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-000038 Jiang, Yefang Development and transfer of a forage plowing BMP for improving water quality and economic resiliency of potato production $176,700.00 2014-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000291 Mills, Aaron Assessment of the impact and interactions of emerging crops on potato-based cropping systems $169,374.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000323 Foster, Adam Improving malting barley production in eastern Canada through disease resistance to FHB and foliar diseases $49,800.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000335 Mills, Aaron To improve malting barley production in eastern Canada through the development of improved cultural practices $142,280.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000916 Noronha, Christine Understanding the bio-insecticidal properties of buckwheat for wireworm control and the benefits associated with growing it as a rotation crop $1,363,337.00 2013-10-15 2018-03-31
J-001005 McCallum, Jason Developing eastern hop (Humulus lupulus var. lupuloides) germplasm resources for improved quality traits and disease resistance $206,140.00 2015-04-01 2018-03-31
J-001025 Rodd, Vernon Changes in soil nutrient and microbial properties after 10 years of manure application at various times and rates $133,050.00 2015-04-15 2018-03-31
J-001346 McCallum, Jason Utilization of fruit-waste processing streams as a source of novel, anthocyanin-derived pigments $233,970.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001548 Rodd, Vernon Oat cultivar evaluation for organic production systems $0.00 2016-05-16 2018-03-30
J-001560 Mills, Aaron Development of pulse crops for Atlantic Canada $12,000.00 2016-04-01 2018-03-31
*: 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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