Scientific Achievements in Agriculture

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A honeybee is shown at the exit of a beehive.

Bees are delivering more than pollen in greenhouses
A new delivery system for biological control agents has greenhouse fruit and vegetable growers buzzing.

Two images of grain kernels are shown. In the left image, a brown beetle sits on the grain with a vertical white arrow to the right indicating it is 15 millimetres long. In the right image, seven beetles sit on individual grain kernels with a vertical white arrow to their right indicating each is less than 5 millimetres long. Under each image, a blue continue box allows the user to select which image best matches the insect being identified.

Bug-fix for stored grain
Easy-to-use visual guides to allow non-experts to identify insects in stored grain and start treatment faster.

Pilot Plant Program (video)
Guelph Food Research Centre is home to a unique, pilot-scale, food research facility. In the pilot plant, our scientists test new and existing food processing technologies. They work in collaboration with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, university scientists and partners from the food processing sector. And they are improving food safety for all Canadians. View our video to learn more.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) research activities are focused around nine science strategies. Read about AAFC’s latest agricultural science achievements by browsing the strategies below, or review our complete List of Scientific Achievements in Agriculture for an alphabetical menu of our science-related articles and videos.

Agri-Food
Includes: food, beverage and food ingredients, processing, packaging, distribution, and consumption. AAFC provides expertise, infrastructure, and leadership in food innovation (food and health, food processing and food attributes) and food safety.

Dairy, Pork, Poultry and other Livestock
Concentrates on the needs and research capacity from production through product quality assessment (milk, meat), and includes on-farm revenue-generating activities such as the production of bio-energy from manure. This strategy also encompasses other livestock systems such as: turkey, laying hens, eggs, goats, etc.

Agro-Ecosystem Productivity and Health
Addresses threats and opportunities related to the environment, the maintenance and enhancement of natural productive capacity, and the reduction of agriculture’s environmental footprint.

Forages and Beef
Considers the needs and research capacity of the sector from beef production through to meat quality; as well as the production of native and tame forages (plants eaten by grazing livestock) for export and domestic use.

Biodiversity and Bioresources
Covers the department’s scientific activities related to the preservation of organisms and genetic material of interest to agriculture, as well as the protection of Canada’s biodiversity and agricultural value chain from pests and invasive species.

Horticulture
Includes: potatoes, greenhouse and field vegetables, small fruits, tree fruit, honey, herbs and spices, etc. Covers the needs and research capacity of this sector from a crop production perspective including: production, post-harvest treatment, storage, and distribution of fresh and minimally processed produce.

Bioproducts
Related to agri-based feedstocks for non-food and non-feed industrial bioproducts. This includes multi-purpose commodities whose end use is industrial (e.g. flax for fibre); purpose-grown crops; animal and food waste; woody species (agroforestry); and biopesticides.

Oilseeds
Relates to crop production, particularly for food and feed end uses, up to and including storage of harvested material. The crop types considered within this strategy include: canola, rapeseed, mustard, soybeans (oilseed and food‐grade), flax, sunflower, hemp, and safflower.

Cereals and Pulses
Considers the needs and research capacity of the cereal and pulse sectors from a crop production perspective with a primary focus on: wheat, corn, peas, lentils, barley, oats, and dry beans; as well as other grains such as canary seed, chickpeas, rye, triticale and buckwheat.

For more information on any of AAFC’s science achievement stories contact:

Media Relations
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
1-866-345-7972
media.relations@agr.gc.ca

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