Current Research at the Guelph Research Station

The following is a list of current projects at the Guelph Research Station. Note that some projects may remain unlisted if they are protected intellectual property.

If you have any questions about ongoing research at the research station please email researchstation.info@uoguelph.ca.

Update regarding COVID-19

The Alliance is committed to ensuring the health and safety of staff, animals, researchers and the community. We are following guidance set out by the University of Guelph’s Office of Research with respect to biosecurity and research activities during COVID-19. Please keep in mind the status of projects may change as the response to this pandemic evolves.

Current research studies

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Nov. 2020: Agroforestry Biomass Projects at the Guelph Research Station

Research summary
Objective To determine improved measures for management of turfgrass diseases by investigating fungicidal resistance or alternative methods to fungicides, and by investigating products and methods that will activate the plant to become disease-resistant.
Benefit to Agri-food Turfgrass managers frequently use fungicides; therefore, it is important to understand the development of fungicide resistance to improve management programs. Managers will also benefit from the development of new products like the disease-resistant activators as an alternative product to protect the grass. 
 
Research summary
Objective To: Determine the influence of biofertilizer applications on biomass crop productivity, soil health and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; Evaluate the contribution biomass crop production has on the ecosystem via soil health and soil organic carbon sequestration; and Develop best management practices (BMPs) for this sector. 
Benefit to Agri-food There is a large demand for biomass crop production for various agricultural use. This research will help Ontario biomass growers understand the use of biofertilizers to increase biomass crop (switchgrass and Miscanthus) yield and growth. Additionally, this study will evaluate how biomass crop production can improve soil health when grown on low-productive land, providing an opportunity for growers to make use of the over 10 million ha of degraded agricultural land in Canada.