Research projects (Morden Research and Development Centre)

The Morden Research and Development Centre (Morden RDC) supports innovative research, development, and technology and knowledge transfer activities relevant to four of the nine Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Sector Science Strategies.

Cereal and Pulse; Oilseeds

Research is increasing the productivity of cereal, oilseed and pulse crops throughout the value chain by developing enhanced germplasm, mitigating crop losses due to diseases and improving food quality. Scientists are identifying and using new resistance genes to reduce losses from pests and disease; addressing threats to the value chain (insects and mycotoxins in stored grains); and developing integrated crop management tools (nutrient and pest management, agronomy) to support the production of major crops grown in western Canada.


Scientists are identifying Canadian crops and agri-food products with bioactive or functional properties of economic interest, studying their nutritional and physiochemical properties, and their bio-functional health and wellness benefits. This identification of food attributes helps to differentiate Canadian agri-food products and ingredients while meeting quality and cost requirements.

Agro-ecosystem productivity and health

The development and implementation of beneficial management practices for improved soil and water quality is enhancing the environmental performance of crop production. This includes research on:

Current research projects at Morden
Project number Lead researcher Project title Budget* Duration: start Duration: end
J-000055 Blewett, Heather Development of high β-glucan barley bannock and clinical trial testing of its effect on postprandial glucose and appetite control $240,165.00 2013-04-01 2019-03-31
J-000275 Duguid, Scott Abiotic stress tolerance – Mitigation the impact of soil moisture extremes in agricultural systems through the development of low intensity management practices: Identifying adaptable cultivars and alternative tillage practices to enhance environmental and economic performance $214,666.99 2014-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000276 Rashid, Khalid Flax disease management $394,249.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000278 Duguid, Scott Seed quality $150,150.00 2014-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000334 Ames, Nancy Optimization of primary processing protocols to improve whole grain barley product nutrition, safety and flavour $200,678.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000338 Ames, Nancy The effect of barley beta-glucan on human glycemic response $4,600.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000401 McCallum, Brent Developing wheat lines with resistance to leaf rust $100,901.02 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000406 Menzies, Jim Developing wheat lines with resistance to loose smut $88,845.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000407 Hiebert, Colin Genetic enhancement and diversification of rust resistance in elite germplasm $105,050.01 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000408 McCartney, Curt Orange blossom wheat midge resistance in wheat germplasm $25,121.01 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000413 McCartney, Curt Fusarium screening, genetics and marker development $740,788.55 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000421 Jordan, Mark Tools for effectively incorporating pre-harvest sprouting resistance in Canadian varieties $97,643.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-001001 Rampitsch, Chris Integrative proteomic and genomic approaches for durable resistance breeding to leaf rust in Canadian wheats $571,810.00 2015-04-01 2018-03-31
J-001004 Rashid, Khalid Managing the risk of the pasmo disease in flax by genetic resistance and identifying QTLs molecular tools associated with resistance genes $324,000.00 2015-04-01 2018-03-31
J-001048 Conner, Robert Evaluation of root rot resistance in dry bean cultivars $60,000.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-001051 Jordan, Mark ADF tools for effectively incorporating pre-harvest sprouting resistance in Canadian varieties (CWFSA) $153,000.00 2013-04-01 2019-01-15
J-001189 Hou, Anfu Soybean protein content variation among genotypes grown in Morden and Ottawa $144,000.00 2015-03-31 2018-03-30
J-001208 Rashid, Khalid Disease evaluate of NSAC sunflower genotypes $12,000.00 2014-04-01 2018-03-31
J-001297 Siow, Chris Defining new health attributes of Canadian lingonberry for domestic and emerging markets $291,275.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001303 McCartney, Curt New tools for integrated pest management of orange wheat blossom midge $696,452.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001312 Fetch, Tom Collection and characterization of species of Berberis in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, and Uruguay $75,000.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001337 Menzies, Jim Genetic characterization of ergot resistant germplasm to reduce ergot contamination of grain for human and animal consumption $289,275.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-29
J-001341 Fields, Paul Biology and management of stored product pests in cereals and pulses $402,200.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001356 Bykova, Natalia Integrating quantitative proteomics, redox metabolomics and proteogenomics approaches to identify sources of pre-harvest sprouting resistance in Canadian wheat $282,000.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001386 Henriquez, Maria Antonia Integrated genomics, plant pathology and breeding research for improvement of Fusarium head blight resistance in Canadian cereals $497,235.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001388 Sager, Steve Developing management recommendations and tools for effective buffer planning and implementation – Optimizing services/benefits of buffers on agricultural landscapes $190,253.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-29
J-001402 Netticadan, Thomas Oat bioactives and cardio protection: Focus on a new and upcoming bioactive, avenanthramide $267,374.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-30
J-001408 Ames, Nancy Developing a platform comprising novel experimental tools for improving the health benefits of Canadian agricultural products $316,775.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-30
J-001476 Henriquez, Maria Antonia Integrated strategies for Fusarium head blight managementin spring wheat in Manitoba $292,400.00 2016-02-23 2018-02-28
J-001540 Ames, Nancy Investigating the effect of pulse flour particle size on carbohydrate digestibility $9,000.00 2016-11-08 2018-03-31
J-001587 Ames, Nancy A comparison of quality among international oat sources: Identifying a competitive advantage for Canadian-grown oats $29,405.00 2016-11-14 2018-03-30
J-001588 Ames, Nancy The effect of pre-harvest glyphosate on quality of milling oats: Impact of application timing, plant stand and maturity $95,000.00 2017-01-03 2019-03-29
J-001593 Hou, Anfu Evaluation and selection of azuki beans for adaptation and production in Manitoba $108,000.00 2017-04-01 2020-03-31
*: 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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