Centre for Boreal Research

The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), Peace River, Alberta
What the facility does

Research on native plant and seed delivery for forest and peatland reclamation

Areas of expertise

The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) Centre for Boreal Research conducts applied research on plant and seed technologies that builds the capacity of oil and gas companies, reclamation SMEs, and First Nations Communities in order to meet ecological standards for the reclamation of well sites, resource roads, and pipeline corridors.

Research services

Native seed harvesting, seed viability, seed storage and longevity, seed enhancement, greenhouse production, field establishment

Sectors of application
  • Energy
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Forestry and forest-based industries
Specialized lab Equipment Function
Research Greenhouse Research Greenhouse 2,600 square feet
Research Greenhouse Controlled growing spaces (3)  
Research Greenhouse Heating and cooling system  
Research Greenhouse Irrigation system  
Research Greenhouse Fertilizer mixers  
Soils Laboratory Soils Laboratory 1,800 square feet
Soils Laboratory Soil mixer  
Soils Laboratory Walk-in freezer  
Soils Laboratory Walk-in refrigerator  
Soils Laboratory Seed counter  
Soils Laboratory Seed cleaner  
Soils Laboratory Column blower  
Soils Laboratory Seed Coater and Pelletizer  
Soils Laboratory Autoclave  
Soils Laboratory Sieve shaker  
Soils Laboratory Drying Ovens  
Soils Laboratory Soil grinders and mixers  
Clean Laboratory Clean Laboratory 1,200 square feet
Clean Laboratory Stereo microscopes  
Clean Laboratory Lab benches  
Clean Laboratory Fume hood  
Clean Laboratory Fridge and freezer  
Clean Laboratory Germination chambers  
Clean Laboratory Growth chamber  
Clean Laboratory Seed Moisture Tester  
Clean Laboratory Micro Weighing balance  
Clean Laboratory UV-vis spectrometer Ultraviolet–visible spectroscopy
Clean Laboratory pH and EC meter Water quality tester – acidity/ alkalinity and electrical conductivity
Clean Laboratory Leaf Porometer  
Clean Laboratory Field Scout pH meter  
Clean Laboratory Sample Shaker  
Clean Laboratory Water bath  
Clean Laboratory SPAD-502 meter Chlorophyll meter
Clean Laboratory Water purification system  
HQP Training Laboratory (NAIT metro, Edmonton) Walk-in freezer  
HQP Training Laboratory (NAIT metro, Edmonton) Germination chambers  
HQP Training Laboratory (NAIT metro, Edmonton) Environmental controls  
HQP Training Laboratory (NAIT metro, Edmonton) Autoclave  
HQP Training Laboratory (NAIT metro, Edmonton) Precision balances  
HQP Training Laboratory (NAIT metro, Edmonton) Micrologger  
  • Paramount Resources
  • Higher Ground Consulting
  • Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.
  • Apache Canada
  • Shell Canada Ltd.
  • Daishowa-Marubeni International Ltd.
  • PennWest Exploration
  • Woodmere Nurseries
  • PRT Beaverlodge
  • Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
  • Memorial University
  • Wild Rose Consulting
  • InnoTech Alberta