Scientific achievements in agriculture

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Drought outlook the first of its kind in Canada to provide 30-day glimpse into future drought conditions
It’s not a crystal ball, but AAFC’s new Drought Outlook tool is the first forecast of its kind in Canada to provide drought predictions 30 days into the future based on scientific assessments of real conditions on the ground.

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Worth the wheat: new durum wheat line shows intermediate resistance to fusarium head blight, a first for Canada and the world
A new durum wheat line out of AAFC’s Swift Current Research and Development Centre demonstrates an improved resistance to fungal diseases with Canada’s first Intermediate Resistance (IR) rating against Fusarium head blight (FHB).

View from above of fields with different crops in rotation.

Diverse crop rotations shown to increase yields, improve soil health and lower GHGs
Diverse crop rotations including corn are a sustainable management practice that can improve crop response to changing climate conditions and restore soil health.

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‘Participatory modelling’ is a direct collaboration between researchers and agricultural producers that is bearing fruit
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada scientists are working with field crop producers to help them choose better rotation systems that include cover crops.

List of scientific achievements in agriculture

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 following table:

Scientific achievements in agriculture
Title Science Sector Product Type
The Three Sisters: Optimizing the value and food potential of an ancestral indigenous crop system Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Fat-free stirred yogurts: How to get the right recipe? Agri-food Article
Living Lab - Quebec, an inspiring example of winning collaboration Agri-food Article
New tool takes the guesswork out of crop yields Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
The SpectrAAC-2: A fast and effective device for validating food quality and authenticity (Video) Agri-food Video
UV-C Light Increases Vitamin D in Mushrooms Agri-food Article
Drought outlook the first of its kind in Canada to provide 30-day glimpse into future drought conditions Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Worth the wheat: new durum wheat line shows intermediate resistance to fusarium head blight, a first for Canada and the world Cereals and pulses Article
Diverse crop rotations shown to increase yields, improve soil health and lower GHGs Biodiversity and bioresources Article
‘Participatory modelling’ is a direct collaboration between researchers and agricultural producers that is bearing fruit Agri-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Wetlands and Farmlands: Celebrating Canadian Environment Week (May 30 – June 5, 2021) Agri-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Yield Enhancement Network grows to new heights in second year Cereals and pulses Article
A race against climate change spurs discovery of enzyme that transforms toxin threatening corn Agri-ecosystem productivity and health Article
The first Canadian reference barley genome: a gift beer drinkers can toast Cereals and pulses Article
Can buckwheat be the new top crop on the rotation block? Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Vegetables in the North: AAFC, Government of Yukon and farmers in northern Canada are researching food production together Horticulture Article
Facing a spud slump? Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Perfecting the formula: AAFC scientists help to develop new weapon in the war against wireworms Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Darkening pinto bean problem solved by gene discovery Cereals and pulses Article
Future-Friendly Crops: A National Goal Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Passion for Science Recognized Biodiversity and bioresources Article
Winter cover crop research yields positive results for environment Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Finding the right genes to flatten potato common scab disease Agri-food Article
"Hop"ping into the express lane: AAFC scientists discover ultra-fast research method with potential applications in agriculture, nutri-science and pharmaceuticals Agri-food Article
A fast and effective device for validating food quality and authenticity Agri-food Article
50 years of preserving crop genetic diversity in Canada Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Lingonberries: Good for Your Heart, Good for Your Kidneys and Good for Agriculture Agri-food Article
Taking the heat: AAFC research identifies genetic variation of potato varieties to heat tolerance Agri-food Article
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Microsoft Research join to win International Greenhouse Challenge Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Antibiotic resistant gene discovered but berries may be a solution Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Fate of antibiotics on the farm Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Ground Hemlock At Home on the Forest Floor Horticulture Research note
Herbicide resistance – Genetic tools for zero tolerance Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Intercropping – a new planting method for large-scale Prairie agriculture? Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
The Canola Flower Midge : a newly discovered species Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Research is helping farmers seize Quinoa fever Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Space: Agriculture from a new stellar vantage point Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Strange brew : Maritimes wild hops could provide unique flavours to brewing industry Horticulture Article
Sustainable Biocontrol Agents : A Standing Army at the Ready Horticulture Article
Using genomics to understand antimicrobial resistance Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
What is hydroponics? Agri-food Research note
Reducing methane emissions from livestock Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Research note
A raw apple juice that doesn't turn brown! Horticulture Research note
Innovative biobed design prevents up to 70% of water contamination by pesticides on farms Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Polycultures : A cocktail mix for the semiarid prairies Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article
Learning From Nature : Wild Wheat Responds to Climate Change Biodiversity and bioresources Article
Potato Gold Rush : Canada 150 spud new gold standard for fresh market Horticulture Article
Maple syrup flavour research Agro-ecosystem productivity and health Article