Boreal Research Institute

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

Area(s) of Expertise

NAIT Boreal Research Institute conducts applied research on plant and seed technologies that builds the capacity of oil and gas companies and reclamation SMEs 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 (renewable and fossil)
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Forestry and forest-based industries

Specialized lab



Research Greenhouse

Three  controlled growing spaces

Heating and cooling system

Irrigation system

Fertilizer mixers

2,600 square feet

Soils Laboratory

Soil mixer

Walk-in freezer

Walk-in refrigeration

Seed counter

Seed cleaner

Column blower

Seed pelleter

1,800 square feet

Clean Laboratory

Stereo microscopes

Lab benches

Fume hood

Fridge and freezer

Germination chambers

Growth chamber


1,200 square feet

HQP Training Laboratory (NAIT metro, Edmonton)

Walk-in freezer

Germination chambers

Environmental controls


Precision balances




  • 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



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