Research projects (Kentville Research and Development Centre)
The Kentville Research and Development Centre (Kentville RDC) supports innovation research, development and technology transfer activities relevant to five of the nine Agriculture and Agri-Food Sector Science Strategies.
Kentville RDC develops new cultivated varieties of small fruits (for example: strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries) and studies crop physiology to optimize primary production techniques, increase yields and minimize losses. A multidisciplinary approach is used to study crop disease and pests in a period of changing climate and intensive production, and to reduce chemical inputs.
Research is conducted to:
- develop opportunities related to health-promoting phytochemicals in blueberries
- mitigate microbiological contamination (Listeria, Salmonella, E. coli) of fresh and minimally-processed horticultural products
- investigate natural antimicrobials of bacterial and plant origin against spoilage and pathogenic organisms
- develop postharvest technologies to maintain fruit quality (primarily apple and grape) and, to a limited extent, fresh and minimally processed vegetable products, during extended commercial storage
Agro-ecosystem productivity and health
Research focuses on identifying, monitoring, and integrating crop management strategies to optimize agricultural inputs, enhance crop productivity, improve soil/water quality, manage nutrients in wetlands, and reduce impacts from known pests. Kentville RDC leads on climate adaptation research for the maritime region.
Forages and beef
Scientists are developing forage germplasm and forage management strategies to overcome poor persistence of forage legume species and enhance the ability of grass and legume species to adapt to climate change. Additionally, scientists are examining the effect of feeding these forages as well as alternative beef finishing systems on livestock weight gain and quality.
Biodiversity and bioresources
Research is carried out to enhance the productivity, quality and resiliency of berry crops and tree fruits through research in support of genetic improvement and sources of genetic variability. Activities also focus on enhancing the landscape impact on pollinators’ capacity/populations to support the productive capacity of the agricultural sector (with proof of concept with wild blueberry).
|Project number||Lead researcher||Project title||Budget*||Duration: start||Duration: end|
|J-000051||Abbasi, Pervaiz||Coordinated studies on etiology, improved detection, spread and management of strawberry decline disease outbreak, a threat to strawberry production in Atlantic Canada||$1,701,000.00||2013-12-01||2018-03-31|
|J-000943||Kalt, Wilhelmina||Developing knowledge and analytical platforms for clinical research using blueberry anthocyanins||$32,030.30||2014-04-30||2018-03-31|
|J-000980||Kalmokoff, Martin||Development of a competitive exclusion innovation to prevent Escherichia coli O157:H7 intestinal colonization in cattle||$680,500.00||2015-04-01||2018-03-30|
|J-001020||Papadopoulos, Yousef||Utilize forage genetic variability to enhance cropping systems productivity and resiliency||$935,500.00||2015-04-01||2018-03-31|
|J-001030||Fuller, Keith||Characterizing changes in soil processes governing nitrogen availability in response to innovative bmp's on forage-land in Atlantic Canada||$347,945.00||2015-04-01||2019-03-31|
|J-001291||Smith, Erin||Evaluation of the impacts wetlands have on the agricultural landscape||$210,252.00||2016-04-01||2019-03-31|
|J-001299||Song, Jun||Improving and maintaining market oriented fruit attributes for high market value of apple products||$508,092.00||2016-04-01||2019-03-31|
|J-001399||Ells, Tim||Interactions of bacterial foodborne pathogens within multi-species communities: Impact on their persistence and potential for control within the food continuum||$705,605.00||2016-04-01||2019-03-31|
|J-001405||Moreau, Debra||Terroir, management and commercial performance: A multidimensional research approach towards a sustainable and high quality wine-grape and wine producing industry in Nova Scotia||$393,500.00||2016-04-01||2019-03-29|
|J-001518||Kalt, Wilhelmina||Bioavailability of wild blueberry anthocyanins in humans||$19,076.25||2016-09-30||2018-03-31|
|J-001572||Blatt, Suzanne||Applying updated bioclimatic information to validate models and refine IPM program recommendations including entomopathogenic nematodes for carrot rust fly and carrot weevil management in eastern Canada||$152,250.00||2017-04-03||2019-03-29|
|*: 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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