News Archive: 2014

Giving overexposed poinsettias their due: The Real Dirt
Dec 20, 2014
Toronto Star By Sonia Day I challenge jaded folks who dismiss poinsettias as “boring” to take a trip to the annual Christmas Open House at Vineland Research Station in Niagara. (You’ve missed it this time around, but check the website, vinelandresearch.com in fall 2015 for next year’s date). Read more
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Ontario-built robot system could automate mushroom picking
Dec 18, 2014
AgInnovation By Lilian Schaer At first glance, mushrooms and cars don’t have a lot in common. Using concepts long used in automotive manufacturing, researchers at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) have developed a robot to pick mushrooms. Read more
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2014 poinsettia research open house winners
Dec 17, 2014
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Vineland Research and Innovation Centre hosts poinsettia open house
Dec 9, 2014
Grimsby Lincoln News By Luke Edwards Last Friday researchers at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre got a little insight into what the customer wants. The third annual Poinsettia Open House was quite the success, organizers say, attracting hundreds to the Vineland greenhouse to check out the dozens of different varieties on display. Read more
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Poinsettia research open house
Dec 2, 2014
TVCogeco – The Source By Mark Wikobrado The Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is hosting a Poinsettia Open House on Friday, December 5th from 1-4 pm. The public is invited to come out and vote for their favourite poinsettia. Brendan Sylvia reports.
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The crop of Christmas
Dec 1, 2014
Grimsby Lincoln News By Amanda Moore Poinsettias grow in a variety of colours and shades, beyond the classic red. Join researcher Wayne Brown Friday at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre for the annual poinsettia open house. Read more
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Nov 27, 2014
Grimsby Lincoln News By Amanda Moore BEAMSVILLE — A Beamsville winery is the first in North America to have a prototype of a modular, self-contained, controlled-environment system designed through a partnership with Vineland Research and Innovation Centre and MTX Postharvest. The new, individual chambers are hoped to transform the Appassimento wine industry in Canada. Read more
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Appassimento chamber
Nov 19, 2014
TVCogeco – The Source By Mark Wikobrado Vineland Research and Innovation Centre held an event at Kew Vineyards in Beamsville to show off the new Appassimento Chamber. Mike Morgan reports.
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Advancing tree fruit and fresh grape sectors in Canada
Nov 18, 2014
Freshplaza.com A new research program is focusing on changing and improving the product mix for Ontario tender fruit and fresh grape growers. Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) is evaluating plum, peach, nectarine and apricot trees from the University of Guelph’s breeding program in terms of superior varieties that meet consumer preferences. Vineland is also scouting the world for fresh grape varieties better- adapted to our local climate. Read more
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Nov 12, 2014
Simcoe Reformer By Monte Sonnenberg Canada relies on imports because sweet potatoes are a challenging crop to grow this far north. Research is underway at the Vineland Research & Innovation Station that will hopefully change that. Read more
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Grant to help with earlier varieties of fruit
Nov 11, 2014
By Don Fraser Distributed to six (6) Sun Media publications in the Niagara Region A federal grant will help researchers develop Ontario tender fruit varieties that can be sold sooner each season. The research will be done by the University of Guelph and Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. Read more
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A guide to container nursery crop fertilization
Nov 1, 2014
Scientists at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Canada are helping Ontario nursery growers save money and protect the environment through the identification of optimal fertilizer rates for commonly-grown woody ornamentals. Read more
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Market signals persuade long-time potato growers to dig sweet potatoes
Nov 1, 2014
The Grower With clear demand signals from consumers, the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) has ramped up research on sweet potatoes, particularly varieties adapted to Ontario’s short-growing season and cooler climate. Read more
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Oct 30, 2014
AgInnovation By Lilian Schaer Canadian demand for the healthy tuber has sky rocketed, reaching heights that far outstrip Ontario’s small, locally grown supply. Researchers at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre are working hard to change that by developing new sweet potato varieties specifically suited for Ontario’s climate and crop conditions. Read more
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Oct 20, 2014
Hortidaily.com Tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers generate more than $1 billion in annual sales for the Canadian greenhouse vegetable industry. These plants are susceptible to a number of diseases, which threaten crops and decrease profits for producers. To address this challenge, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre will partner with Dr. Keiko Yoshioka, a leading academic from the University of Toronto, who has discovered a key gene involved in plant disease resistance. Read more
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Oct 16, 2014
Better Farming By Susan Mann Researchers in Ontario are using gene technologies to develop new commercial traits and varieties of greenhouse vegetables with enhanced disease resistance. The goal is to come up with varieties that are commercially available to greenhouse growers within a decade, says Jim Brandle, CEO of Vineland Research and Innovation. Read more
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Oct 13, 2014
The Hamilton Spectator/Hamilton Business By Meredith MacLeod Graham Rennie is on a quest to make the best red wine in Ontario and to do so, he’s reaching back into an age-old drying technique. Rennie dries his grapes for 80 to 100 days in a chamber developed through a partnership with Vineland Research Centre. Read more
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Innovative Ontario greenhouse open to partnerships
Oct 7, 2014
Freshplaza.com Ontario announced on September 24th, 2014 that construction would begin on a new and innovative greenhouse. The greenhouse at Vineland Research & Innovation Centre will conduct research for “developing innovative technologies that will help deliver more food to the market faster”. Read more
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Hamilton apple orchards on track for 'excellent' crop
Oct 2, 2014
CBC | Hamilton By Kelly Bennett Researchers at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre are working to pinpoint the perfect apple's appeal. Read more
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Growing new produce for new Canadians
Oct 1, 2014
Fruit and Vegetable Magazine By Lilian Schaer Researchers at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre are exploring the market potential of vegetable crops popular with South Asian and Afro-Caribbean consumers and how to successfully grow and market these new vegetables in Ontario. Read more
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Oct 1, 2014
Grocery Business, September/October 2014 By Sally Praskey For world vegetables like eggplant, it’s a long, arduous, and costly journey from the farflung continent of Asia to the tables of growing numbers of new Canadian consumers. Enter Niagara Region-based Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, whose world crops breeding program focuses on the commercial production of locally grown okra, Asian long eggplant, and Indian round eggplant, among other produce. Read more
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Research greenhouse is expected to open in May 2015
Oct 1, 2014
The Grower A $10 million, pre-commercial scale research greenhouse is currently under construction at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) for vegetables and nonedible horticulture. It’s slated to open in May 2015. Read more
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Niagara pear industry hangs hat on new variety
Oct 1, 2014
Distributed to six (6) Sun Media publications in the Niagara Region By Tiffany Mayer, Eating Niagara The AC Harovin Sundown pear will begin appearing in stores this fall for the curious to sample, have their appetites whetted and get tongues wagging before its official launch in 2015 at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto. It’s the first pear bred in Canada, developed in Harrow and perfected at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. Read more
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VRIC greenhouse
Sep 25, 2014
TVCogeco – The Source By Mark Wikobrado The Vineland Research and Innovation Centre hosted a press conference to give details on the construction of their new Pre-Commercial Greenhouse. Norah-Jean Howard reports
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Work underway on new Vineland greenhouse
Sep 24, 2014
Greenhouse Canada By Dave Harrison Work is well underway on the new pre-commercial greenhouse facility at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. Dozens of industry representatives and local politicians joined Ontario Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Minister Jeff Leal this afternoon in marking the start of construction. Read more
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Sep 24, 2014
610 CKTB Radio Niagara will be home to Canada's largest greenhouse research facility. The Ontario government is committing 10 million dollars to the research facility located at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. Read more
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Ag minister announces a $10M investment for the construction of a world-class greenhouse
Sep 24, 2014
Farms.com By Amanda Brodhagen Ontario is investing big bucks for the creation of a 3,700-squre-metre state-of-the-art greenhouse at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. The province is infusing $10 million towards the greenhouse that will make it the largest facility of its kind in Canada. Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs was on hand to make the announcement.  Read more
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Prunes get a new look, taste
Sep 19, 2014
University of Guelph - At Guelph By Alaina Osborne, Students Promoting Awareness of Research Knowledge (SPARK) Researchers are looking at ways to brighten up the colour – and the image – of prunes. Plant agriculture professor Jay Subramanian wants to change that. He’s working with the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre to develop new varieties of European plums, alter their blue colour and extend their relatively short growing season. Read more
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Sep 15, 2014
AgInnovation Ontario Dr. Rumen Conev is leading a breeding program at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre that is developing landscape and garden rose varieties that will be resistant to Black Spot, survive frigid Canadian winters, and thrive in our shortened growing season – all while producing plentiful blooms and sporting glossy dark green foliage. Read more
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Research for the love of sweet potatoes
Sep 12, 2014
Global News By Jennifer Palisoc Canadians seem to love their sweet potatoes. “Consumption in Canada has doubled in the last 5 years,” said Catherine Archibald, a senior research technician in vegetable breeding at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. Jennifer Palisoc reports
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Building Niagara’s new greenhouse technology centre at Vineland
Sep 5, 2014
Hortidaily.com Ready, set, go! Construction of a new $10 million pre-commercial greenhouse at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) is underway. This new centre is expected to bolster the economic growth of the Niagara Region and increase the competitiveness of the greenhouse industry. The completion date for the project is spring 2015. Read more
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Growing the market for what consumers love
Sep 4, 2014
Hortidaily.com Canadian consumers share a love for sweet potatoes and seek out the great nutritional value of these root vegetables. A large proportion of sweet potatoes available in Canada are imported from the United States. To increase Canadian growers’ competitiveness, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) is developing fresh market varieties better-adapted to our shorter growing season climate and ones better-suited for the processing sector. Read more
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Vineland in the spotlight
Sep 1, 2014
Greenhouse Canada By Dave Harrison A single day is definitely not long enough to fully appreciate how busy the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre has become. And it will only get busier, now that construction has begun on a new state-of-the-art greenhouse complex. Read more
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Soil compaction & pollution could be cause of tree death along highways
Sep 1, 2014
Ontario Arborist Magazine By Patricia Kerr Researchers at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, Landscape Ontario & the Canadian Nursery and Landscape Association are working on a joint project that is calling into question the commonly held theory that highway trees are killed by salt and pollution. Read more
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Research update: Healthy soil drives tree survival along highways
Sep 1, 2014
Landscape Trades By Darby McGrath and Jason Henry Vineland Research and Innovation Centre together with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, Landscape Ontario, Landscape Alberta and the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association, are working to develop solutions to improve transplant success and tree establishment along highways. Read more
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Aug 20, 2014
Hortidaily.com Check out Vineland's just released Innovation Report for the latest on partnerships, progress, impact and results. Read more
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Mmmm, doughnut peaches
Aug 19, 2014
Distributed to six (6) Sun Media publications in the Niagara Region By Tiffany Mayer, Eating Niagara Twelve-hundred doughnut peach trees were planted in Niagara this year, which means the flying saucer-shaped fruit has landed here quite nicely. The three varieties taking root locally were developed at Rutgers University in New Jersey and brought to the region for testing in 2008 by Ken Slingerland, a tender fruit and grape specialist at what was then the Vineland Research Station. Read more
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Aug 15, 2014
Landscape Ontario Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is continuing the Greening the Highways study project, in conjunction with Landscape Ontario and the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association. Read more
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Feds invest in rose, vegetable breeding at Vineland
Aug 12, 2014
Ontario Farmer By Lilian Schaer Rose and vegetable breeding programs at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre received a shot in the arm with the recent announcement of $2.6 million in funding from the federal government. Read more
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Aug 8, 2014
FCC Express By Owen Roberts Niche market development for Canadian horticultural crops -– and opportunities for farmers -- has taken another step forward. Earlier this week, scientists at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre received more than $2.5 million in federal support to address changing markets and develop new ones. Read more
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Sweet potato plan plays out in Vineland
Aug 5, 2014
Distributed to six (6) Sun Media publications in the Niagara Region By Tiffany Mayer, Eating Niagara The sweet potatoes growing at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre are stressed out. Not only are they being grown in trying conditions, to see how they fare, they’re also under pressure to produce potatoes that will one day be the makings of a profitable crop for Canadian farmers. Read more
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Aug 5, 2014
Ontario Farmer By John Phair Speaking at the annual Ridgetown Vegetable Open House, Dr. Michael Brownbridge, research director for the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, says Canada’s changing demographics has created a demand for a range of vegetable crops which, in the past, were referred to as ethnic or ethno-cultural vegetables.  Read more
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Aug 4, 2014
Niagara This Week By Scott Rosts Over the last several decades the face of Niagara has changed immensely, but its agricultural industry continues to shine. A perfect example is the work that takes place at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. Read more
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VRIC open house
Aug 1, 2014
TVCogeco – The Source By Mark Wikobrado The Vineland Research and Innovation Centre held an Open House recently. A $2.5 million funding announcement was also made by the Federal Government. Katie Jones reports
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A sweet choice for potato growers
Aug 1, 2014
Spudsmart By Jim Timlick It’s no secret that sweet potato consumption is on the rise in Canada. The numbers certainly back that up. Led by Valerio Primomo, a research scientist and vegetable-breeding expert with Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Ontario’s Niagara region, he is investigating ways of increas­ing domestic sweet potato production. Read more
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Jul 31, 2014
Better Farming By Susan Mann The Vineland Research and Innovation Centre’s work to study growing Asian and round Indian eggplant in greenhouses received a boost this week after the federal government announced funding of more than $1.1 million for its world crops work. Read more
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New funding for Vineland Research Station
Jul 30, 2014
Distributed to six (6) Sun Media publications in the Niagara Region By Bill Sawchuk The federal government is seeding the Vineland Research Station with $2.5-million in an effort to help profits bloom for horticultural and agricultural producers. Read more
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Jul 29, 2014
Canadian Nursery Landscape Association The third annual Innovation Report is packed with the latest updates from the various projects happening at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. CNLA has connections to both the hardy rose growing program (page 22) and the Greening the Highways project (page 32). Other topics include: robots pack plants and profits, new product pipeline for growers, good news for poinsettia growers, and more! Read more
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Growing okra an exciting challenge for gardeners
Jul 26, 2014
Toronto Star - Gardening By Sonia Day Believe it or not, okra — still unfamiliar to most born and bred Canadians — is currently being tested at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre as a future crop for Ontario farmers. Read more
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A rose, in any other soil, that still smells as sweet
Jul 23, 2014
Grimsby Lincoln News By Luke Edwards The Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is hosting an open house to showcase four of its major ongoing projects. And those projects are bringing the world of food and horticulture right to Canada. Read more
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New vegetables being tested for Southwestern Ontario
Jul 18, 2014
Blackburnnews.com By Ray Baynton Okra, Asian Long eggplant and Indian Round eggplant are being grown in trial plots at the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus, in conjunction with the Vineland Research Centre.  Read more
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Jul 15, 2014
Ontario Farmer By Glenn Powell A Vineland Research and Innovation Centre project is trying to improve survival rates among young roadside trees. Read more
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Jul 8, 2014
Ontario Farmer By Glenn Powell Vineland’s ornamental plant breeder says finding a true hardy rose is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Read more
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Jul 8, 2014
Ontario Farmer By Glenn Powell Breeder estimates local production could double with a variety suitable for Ontario conditions. Read more
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Leading Canada's rose revolution
Jul 7, 2014
The Vancouver Sun By Bill Brooks If Rumen Conev, research scientist in plant breeding at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Ontario, has his way, Canada could become a veritable Versailles, with roses blooming coast to coast. Read more
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Innovations in biocontrol with Michael Brownbridge
Jul 4, 2014
Greenhouse Canada Interview with Michael Brownbridge, PhD., of Vineland Research and Innovation Centre at Grower Day 2014. View more
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Scientist studying tree growth near highways
Jul 3, 2014
Distributed to six (6) Sun Media publications in the Niagara Region By Rob Houle If a tree dies along a highway, Darby McGrath cares. Since 2012, the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre scientist has been conducting a study for the Ministry of Transportation, in conjunction with Landscape Ontario and the Canadian Nursery and Landscape Association. Read more
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VRIC hardy rose
Jul 3, 2014
TVCogeco – The Source By Mark Wikobrado The Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is currently working on a Hardy Rose program involving over 15,000 different types of roses to be grown in Canada's cold climate. Katie Jones reports
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Automated sticking and cutting costs with John Van de Vegte
Jul 3, 2014
Greenhouse Canada Interview with John Van de Vegte of Vineland Research and Innovation Centre at Grower Day 2014. View more
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Dipping cuttings to start clean
Jul 1, 2014
Growertalks.com Vineland researchers are working with Flowers Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture & Food and the Ministry of Rural Affairs to get cutting dips on labels. Read more  
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Working together to establish better crops and profits
Jul 1, 2014
Agri-Food Yearbook 2014 By Karen Ball In the rapidly growing horticulture industry, there is a high demand for new products and services that improve profitability and lower growers’ costs of production. With the help of industry and government partners, the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is looking for innovative practices and technologies to meet the demands of the horticulture sector. Read more
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Scientists try and create a perfectly Canadian rose
Jun 30, 2014
Global News By Laura Zilke Scientists are trying to create a rose that is immune to disease and can handle Canada’s harsh weather. Laura Zilke reports
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Bring on the rose revolution
Jun 26, 2014
The Calgary Herald By Bill Brooks If Rumen Conev, research scientist in plant breeding at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Ontario, has his way, Canada could become a veritable Versailles, with roses blooming coast to coast. Read more
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Highway greening
Jun 19, 2014
TVCogeco – The Source By William Kelly The Vineland Research & Innovation Centre in partnership with the MTO are looking at improving the quality of greenspace around Ontario's highways. Read more
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Jun 10, 2014
Hortidaily.com As part of our commitment under Growing Forward2, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) is responsible for collecting the Ontario horticulture industry’s research priorities. Read more
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Dipping cuttings to start clean
Jun 3, 2014
Hortidaily.com Poinsettia growers will remember the 2012 growing season, when high numbers of Bemisia whiteflies came in on the cuttings and were very hard to control. Biocontrol programs, which had been very successful in previous years, were under pressure from the beginning with high whitefly populations making it difficult to get control using parasitic wasps. Read more
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The secret behind Appassimento wines
Jun 1, 2014
Canadian Grapes to Wine What do Kew Vineyards Soldier’s Grant 2011, Rennie Estate Winery “G” 2011 and Rennie Estate Winery Scarpata 2011 have in common? They are Ontario red wines made using a proprietary Appassimento method pioneered at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland). Read more
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Petal perfection in Vineland
Jun 1, 2014
Niagara Farmers’ Monthly By Amanda Moore A favourite for gardeners and romancers, the rose has long been a popular flower choice. While deep red and vibrant pink continue to dominate the rose market, consumers are always looking for a new, better rose to add to their gardens. This is where the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre comes into play. Read more
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May 27, 2014
Niagara This Week - St. Catharines By Paul Forsyth Regional politicians hope a $1 million investment into a planned greenhouse technology centre at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (VRIC) will help make Niagara’s powerful greenhouse industry even stronger in the highly competitive horticulture industry. Read more
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May 12, 2014
Huffpost Business By CBC John Van De Vegte of the Vineland Research Centre worked in the auto industry, and is looking to make greenhouses the next frontier for robotics. But the two sectors couldn’t be further apart. Read more
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Research scientist discusses hardy rose breeding program
May 6, 2014
Hortidaily.com In 2010, the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association (CNLA) obtained the rights to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Hardy Rose Breeding Program including all of its germplasm. In a collaborative effort, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) assumed the breeding responsibility for the research program. Read more
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May 2, 2014
Farms.com It can take 20 years or more to bring a new apple variety to market. A research partnership between the Ontario Apple Growers and Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) is hoping to cut that time in half. Read more
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That’s Amarone
May 1, 2014
Maclean’s Wine in Canada 2014 By John Szabo In Beamsville, Graham Rennie of Rennie Estate also wanted to improve his reds Rennie wanted to find a more cost-efficient and predictable grape-drying system. In 2011, along with John Young of Kew Vineyards/Angels Gate, Rennie approached the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Niagara for help. Read more
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The secret behind Appassimento wines
May 1, 2014
Hortidaily.com What do Kew Vineyards Soldier’s Grant 2011, Rennie Estate Winery “G” 2011 and Rennie Estate Winery Scarpata 2011 have in common? They are Ontario red wines made using a proprietary Appassimento method pioneered at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland). Read more
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New guide helps refine fertilizer use
May 1, 2014
Niagara Farmer’s Monthly Scientists at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre are helping Ontario nursery growers save money and protect the environment through the identification of optimal fertilizer rates for commonly grown nursery crops. Read more
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May 1, 2014
Vines Magazine Vineland Research and Innovation Centre scientist Bernard Goyette has invented a chamber that allows winemakers to dry grapes appassimento style while controlling climate, airflow and humidity using a unique method. Read more
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Off to a clean start
Apr 30, 2014
Greenhouse Canada By Rose Buitenhuis, Michael Brownbridge, Graeme Murphy, Angela Brommit and Taro Saito Vineland researchers are working with Flowers Canada Growers and OMAF/MRA to get cutting dips on the lab.  Read more  
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Major Growing Forward 2 boost to Vineland research
Apr 24, 2014
Greenhouse Canada By Dave Harrison The governments of Canada and Ontario are supporting the province’s horticulture industry through a $26.5 million investment in Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) as part of their Growing Forward 2 (GF2) program, a five-year federal-provincial-territorial initiative. Read more
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Agriculture is the future - Feds, province invest $26.5 million in research, innovation
Apr 23, 2014
Grimsby Lincoln News By Amanda Moore Good things grow in Ontario — and will continue to do so thanks in part to joint funding from the federal and provincial governments. David Sweet and Ted McMeekin, the MP and MPP for the Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale riding, were at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre Tuesday to announce $26.5 million in joint funding through the Growing Forward 2 program. Read more
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Apr 22, 2014
Better Farming By Susan Mann Federal and provincial governments providing $26.5 million in funding over five years for the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre shows they have confidence in the centre’s work, says CEO Jim Brandle. Read more  
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Apr 20, 2014
The Globe and Mail By Tavia Grant At the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, a test robot hoovers up white mushrooms from a box of dark earth. Next door, another is labelling and packaging pots of pink mini-roses. In busy times, like Mother’s Day, it can work non-stop to fill surges in demand – with no additional overtime pay. Read more
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Scientist hopes he invented the next grape thing
Apr 16, 2014
Distributed to six (6) Sun Media publications in the Niagara Region By Rob Houle Vineland Research and Innovation Centre scientist Bernard Goyette has invented a chamber that allows winemakers to dry grapes appassimento style while controlling climate, air flow and humidity using a unique method. Read more
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Quest for tastier tomatoes
Apr 16, 2014
Distributed to six (6) Sun Media publications in the Niagara Region By Rob Houle David Liscombe is on a five-year mission to boldly go where no tomato scientist has gone before. The researcher at Vineland Research Centre is tasked with creating better-tasting Ontario greenhouse tomatoes. Read more
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A new comprehensive guide to container nursery crop fertilization
Apr 7, 2014
Hortidaily.com Scientists at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) are helping Ontario nursery growers save money and protect the environment through the identification of optimal fertilizer rates for commonly-grown nursery crops. Read more
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The quest for flavour in greenhouse-grown tomatoes
Apr 1, 2014
The Grower Like the grape industry, the quest for flavour in greenhouse tomatoes involves balancing the elusive ratio of sugars and acids. Particularly in tomatoes-on-the vine (TOV), the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers is seeking to enhance those qualities. That’s why OGVG has turned to David Liscombe, a research scientist in biochemistry at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland). Read more
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Bringing the world to your farm
Apr 1, 2014
Fruit and Vegetable Magazine By Treena Hein The cultivation of specialty ethnic veggies is becoming more common on Ontario farms. Read more
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World crops
Apr 1, 2014
Country Guide Magazine By Helen Lammers-Helps The face of Canada is changing, and it may mean new market opportunities for farmers. While in the past, newcomers had to adapt to traditional Canadian foods, increasing global trade means “new Canadians” are now able to source familiar foods, especially vegetables, from their home countries. Read more
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The science of taste
Mar 27, 2014
Grimsby Lincoln News By Amanda Moore Vineland researchers aim to create the perfect greenhouse tomato.  Read more
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Tomato flavour
Mar 26, 2014
TVCogeco – The Source By Stephen Parr The Vineland Research & Innovation Centre is working on improving Tomato flavour while ensuring disease resistance traits essential for production in Ontario. Read more
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The tomato taste test
Mar 21, 2014
Global News By Laura Zilke Ontario Greenhouse Growers are using science to develop the perfect tasting tomato. Laura Zilke, reports. Read more
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Researchers eye hardier sweet potatoes - Ontario farmers need more cold-tolerant spuds
Mar 19, 2014
University of Guelph By Alaina Osborne, Students Promoting Awareness of Research Knowledge (SPARK) Researchers at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre and the University of Guelph are looking to develop new sweet potato varieties that are better adapted to Canadian environments to reduce imports and increase local acreage. Read more
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Vineland researchers to increase green infrastructure with multi-lane highway
Mar 5, 2014
Hortidaily.com Researchers at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre are working with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, Landscape Ontario and the Canadian Nursery and Landscape Association to realize a multi-lane highway. Read more
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Roadside landscaping concept takes root in Ontario
Mar 5, 2014
Daily Commercial News By Ian Harvey Dr. McGrath is a research scientist with the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Niagara and is just a year or so in on a 10-year study looking at what trees and plants can survive and thrive in the hard conditions roadside. Read more
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Major grocers stocking more locally grown okra, eggplant
Mar 1, 2014
The Grower By Karen Davidson Okra, long and round eggplant are no longer fringe vegetables. Since 2008, consumption has increased 55 per cent for okra and 27 per cent for eggplant according to Statistics Canada. Demand is estimated to be much higher if the right quality of produce could be delivered. Read more
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Feb 26, 2014
Greenhouse Management, Features - Propagation & Plant Varieties By Karlyn Green Valerio Primomo, a Vineland research scientist and vegetable breeder, focuses on delivering germplasm, varieties, and traits that will add commercial value to the to the vegetable industry in Canada and abroad. Read more
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Mark Cullen: Research centre hopes to plant the future of our gardens
Feb 18, 2014
Ottawa Citizen By Mark Cullen The crystal ball through which scientists look at the future of both our food plants and our ‘ornamental’ plants becomes clearer with investment in research. The people at Vineland, in the Niagara Peninsula, stand on the threshold of the research and innovation pieces of this pie. Read more
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Feb 11, 2014
Ontario Farmer By Glenn Powell There is a potential to replace a lot of imports – but growers are urged to proceed with caution. Read more
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The changing fields of Ontario
Feb 6, 2014
The Hamilton Spectator By Lisa Marr In response to growing demand, farmers are encouraged to grow okra and eggplant. Read more
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Vineland signs licensing agreement for novel varieties of peaches and nectarines
Feb 1, 2014
The Grower By Nathalie Dreifelds Canadian nurseries now have the rights to propagate and sell new peach and nectarine varieties to growers, thanks to a sublicensing agreement between Pennsylvania-based Adams County Nursery and Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland). Read more
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Consumer science targets the sweet spot for apples
Feb 1, 2014
The Grower By Karen Davidson Apple grower Cathy McKay has a good question: Sugar consumption is trending upwards. Is that why consumers like sweeter apples? Amy Bowen, research program leader, consumer insights, with the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland), had the answer. Read more
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Innovation hotbed
Jan 23, 2014
Grimsby Lincoln News By Amanda Moore New Vineland greenhouse will bolster $2.5B industry. Read more
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Battle of the bugs
Jan 23, 2014
Distributed to six (6) Sun Media publications in the Niagara Region By Rob Houle Buitenhuis, a biological control specialist at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, is helping flower, vegetable and berry growers combat pests through the use of plant-friendly bugs and parasites that munch on the bad guys. Read more
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Jan 18, 2014
Grimsby Lincoln News By Amanda Moore Vineland researcher recognized as leader by turf industry. Read more