Agricultural Research and Innovation

Collège d’Alma

As a college centre for technology transfer, AGRINOVA’s mission is to stimulate research and innovation in agriculture by assisting companies and communities.

Agrinova carries out concrete research work with a specific practical aim or objective that meets the needs of companies. Whether in terms of animal husbandry, alimentation, animal health or reproduction, Agrinova's animal production research covers many aspects of agriculture. Agrinova also offers innovation services in field crops, fodder plants, oilseeds crops, emerging crops, berries, market gardening and greenhouse crops.


640, rue Côté Ouest Alma G8B 7S8 418 480-3300

General Expertises

  • Agri-food and bio-food sectors
  • Agriculture
  • Agroecology
  • Bioproducts
  • Biotechnology
  • Cellulosic products
  • Chemistry and green chemistry
  • Circular economy
  • Composites
  • Drones
  • Ecology and biodiversity
  • Energy efficiency
  • Environment
  • Environmental technologies
  • Forestry
  • Future resources
  • Geomatics
  • Industrial waste
  • Local farming
  • Materials and advanced materials
  • Metallurgy
  • Northern climate
  • Open innovation
  • Organic agriculture
  • Renewable energies
  • Sustainable development
  • Territorial development

Specific expertises

  • Agronomic services in industrial environments
  • Berries
  • Energy efficiency and renewable energies
  • Field crops
  • International cooperation
  • Northern agriculture and emerging production
  • Potatoes

Areas of intervention

  • Agri-food and bio-food sectors
  • Agriculture
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry and green chemistry
  • Environment
  • Forestry
  • Geomatics
  • Local farming
  • Metallurgy
  • Organic agriculture

Examples of applications

  • Characterization and testing of agroforestry land use models of non-timber forest products in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean
  • Development of a northern feed mixture composed of fava beans, peas, and Egyptian clover
  • Development of biomolecular detection tools for the identification and quantification of potato pathogens in soil and plant tissues
  • Development of research capacity to improve the storage, conservation and quality of table potatoes, processing and seed inventories
  • Evaluation of the profitability and feasibility of three regulated wheat fall crops in northern climate
  • Experimenting the effect of innovative practices of Nordic organic management on the productivity of industrial hemp (Canabis sativa)
  • Experimenting with optimal amounts of naked barley as a replacement for grain corn in dairy feeding in northern climate
  • Forum and study on the development of the innovation system of northern agriculture niche of excellence focused on the wild blueberry and potato seed
  • Impacts of agroforestry systems as a means of protecting wheat in a climate change context
  • Strategic research plan for northern agriculture in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean
  • Opportunity study for establishing a niche of excellence on northern agriculture
  • Production guide for the cultivation of fava beans
  • Thermochemical conversion center for the production of biochars and derived bioproducts
  • Use of high precision multispectral aerial imaging as a productivity diagnostic tool in a wild blueberry crop
  • Use of Vicia faba L. in dairy feeding and the assessment of the effect of its tannins on milk production, milk components and GHG emissions


  • 75 hp tractor
  • AgBag
  • Backpack for pesticide application
  • BCS 28-inch mower
  • BCS 28-inch tiller
  • Disc harrow
  • Dry matter oven: grain, forage, forest residues, etc.
  • GPS positioning system and assisted driving
  • Growth chamber
  • Implantation, maintenance, and harvesting in plots or fields
  • Insect pest identification
  • Mixer for mineral fertilizer
  • Planter and potato harvester
  • Portable PCR
  • Precision farming
  • Tiller
  • Training and research farm
  • Small no-till seed drill
  • Soil / plant laboratory
  • Spore count
  • Spreader on wheels
  • Variable rate application monitor
  • Variable rate sprayer
  • Wheel scale