatics tool for potato wart (Synchytrium endobioticum), a quarantine high risk plant pathogen, for the complete genotyping and pathotype prediction using neural networks $26,999.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2021
J-001805 Subramaniam, Rajagopal A systems biology approach for durable Fusarium Head Blight/ Deoxynivalenol resistance in wheat $770,545.00 4/2/2018 3/31/2021
J-001824 Yan, Weikai Quaker Oat area test at Ottawa $6,600.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2020
J-001839 Lapen, David Emerging ecosystem services of landscape features and biodiverse cropping systems $640,002.00 4/2/2018 3/31/2021
J-001848 Hambleton, Sarah Fungal and Bacterial Biosystematics - bridging taxonomy and –omics technology in agricultural research and regulation $437,105.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2019
J-001849 Bennett, Andrew Systematics of beneficial arthropods in support of agriculture $215,999.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2019
J-001860 Douglas, Hume Invertebrate systematics to address threats to Canadian agriculture $194,002.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2019
J-001867 Lybaert, Anissa Management and enhancement of AAFC's biological collections $499,998.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2019
J-001920 Lapen, David Mosquito sampling in the South Nation River  $52,480.00 6/1/2018 3/30/2020
J-001985 Fregeau-Reid, Judith Grain quality analysis of wheat entries in official Quebec registration tests under the Reseau Grandes Cultures administered by CEROM $50,000.00 9/1/2018 3/31/2023
J-001992 Humphreys, Gavin Ontario Cereal Crops Committee (OCCC) $148,440.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2021
J-002012 Khanal, Raja Breeding barley for high yield and resistance to Fusarium Head Blight for eastern Canada $898,851.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2023
J-002015 Cober, Elroy Creating new Canadian soybean varieties for increased export to Asia $200,000.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2023
J-002027 Diederichsen, Axel Assessing genotypic diversity and environmental impact on cadmium concentration in flax seed in support of enhanced plant breeding $262,213.00 4/1/2018 3/31/2023
J-002035 You, Frank Genomics and molecular markers to identify resistance genes in flax $339,249.03 4/2/2018 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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