Research Facilities on the Macdonald Campus

McGill's Macdonald Campus, home to the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the School of Human Nutrition, the McGill School of Environment and the Institute of Parasitology, offers excellent teaching and research facilities.

FORMS and SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) for researchers using Macdonald Campus Research Facilities.

Agronomy Research Centre, Emile A. Lods

Contact: marc.samoisette [at] (Email)   |  T: 514-398-7874

The Emile A. Lods Agronomy Research Centre has excellent facilities for agronomic and agro-environmental field research, with research land, perennial plantations, buildings and specialized equipment. Qualified and professional assistance is available on site.

Bioresource Engineering Machine Shop

Contact: leslie.laduke [at] (E-mail)  |  T: 514-398-8615

This machine shop operates in support of teaching, research and research contracts. All standard shop manufacturing techniques can be utilized on wood, metals, plastics, and other materials. The shop has machine laths of different sizes, large drill press, milling machine, sheet metal machines, wood working facilities, extensive welding (electric, gas, etc. ) capacity, etc.

Clinical Nutrition Unit , Mary Emily

Contact: mecnru [at] (Email)  |  T: 514-398-7527

The Mary Emily Clinical Nutrition Research Unit (MECNRU) is dedicated to in-patient and out-patient human nutrition experimentation using precisely controlled diets. It can support 12 research subjects on an in-patient basis. The facility is unique in Canada, in that it allows strict, in-house monitoring and testing of research subjects over prolonged periods while they consume diets prepared in house.

CT Scanning Laboratory for Agricultural and Environmental Research

Contact: pierre.dutilleul [at] (E-mail )

This laboratory was established at Macdonald Campus in 2003. The macro-CT scanning facility, the first of its kind in Eastern Canada, enables the detailed, non-destructive study of plant, soil and wood structures, through 3-D images built from CT scans. Quantitative and statistical analyses are performed in a computer room adjacent to the CT scanner and operator rooms. In addition to the existing macro-CT scanning installation, a new micro-CT scanner section has opened in July 2019.

Dairy Information Systems

Contact: dairy.infosys [at] (Email)  |  T: 514-398-7792

This Dairy Information Systems Lab (InfoSys) is made up of researchers working towards the advancement of information technology in dairy management systems, and is affiliated with Valacta.


The only outdoor zoo on the island of Montreal, the Ecomuseum is located only a 5 minute drive from Macdonald Campus and showcases a wide variety of species native to Quebec. It is operated by the St. Lawrence Valley Natural History Society.

Farm, Macdonald Campus

Contact: macdonaldfarm [at] (Email)  |  T: 514-398-7701

The Macdonald Campus Farm is comprised of several research and teaching facilities.

The R. Howard Webster Centre includes the Dairy Complex with its commercial-scale dairy, the Swine Complex, and the Donald McQueen Shaver Poultry Complex. Plant research and teaching can be carried out at the Emile A. Lods Agronomy Research Centre and the Horticulture Research Centre.

Food and Nutrition Laboratories

Used predominantly for training tomorrow's nutritionists, dietitians and novel food product developers, the Food and Nutrition Laboratories include the Mary Catherine Freeman Quantity Food Production Laboratory, the Frederick N. Southam Food Preparation Laboratory, the Sensory Evaluation Laboratory, and the Helen Neilson Culinary Demonstration Room.

Contact: Maureen.rose [at] (Email)  |  T: 514-398-7748

Greenhouse (Research) and Growth cabinets (Phytorium)

Contact: sarah-ann.persechino [at] (Email)  T: 514-398-7771

Research Greenhouse: Computerized greenhouses for research, equipped with rolling benches, temperature control, RH misting, drip-irrigation with fertilizer injection, automatic shading, HP sodium lighting, biological pest control, CO2 injection and an integrated database system.

Phytorium: The Phytorium is equipped with controlled-environment cabinets for plant growth and plant tissue culture. Qualified and professional technical assistance is available on site.

Herbarium, McGill University

Contact: frieda.beauregard [at] (Email)  |  T: 514-398-8764

The McGill University Herbarium collects, preserves and catalogues plant specimens for research into plant systematics, cytogenetics, morphology and ecology. Its collections include over 135,000 plant specimens, which includes Dr. Andrew F. Holmes personal collection, "The Lost Flora of Montreal", donated to McGill in 1856. It then formed the nucleus of what is now the McGill University Herbarium.

High Pressure & Microwave Processing

Contact: hosahalli.ramaswamy [at] (Email)  |  T: 514-398-7919

Horticulture Research Centre

Contact: Michael.bleho [at] (Email)  |  T: 514-398-7875

The Macdonald Campus has excellent facilities for horticultural field research, with research land, perennial plantations, buildings and specialized equipment. Qualified and professional assistance is available on site.

Large Animal Research Unit (LARU)

Contact: vilceu.bordignon [at] (Email)   |  T: 514-398-7793

Lyman Entomological Museum and Research Laboratory

Contact: terry.wheeler [at] (Email)  |  514-398-7914

The Lyman Entomological Museum is Canada's second largest insect collection, with over 2.8 million specimens.

Mass Spectrometry Platform

Contact: lan.liu [at] (Email)  |  514-398-7761

The Mass Spectrometry Platform on Macdonald Campus provides mass spectrometry service to researchers of McGill University and beyond.

McGill Bird Observatory (Stoneycroft Wildlife Area)

Contact: mbo [at] (Email)

McGill IR Group

Contact: ashraf.ismail [at] (Email)   |  T: 514-398-7991

Molson Nature Reserve

Contact: james.fyles [at] (E-mail)

The Molson Nature Reserve consists of a 51-hectare of parcel land that provides habitat for wildlife and plant species, and is used in teaching and research.

Morgan Arboretum

Contact: info [at] (Email)

The Morgan Arboretum is a unique 245-hectare forest research station located on the Macdonald Campus in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue. A mosaic of remnant natural forest ecosystems, plantations, collection plantings of native and non-native trees species, and active and abandoned agricultural land, the Arboretum caters to researchers, educators and the general public.

Multi-Scale Imaging Facility

Contact: musif-ecp3 [at] (Email) | T: 514-398-8172

The Multi-Scale Imaging Facility of the Macdonald campus offers services ranging from sample preparation to image analysis. Numerous sample preparation tools for light and electron microscopy as well as a tabletop scanning electron microscope, many light microscopes, a macro-CT-scanner and an Imaris® image analysis workstation are available on site to facilitate preparation, acquisition, and analysis of the data.

Nutrition Lab, Earle W. Crampton

Parasitology Core Facility (PCF)

Contact: norma.bautista-lopez [at] (Email) | T: 514-398-8721

The PCF is a centralized shared research resource that provides access to instruments, technologies, services (maintenance) and consultation. The PCF contains complex, high-tech equipment, and it is not feasible for researchers to understand all their capabilities and to know how to operate the instruments without instruction and help.

Small Animal Research Unit (SARU)

Contact: holly.esak [at] (Email)  |  T: 514-398-7945

Soil Testing Service

Contact: helene.lalande [at] (E-Mail)

Analytical support for researchers and organizations requiring analysis of plant and soil nutrients and soil biochemical and physical properties.

Lactanet (Valacta)

Valacta, Dairy Production Centre of Expertise in Quebec and the Atlantic regions, improves the profitability and the sustainability of dairy farms by sensitizing producers to the multiple aspects of techno-economic performance of their herd and its management. Valacta is now a partner in Lactanet, along with CanWest DHI and CDN, a farmer-run organization serving Canadian dairy producers from coast-to-coast.


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