Research projects (Saint-Hyacinthe Research and Development Centre)

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


The Saint-Hyacinthe RDC aims to improve the reaction times of food processors to respond effectively and quickly to market changes. Diversification and segmentation of food demand, coupled with the compressed life cycle of new products, put increasing pressure on businesses’ capacity to innovate. Research, development and transfer activities related to specialized ingredients, processing methods and food formulations are vital to helping businesses to react quickly and take advantage of new market trends. The impact of technological platforms on food attributes is monitored as is the functionality of some components. The Saint-Hyacinthe RDC has developed a culture that promotes collaboration among businesses. Participation in science clusters and Agri-Innovation programs and the presence of the industrial program at the Saint-Hyacinthe RDC foster sharing with businesses, enabling researchers to identify new trends and propose relevant research projects.

Food processing plays a leading role in the enhancement of agricultural products. To ensure that the Canadian agri-food sector remains sustainable and competitive, our agricultural resources are used to develop foods with attributes that correspond to market needs.

In cooperation with the production sector, Saint-Hyacinthe RDC researchers help to improve the processability of Canadian agricultural products. In addition, the centre’s research activities aim to get the most from all of our resources by maximizing the use of processing by products.

Current research projects at Saint-Hyacinthe
Project number Lead researcher Project title Budget* Duration: start Duration: end
J-000007 Gélinas, Pierre Digestibility and toxicity of grain products $72,125.00 2014-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000037 Guévremont, Évelyne Application of an approach based on the livestock feed system as a mitigation measure for microbial threats in dairy production $72,930.00 2014-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000257 Savard, Tony Fermentation processing of vegetables, their microbial ecology, and validation of their safety and functional attributes $134,000.00 2015-04-06 2017-11-15
J-000373 Gariépy, Claude Alternate approaches to direct addition of nitrite/nitrate for organic cured meats $144,481.00 2014-04-01 2018-03-01
J-000384 Gariépy, Claude Use of novel technologies to optimize pig performance, welfare and carcass value $734,144.05 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000423 Gélinas, Pierre Upstream quality for enhanced foods $139,684.04 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000508 Brassard, Julie Identification and characterization of potentially zoonotic enteric viruses in piglets in breeding herds $0.00 2013-11-20 2018-12-31
J-000913 Deschênes, Louise Study of the interactions between Norovirus, lettuce matrix components and cationic beads to optimize the extraction recovery rate efficiency of this clinically important foodborne virus and to improve its detection. $0.00 2013-11-14 2017-11-14
J-000984 Brassard, Julie Study on the diversity and dynamics of the fecal virome of pigs in the presence and absence of intestinal pathologies $60,000.00 2015-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000989 Villeneuve, Sébastien Three Sisters value-chain: Characterization of attributes and functionalities of aboriginal corn, squash and bean varieties, preservation of genetic material and prefeasibility of new culture models $189,370.00 2015-04-01 2018-03-31
J-001126 Koutchma, Tatiana Comparative study on the effect of UV and high hydrostatic pressure on health related constituents of plant derived beverages $8,000.00 2015-05-31 2017-06-29
J-001276 Guévremont, Évelyne Growth and death modelling of significant foodborne microbial threats under different processing conditions $350,700.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001305 Brassard, Julie Use of probiotics against rotavirus infections and evaluation of the immune response using an in vitro model $99,225.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001314 Fustier, Patrick Double emulsions  for the protection and transport of bioactive ingredients $92,000.00 2016-04-01 2018-03-31
J-001330 Britten, Michel Alteration of the dispersion of fat to enhance the attributes of Canadian cheeses: Proof of concept $79,800.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-29
J-001354 Clément, Alain Optical fingerprinting as a generic tool for development of food attributes assessment methods $145,433.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001359 St-Gelais, Daniel Characterization of the technological properties of Canadian goat's and sheep's milks and wheys $176,400.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001385 Arcand, Yves Impact of varietal differences of oat on bioactive peptides generation by a dynamic in vitro protein digestion process $158,775.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
*: 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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