Saskatoon Research Centre
The Saskatoon Research Centre (SRC) is one of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's network of 19 research centres. The Centre, located in the heart of the Prairies in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, conducts research on prairie crops to support the agri-food industry in Western Canada. It is located on the campus of the University of Saskatchewan. The centre manages three field sites: the Melfort Research Farm, the Scott Research Farm and the Outlook Canada-Saskatchewan Irrigation Diversification Centre (CSIDC).
This centre emphasizes collaboration between several private and public research organizations which operate from the Agricultural Innovation Centre. The Centre develops integrated crop management strategies for sustainable cropping systems on the Canadian Prairies. In response to an emerging priority, it also focuses on leading research to develop sustainable management of clubroot on canola.
It is the home of the Plant Gene Resources of Canada, an important international repository of crops.
Leading research focuses on the following five initiatives with a supporting role in agronomy and northern agriculture:
- Integrated crop management for sustainable cropping systems on the Canadian Prairies;.
- Sustainable management of clubroot on canola;
- Integrated strategies for genetic improvement of oilseed, legume, and forage crops;
- Genetic resource conservation, characterization and utilization;
- Bioproducts and bioresources.
Areas of Research
The Saskatoon Research Centre (SRC) conducts major research and development in agricultural biotechnology, value-added crop processing, crop breeding and ecological crop protection, and the control of insect and weed pests in major crops. SRC's research activities and investments are planned and developed so new discoveries and knowledge can form the basis for sector innovation.
Crop Production and Integrated Management Practices for the Canadian Prairies
- Studying land resources such as soil fertility and reducing the impact of herbicides on the environment
- Conserving, documenting and distributing plant and animal germplasm
- Managing weeds, insects and plant diseases through innovative technologies
- Achieving sustainable production for the Canadian prairies through better cropping practices
- Diversification of crops used in irrigation agriculture
Developing and Transferring New Technologies
- Improving oilseed and forage crops by developing new germplasm
- Discovering new processes and products to expand the use of crops grown on the prairies
- Encouraging a greater use of Brassica oilseeds as industrial crops through appropriate technology transfer
- Improving Brassica oilseeds by increasing tolerance to cold, drought and salt stress, and increasing resistance to diseases and pests
- Irrigation technologies
Facts, Figures and Facilities
- 43 scientists and a total staff of more than 300
- Located on the campus of the University of Saskatchewan, in the city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
- Research farms at Scott (340 hectares), Melfort (370 hectares) and Outlook (145 hectares) with an additional field site at Saskatoon (265 hectares)
- Location for the Plant Gene Resources of Canada and the Canadian Animal Genetic Resources Program repositories of plant and animal genetic materials
- 110,000 specimens including the world-base collections of barley and oat
- Plant herbarium and insect reference collection
107 Science Place
Director of Operations: A/ Olfert Owen
Director of Research and Development: Paul McCaughey
Melfort Research Farm
P.O. Box 1240
Scott Research Farm
P.O. Box 10
Outlook Canada-Saskatchewan Irrigation Diversification Centre
P.O. Box 700
901 McKenzie Street South