Research and Technology Transfer at the Alfred College of the University of Guelph
The Research and Technology Transfer Group (RTT) of the Alfred College specializes in applied research in the fields of environment and crop science. We help food industry stakeholders and the community ensure sustainable agricultural development, reduce production costs, stay at the cutting edge of technology and am Improving the rural environment. The dynamic RTT team is made up of four researchers and two technicians:
Anna Crolla, MASc., College Senior Researcher
Marc Foisy, M. Sc., College Professor
Chris Kinsley, M.Eng., College Senior Researcher
Simon Lachance , Ph.D., College Professor
Eric Brunet, BA
Keltouma Ouhna, M. Sc.
Our specialty is the environment, related to the treatment of rural waste water and the management of nutrients. The Ontario Center for Rural Waters (COEUR) was created in 1998 to promote the sustainable development of rural areas through the use of wastewater treatment technologies such as Septic tanks, artificial swamps, filter bands, adsorption filters, separation membranes, composting, etc.
Agroforestry, alternative agriculture, pest control (insects and weeds), and dairy production are a few other examples of research topics addressed by Alfred researchers. Researchers are also actively involved in the teaching of graduate courses, and several students are engaged each year to work on several research projects.
The works are subsidized mainly by government, private industry and agricultural associations. Examples of current projects include:
Assessment of an artificial wetland to treat wastewater from the village of Alfred
Treatment of leachate (run-off) from landfills by an artificial wetland and peat filter.
Removal of wastewater phosphorus using slag (residue from steel production)
Production of ethanol (fuel) using whey permeate (residue from cheese production)
City of Ottawa Septic Tank Management Study
Control of harmful flies to the milk dairy using biological methods
Evaluation of methods of introducing ginseng into the natural environment
Environmental assessment of the combined application of paper biosolids and lime in forage production
Development and evaluation of methods and products to reduce the contamination of harvested maple water for the production of maple syrup
The College’s experimental farm, with its 100 hectares of crops and timber, provides essential support for research in agricultural production, environment and agroforestry. Eighty hectares are reserved for the research and cultivation of corn and other forage crops necessary to feed the dairy herd of 35 lactating cows. A grove of about 900 nicks and plantations of softwood and hardwoods complete the part in agricultural production. The research section also has a quip laboratoire laboratory for fundamental analyzes of wastewater, nano-, micro- and ultra-filtration units, as well as numerous pilot demonstration units For the treatment of wastewater.
The research team is working to improve the competitiveness of the agricultural sector, particularly the francophone community in eastern Ontario, and also to enhance the quality of the agricultural sector, Environment in rural areas.