Growing an environmentally sustainable agriculture sector in Quebec through science


July 7, 2021 – Saint-Jean-de-l’Île-d’Orléans, Québec – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

The AgriScience Program, an initiative under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, aims to support research activities to help industry overcome challenges and address fiscal barriers experienced by small and emerging sectors. The Program also seeks to mitigate high-risk opportunities that have the potential to yield significant returns.

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a $3 billion, five-year (2018-2023) investment by federal, provincial and territorial governments to strengthen and grow Canada's agriculture and agri-food sector.

The AgriScience recipients announced today are as follows:

Recipient Name Province Project Description Federal Support Approved
(up to)
Institut de recherche et de développement en agroenvironnement Inc. QC The purpose of the study is to develop profitable organic management of Tulameen long cane raspberries above ground and under tunnels. The project will allow growers to gain market share in the organic raspberry market, while reducing pesticide use. $552,411
Les Moulins de Soulanges Inc. QC This project aims to understand the discrepancies between Canadian and European winter wheat to improve the bread making quality winter wheat in Eastern Canada. The project will also adapt wheat registration quality testing to reflect new industrial uses of winter wheat. $43,715
Carrefour industriel et expérimental de Lanaudière (CIEL) QC This project will characterize the agronomic and economic potential of cherry cultivars under Quebec climatic conditions and evaluate their potential for the markets targeted by Quebec producers. The results will be disseminated to producers to help them in their choice of cultivars to be planted. The results will also be shared with organizations developing cultivars in order to inform them and encourage them to take Quebec's needs into account. $91,931
Lallemand Inc. QC The goal of this project is to identify novel enzymes capable of detoxifying mycotoxins and to deliver these enzymes as products to agri-stakeholders. This research builds on original work conducted at the London Research Centre, helping to enhance the knowledge of the science behind enzymes as a potential solution to addressing the challenges of mycotoxins in the Canadian grain sector. $187,500
La Ferme du Petit Chenal QC This project aims to establish the potential of organic field pea to produce value-added protein ingredients for human consumption through an ultrafiltration purification/concentration process. The ingredients will be characterized in terms of composition, functional properties, digestibility and potential for the formulation of food products. Avenues for the restraint of by-products will be proposed. $41,550
Ferme Onésime Pouliot Inc. QC The goal of the project is to develop techniques that will lead to the production of healthy strawberry and raspberry plants (free of pathogens and pests) that perform well in terms of fruit production and presence of diseases and pests. The ultimate goal of the project is to provide Canadian strawberry and raspberry growers with plants that meet high standards in terms of pest status, productivity and fruit quality. The project will enable growers to gain market share in the organic raspberry market, currently dominated by imports, while reducing pesticide use. $199,551
Fondation pour l'amélioration génétique de la laitue et des légumes feuilles QC This project aims to develop the use of phytobeneficial bacteria in parallel with synthetic pesticides to control the main bacterial diseases in lettuce: bacterial spot, black spot and black vein disease, and soft rot. The bacterial strains will also be studied for their potential to improve plant growth and nutrient availability to plants and to develop better resistance to abiotic stress. $69,999
Centre de recherche en sciences animales de Deschambault QC The purpose of this project is to evaluate the impact of changing water mineral composition on systemic acid-base balance, water and feed consumption, growth performance, bone mineralization, water excretion in broiler excreta and environmental footprint. $78,367
Centre de recherche en sciences animales de Deschambault QC The purpose of this project is to improve the management and understanding of the physiological changes to dairy cattle observed during heat stress and help develop nutritional guidelines that improve production efficiency and animal health in Canadian dairy farms. $450,413

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