Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Research and Development Centre (RDC)
The RDC is our main place of work and our staffs occupies offices there. We have access to a working environment that includes greenhouses, an in vitro culture laboratory and dedicated research facilities. We are also working in close collaboration with renowned scientists, such as Vicky Toussaint in bacteriology and Guy Boivin in entomology.
Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (VRIC)
The VRIC is collaborating on our research projects by attempting to identify molecular markers (QTL) involved in certain issues affecting lettuce, such as bacterial spot and tip burn. The centre is also collaborating to confirm the introduction of the Nasonovia aphid resistance gene into the popular Estival variety. Our contact person is Travis Banks, a research scientist in bioinformatics.
Rijk Zwaan (RZ)
We collaborate with Rijk Zwaan, a Dutch company specializing in the selection and production of vegetable seeds. Under agreements, it was possible to access the RZ patented Nasonovia aphid resistance gene in order to introduce it into chosen varieties. Our contacts are Wim Grootscholten, Sales Manager and Johan Schut, Breeder.
Pinnacle Seed (PS)
Our collaboration began with seed multiplication in California and selecting the best subjects. Little by little, we tested varieties and selections with a growing interest from local producers. We now sell varieties, through the Coop, for specific production windows. Our contact is Mike Vanoli, President.
Unifrontières Coop (Coop)
The Coop has been working with the Foundation for several years. Our contact is Jean-Sébastien Leblanc, General Manager.
Norseco has the exclusive right to sell varieties developed by AAFC and we continue on this path with agreements for the sale of new varieties and sub-licenses for sales outside of Canada.