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Consumer preference work contributes to Ontario apple cider strategy
Posted Mar 15, 2018
AgInnovation Ontario
By Lisa McLean
Ontario consumers are thirsty for more hard apple cider, and the province’s apple sector is poised to deliver. But first, researchers at Vineland are profiling consumer preference to be sure the industry serves up cider that hits the spot. Read more

Upcoming Events

Jun 20, 2018
Vineland is the Greenhouse Canada Grower Day speaker sponsor and will be exhibiting at the event taking place June 20, 2018 from 8:30 am to 4 pm. Vineland's Rose Buitenhuis will be discussing biocontrol for young plants.  For more information about the event, please visit their website 

Latest Media Release

Posted Mar 14, 2018
The hugely popular Canadian Shield™ rose from Vineland’s 49th Parallel Collection, developed at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland), will be available again in 2018 to take root from coast to coast. Read more

Latest Reports

Integration of microbial biopesticides in greenhouse floriculture: The Canadian experience

March, 2018

Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, In Press, November 28, 2017
The article is available here at a cost.

Abstract: M. Brownbridge and R. Buitenhuis. Historically, greenhouse floriculture has relied on synthetic insecticides to meet its pest control needs. But, growers are increasingly faced with the loss or failure of synthetic chemical pesticides, declining access to new chemistries, stricter environmental/health and safety regulations, and the need to produce plants in a manner that meets the ‘sustainability’ demands of a consumer driven market. In Canada, reports of thrips resistance to spinosad (Success™) within 6–12 months of its registration prompted a radical change in pest management philosophy and approach. Faced with a lack of registered chemical alternatives, growers turned to biological control out of necessity. Biological control now forms the foundation for pest management programs in Canadian floriculture greenhouses. Success in a biocontrol program is rarely achieved through the use of a single agent, though. Rather, it is realized through the concurrent use of biological, cultural and other strategies within an integrated plant production system. Microbial insecticides can play a critical supporting role in biologically-based integrated pest management (IPM) programs. They have unique modes of action and are active against a range of challenging pests. As commercial microbial insecticides have come to market, research to generate efficacy data has assisted their registration in Canada, and the development and adaptation of integrated programs has promoted uptake by floriculture growers. This review documents some of the work done to integrate microbial insecticides into chrysanthemum and poinsettia production systems, outlines current use practices, and identifies opportunities to improve efficacy in Canadian floriculture crops.

Latest Innovation Report

The 2017-2018 Innovation Report

October, 2017


  • New sweet potato variety suited to the Canadian growing season
  • The potential of sweet potato propagation
  • Orange sweet potatoes golden for consumers
  • Cracking the code on eggplant production
  • Okra proves A-OK for Canadian growers
  • The scent of opportunity
  • Gene miners: Meet PGI, Vineland's first spin-off company
  • Mini-cuke packer promises big changes
  • Scouting program proves fruitful
  • Stars align for Chinook SunriseTM

Latest Newsletters

The spring 2018 Vineland newsletter

Mar 1, 2018


  • RootSmartTM...Better roots, better trees, better profits
  • New Greening the Canadian Landscape website
  • New sweet potato variety adapted to Canada's growing season
  • Canadian ShieldTM rose returns to inspire gardeners in 2018