News Archive: 2015

Get ready for the Cold Snap: Canada's first branded pear
Dec 14, 2015
Distributed to six Metrolandmedia publications By Amanda Moore When it comes to fruit branding, the apple is king. When it came time to market a new pear variety developed by researchers in Vineland, experts looked to the apple. "When it comes to apples, people have their favourites. But we found that with pears, it was more generic," said Amy Bowen, program leader for consumer insights at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. "We knew that to market this pear, we needed to make it something that consumers would ask for by name." Read more
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Made in Canada, you say
Dec 8, 2015
Ontario Farmer By Helen Lammers-Helps Canada’s first branded pear was launched at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in November. The Cold Snap Pear’s biggest selling feature is that it has a longer storage life than other pears, says Dr. Amy Bowen, Leader of the Consumer Insights Research Program at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland). Read more
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One sweet project for researchers in Niagara
Dec 4, 2015
The Toronto Star By Sonia Day, Gardening Vineland Research Station is working to develop a variety of sweet potato that can withstand our inhospitable growing climate. Read more
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Apple Breeding Program Embraces Innovation
Dec 3, 2015
Orchard & Vine online By Ronda Payne Apple growers will be happy to know more science has made its way to their crop of choice in the way of an innovative apple breeding program. Dr. Daryl Somers, director of applied genomics at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, notes it was a discussion with apple growers in Ontario about refreshing the mix of varieties that started the study in 2011. Read more
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Cold Snap pear
Nov 21, 2015
TVCogeco - The Source By Mark Bennett The Vineland Research and Innovation Centre have partnered with the Vineland Growers' Co-operative Ltd. to create a new pear variety. Get acquainted with the Cold Snap Pear. Mark Bennett reports
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Highway of Heroes tree campaign
Nov 10, 2015
CHCH TV By Lauran Sabourin The Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is helping to honour Canada’s military. When more than 100,000 trees are planted as a tribute to soldiers along the Highway of Heroes, the scientists at Vineland will have already tested the trees that will thrive. Lauran Sabourin reports
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Consumer trends drive ornamental plants
Nov 1, 2015
Landscape Trades, November 2015 By Dr. Alexandra Grygorczyk Research at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) sheds light on changing attitudes about gardening. The grocery chain Longo Brothers Fruit Markets Inc. is partnering with Vineland to identify ethnic flowers and flower qualities typical among South and East Asian cultures. Read more
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Highway trees project a continuation of 401 planting
Nov 1, 2015
Landscape Ontario Magazine Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) is continuing the task to develop guidelines to sustain healthy trees along highways. Dr. Darby McGrath, Research Scientist, Nursery and Landscape, at Vineland, Highway trees project a continuation of 401 planting says “In preliminary results from the first planting season, we found not all trees classified as urban-tolerant are suitable for planting in unmaintained sites.” Read more
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Researchers help trees survive harsh life along roads
Oct 27, 2015
Ontario Farmer By Helen Lammers-Helps Researchers at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre have set out to find ways to improve the survival of trees planted on roadsides. Read more
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Eating Niagara: Seeking the ideal apple
Oct 20, 2015
Sun Media Publications By Tiffany Mayer They're a harbinger of fall and promise to keep you and your doctor strangers. And somewhere in a stand of 11,000 trees on the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre farm, there's an apple — or two — in the works that will be a beacon of flavour and juiciness, and give consumers something new into which they can sink their teeth. Read more
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Apple breeding program hopes to ‘refresh Canada’s varietal mix’
Oct 6, 2015
Freshfruitportal.com An apple breeding program in Canada is combining traditional techniques with genetics and sensory science to develop varieties with strong consumer appeal that stand out from the crowd. A team at Ontario-based Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) started the project in 2011 in partnership with the Ontario Apple Growers, and currently has more than 4,000 trees planted for evaluation. Read more
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When biocontrol doesn’t work, how to deal with infiltrators, intruders or invaders
Oct 1, 2015
The Grower By Karen Davidson While virtually all greenhouse vegetable growers use biocontrol in their greenhouses, sometimes the finely tuned eco-environment is upset by infiltrators, intruders or invaders. That’s the topic that Michael Brownbridge will tackle at the Canadian Greenhouse Conference on October 7. Read more
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Fall in love with apples
Oct 1, 2015
The Grower By Nathalie Dreifelds With fall around the corner, the apple season is fast approaching. Combining traditional breeding techniques, genetics and sensory science, a team at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) is developing apple varieties enthusiasts will fall in love with. Read more
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Fall in love with apples
Sep 29, 2015
TVCogeco – The Source Brenda Schultz hit the road this week for a visit to the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. She met with Daryl Somers who is in the midst of a long range project that will eventually lead to a new variety of apple. Brenda Schultz reports
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Designer apples
Sep 25, 2015
CHCH TV, Health & Lifestyle, Niagara It’s officially apple season but at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, they’ll have to wait until next year to harvest. Fall of 2016 is when their first crop of specially bred hybrid apples will be ripe for picking. CHCH TV reports
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Pixie Grape spreading its vines
Sep 21, 2015
Sun Media Publications For those of us with aspirations of winemaking from our own vineyard, Rodney Bierhuizen may hold, or rather grow the solution. At Sunrise Greenhouses in Vineland they are readying hundreds of Pixie grape plants for sale. Sunrise Greenhouses has the worldwide rights to the plant, which was developed in co-operation with Vineland Research and Innovation Centre starting back in 2009. Read more
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Vineland Research developing apples for enthusiasts
Sep 17, 2015
Freshplaza.com With fall around the corner, the apple season is fast approaching. Combining traditional breeding techniques, genetics and sensory science, a team at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) in Ontario, Canada is developing apple varieties enthusiasts will fall in love with. Read more
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Now putting the bios in charge
Sep 11, 2015
Greenhouse Canada By Ashley Summerfield, Alexandra Grygorczyk, Rose Buitenhuis, Anissa Poleatewich and Michael Brownbridge In the spring of 2014, we took a snapshot of the status of biocontrol use in Ontario greenhouses and the pest management challenges facing growers. Two questionnaires were developed by researchers at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. We received 97 responses from ornamental growers in 18 regional municipalities, representing 22 per cent of the total ornamental acreage in Ontario, and 22 responses from vegetable growers in nine regional municipalities, representing 33 per cent of total vegetable greenhouse acreage in Ontario. Read more
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The wine grape drying program at Vineland is back!
Sep 8, 2015
Don't miss your chance to dry grapes at Vineland. Limited opportunities now available. Click here to read more.
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Biopesticides: New wave of control
Sep 4, 2015
Greenhouse Canada Magazine, September issue By Dr. Anissa Poleatewich In virtually all areas of horticulture today, there is a place for both biopesticides and traditional agrochemicals. Maximum benefits can be achieved through the integration of the two strategies in an approach known as Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Read more
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Sep 1, 2015
The Grower By Karen Davidson The Cold Snap pear is now on stage, and it deserves to blush with all the fanfare. After 20 years of painstaking study, these bred-in-Canada, grown-in-Canada pears are set for their consumer debut at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, November 6 -15. When the genetics of the pear were transferred from Agriculture and AgriFood Canada to Vineland in 2009, a new business model was born. The  agreement was that Vineland would have the global rights to the variety. Read more
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Bring the vineyard home
Aug 28, 2015
Floraldaily.com "Pixie Grape, a versatile indoor/outdoor grapevine, is a must-have edible ornamental and we want to share it with the world,” said Chandra Bierhuizen, Sales/Marketing Manager at Sunrise Greenhouses located in Vineland, Ontario. Six years ago, Robert Bierhuizen, President of Sunrise Greenhouses and Board Director of Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) recognized the ornamental value of the miniature vine and partnered with Vineland to develop new varieties of Pixie Grape. Read more
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Automated mushroom harvester can change the industry
Aug 26, 2015
Hortidaily.com By Boy de Nijs The Robotics and Automation team at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) in Ontario, has been working on developing a robot that has the potential to significantly change Canada's fresh mushroom industry. Read more
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Colours of summer
Aug 21, 2015
TVCogeco – The Source By Mark Wikobrado The Vineland Research and Innovation Centre held a public open house to showcase over 200 unique vegetative and seed flower cultivars. Vanessa Verworn reports.
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The 2015 Innovation Report
Aug 19, 2015
Vineland has published the 2015 Innovation Report. Read more
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Aug 4, 2015
The Grower By Nathalie Dreifelds Graham Rennie of Rennie Estate Winery in Beamsville, Ontario has purchased one of the first commercialized Appassimento chambers in North America. This method of drying grapes for the wine industry has been developed and delivered to market through a partnership between Ontario manufacturer MTX Postharvest and Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland).  Read more
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Aug 4, 2015
Ontario Farmer By Glenn Powell Vineland researchers are responding to criticism that today's fruits and vegetables lack taste and nutrition. Read more
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Developing tomatoes adapted to Canadian growing conditions
Jul 27, 2015
Hortidaily.com By Boy de Nijs The Applied Genomics lab at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Vineland Station, Ontario, Canada, revolves around DNA sequencing technology. Its main goal is to obtain data that serve to improve breeding programs. Read more
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Creating consistency in Ontario wines
Jul 22, 2015
Grimsby Lincoln News, July 15, 2015 By Amanda Moore Consistency was the key ingredient Graham Rennie found was missing from wine made from the fruits of his 50-acre vineyard. The answer to that question was to dry out the grapes, a technique used for centuries in Italy to produce a full-bodied, complex vino called Amarone. After visiting Italy and touring an Amarone production plant, Rennie had an idea that he took to Jim Brandle, CEO of Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. Read more
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Canada’s national rose breeding program
Jul 22, 2015
TVCogeco – The Source By Stephen Parr A look at the Canada's National Rose Breeding Program taking place at the Vineland Research & Innovation Centre. Read more
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Putting the focus back on flavour - food author Mark Schatzker to speak at Vineland Research open house
Jul 15, 2015
Niagara This Week By Luke Edwards, Grimsby Lincoln News “What happened to flavour, and how can we get it back?” is the question Toronto food author Mark Schatzker poses in his latest book, The Dorito Effect: The surprising truth about food and flavour. And it’s the question he’ll tackle when he speaks at the July 22 Vineland Research and Innovation Centre’s What’s Growin’ On Open House. Read more
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$10 million greenhouse to be Canada’s largest dedicated for horticulture research
Jul 13, 2015
By GTA Construction Report staff writer Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland), a world-class research centre for horticultural science and innovation in the Niagara Region, has nearly completed building its $10 million innovative greenhouse. Read more
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Fresh Ontario grapes at Christmas could soon be a reality, research shows
Jul 7, 2015
AgInnovation Ontario Postharvest specialists at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) have found a way to extend the shelf life of fresh Ontario table grapes so they can be available to consumers longer. Read more
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In search of the perfect Asian eggplant variety, production system
Jul 3, 2015
Freshplaza.com By Boy de Nijs To meet the increasing Canadian demand for ethnic vegetables, Ontario’s Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is investigating varieties of greenhouse Asian eggplant. Michael Brownbridge, Vineland's Research Director for Horticultural Production Systems, explained to us the process for selecting the perfect variety and improving production systems. Read more
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Will Vineland make Canada the next leader in horticulture innovation?
Jun 19, 2015
Hortidaily By Boy de Nijs The construction of Canada’s newest pre-commercial research greenhouse at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) in Ontario is well on its way. Behind the construction of the $10 million project is a well-thought-out technical strategy designed by locally customized technology. Together with Vineland's Chief Operating Officer Gary Moffatt, I took a tour of the construction site. Read more
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Jun 16, 2015
Ontario Farmer By Lilian Schaer Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen's delegation of Dutch agricultural business leaders stopped at Vineland on May 28 for a tour. Read more
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Vineland researcher making ‘grape’ strides to improve storage
Jun 11, 2015
Grimsby Lincoln News By Luke Edwards Ontarians may soon be able to put fresh local grapes out on the table to serve guests coming over for Christmas parties. That’s thanks to research being done at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, where senior research technician for postharvest science Kimberley Cathline has been working to adapt tried and true methods for postharvest storage to locally grown table grapes. Read more
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Growing new varieties of old Ontario fruit favourites to help meet local food demand
Jun 2, 2015
By AgInnovation Ontario Buoyed by the buy local movement, both consumers and retailers are keen to have more Ontario products more often – and that will soon be possible thanks to a project underway at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. Read more
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Global collaboration
May 28, 2015
Beamsville, Ontario Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, the Quebec Lettuce Foundation and Rijk Zwaan have signed an agreement enabling the development of more environmentally-friendly aphid-resistant lettuce varieties. Read more
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Biopesticides: How they can work for you
May 15, 2015
Greenhouse Canada By Dr. Anissa Poleatewich In virtually all areas of horticulture today, there is a place for both biopesticides and traditional agrochemicals. Maximum benefits can be achieved through the integration of the two strategies in an approach known as Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Read more
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Vineland developing hydroponic production systems for Asian eggplant
May 13, 2015
Hortidaily.com A team at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) is developing hydroponic production systems for Chinese long and Indian round eggplant to identify varieties with the right traits for commercialization including upright growth habit, yield potential and desirable consumer attributes. Read more
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May 12, 2015
Market Wired The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry, along with the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology), announced the appointment of Ken Knox as Chair of the Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC). Read more
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Our process is real-world progress
May 3, 2015
The Business Link Niagara, May 2015 issue By Lana Culley With a highly-skilled research team, oversight from an independent Board of Directors, engagement from an international Science Advisory Committee and collaboration with more than 160 global partners including a Stakeholder Advisory Committee, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre’s (Vineland) goal is to enhance Canadian growers’ commercial success through results-oriented innovation. Read more
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Long live Sovereign Coronation grapes: Extending postharvest storability
May 2, 2015
The Grower, May 2015 issue By Kimberley Cathline Slowing down the aging process, preventing excessive dehydration, maintaining firmness and fighting infection – these tasks sound like the benefits of a miracle cream, but in reality each one is part of the job of a postharvest scientist. At Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland), postharvest scientists focus on developing and applying techniques to extend shelf and storage life for fresh horticultural products, as well as, creating innovative technologies. Read more
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Biocontrol checks: Can you recognize quality?
May 1, 2015
Greenhouse Canada Magazine, May 2015 issue By Dr. Rose Buitenhuis Recognizing the needs of growers and the biocontrol industry for better guidelines, a collaboration of Flowers Canada Ontario; the Association of Natural Biocontrol Producers; IPM Florida and the USDA; National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Extension IPM funded a project at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre to collate and develop easy and quick QC protocols for various biocontrol products. Read more
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Halton’s annual forum focuses on innovation in agriculture
Apr 20, 2015
Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance Halton Region’s Annual Agricultural Forum, held earlier in January, saw innovation as its focus this year, providing attendees with information on some of the latest trends in agriculture, including new research, funding opportunities and the advantages of developing niche products. Michael Brownbridge, Research Director of Horticultural Production Systems at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, was one of the forum’s speakers. Read more
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Creating disease resistance and valuable traits in greenhouse vegetables
Apr 1, 2015
The Grower, April 2015 issue By Travis Banks Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) is looking to nature’s method of creating new traits and accelerating it using modern technologies. In a process of ‘induced variation,’ Vineland grows a population of plants that have created thousands of small changes to their DNA instead of just dozens. Read more
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VRIC gets $143,260 for biocontrol research
Mar 30, 2015
Grimsby Lincoln News By Scott Rosts Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (VRIC) will be conducting new biocontrol research for the Canadian greenhouse sector, thanks to $143,260 federal funding. Read more
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Produce market changes
Mar 30, 2015
CHCH TV By Lauran Sabourin The start of the planting season is just weeks away and farmers are growing all the fresh produce that we like to eat. But the experts at the Vineland research centre are working on a project to convince consumers and growers to look beyond the corn and tomato stalks. Read more
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Big Boost for Vineland’s Biocontrol Program
Mar 27, 2015
Greenhouse Canada Written by Dave Harrison Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) is investing $143,260 in the greenhouse biocontrol program at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. Read more
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Launching a new pear variety into Canadian marketplace
Mar 25, 2015
Agricultural Adaptation Council Vineland Growers’ Co-operative Ltd. is working, in collaboration with Ontario Tender Fruit Marketing Board and Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, to launch a new premium pear variety into the Canadian marketplace. Read more
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Adapting to consumer tender-fruit wants
Mar 19, 2015
By Rob Houle Distributed to six (6) Sun Media publications in the Niagara Region Michael Kauzlaric, technology scout and grower outreach with Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Vineland is on the hunt for tender-fruit growers looking to diversify their orchards by adding plum, nectarine or apricot trees bred by scientists from the University of Guelph in conjunction with the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Lincoln and the Ontario Tender Fruit Marketing Board. Read more
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Plum surprised
Mar 16, 2015
Grimsby Lincoln News By Luke Edwards Distributed to eight (8) Metroland Media publications Peaches are gaining partners as the tender fruits of choice in Niagara, says Vineland Research and Innovation Centre’s Michael Kauzlaric. Read more
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Vineland researchers building vitality of greenhouse vegetable market
Mar 13, 2015
Hortidaily.com Vineland researchers are using bioinformatics and specialized crop populations, containing changes mimicking naturally occurring variances, to introduce valuable traits in horticultural crops tailored to regional growth conditions and with broader consumer appeal. Read more
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Mar 1, 2015
The Grower By Karen Davidson Waste not, want not. That simple proverb is at work today across horticulture. As two Ontario apple growers and one peach grower discovered last summer, time motion studies of harvest workers in their orchards revealed wide variances in efficiency. Read more
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Slices of Vineland research at Falls convention
Feb 19, 2015
Distributed to six (6) Sun Media publications in the Niagara Region By Don Fraser For years, the versatile sweet potato has been a savory alternative to the traditional golden fry. With this market expanding, new developments are underway in growing the varieties in Ontario. And this effort is among a number of projects being showcased by the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre at the annual Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls. Read more
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Feb 16, 2015
Produce Grower, Features – Production By Chris Mosby Understanding and utilizing biocontrols can be a terrifying process. Rose Buitenhuis, a research scientist at the Vineland Research and Innovation Center, has been studying the efficacy of biocontrols on ornamentals and food crops in greenhouses. Read more
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How do you like them genetically engineered, non-browning apples?
Feb 13, 2015
Maclean’s Magazine By Dene Moore For a brief period about five years ago, there were fewer homegrown apples for sale on Canadian grocery-store shelves than there were melons. The not-for-profit Vineland centre itself is working on identifying the molecular markers in apples related to characteristics such as sweetness, disease susceptibility and texture. Read more
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Feb 12, 2015
Grimsby Lincoln News By Luke Edwards The agri-food sector is second only to the automotive industry, as the largest in Ontario. And with the help of a new committee that includes two local representatives, it may soon take over the top spot. Norm Beal, president and CEO of Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery in Beamsville, and Jim Brandle, CEO of Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, have been named to the Agri-Food Growth Steering Committee.  Read more
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Feb 10, 2015
Ontario Farmer By Alex Binkley While hunger remains a global problem, the world's food supply is growing. Jim Brandle, CEO of Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, said his organization is building a one-acre greenhouse complex in the Niagara Peninsula to demonstrate the importance of technology to the future of food production. Read more
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Vineland Research and Innovation Centre: East Offers West Results
Feb 1, 2015
Modern Agriculture, February issue By Ronda Payne Growers and producers in the west know the unique climate this side of the Rockies poses its own challenges. So how is it that an Ontario-based organization is making strides to benefit western growers? It’s because of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre’s focus on what they call “real results”. Read more
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Innovation and opportunities shared at Halton Region Agricultural Forum
Jan 30, 2015
Milton Canadian Champion By Melanie Hennessey Developing products for niche markets could very well be the future of the local agricultural industry, according to experts in the field. The event — held at Milton's Country Heritage Park — brought together about three dozen people interested in the region's agricultural industry, including farmers, politicians and food processors. The evening kicked off with a presentation from Research Director Michael Brownbridge of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, located in Niagara's wine region. Read more
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In the Garden: Canada’s quest for super roses
Jan 22, 2015
The Vancouver Sun By Steve Whysall The goal is to breed a whole series of fantastic new roses that will thrive in the coldest regions. The breeding work is being done at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, outside St. Catharines, Ont., but top B.C. nurseries, such as Bylands in Kelowna and Van Belle in Abbotsford, are playing an important role as testing stations. Read more
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Jan 22, 2015
Companiesandmarkets.com By Finbarr Toesland The global mushroom market is not an industry that is well known for its widespread technological innovation. However, researchers from Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (VRIC) have been using automotive manufacturing technology to help create a new automated robot that picks mushrooms. Read more
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Collaboration with a global partner
Jan 21, 2015
Vineland Research and Innovation Centre Niagara, Ontario This week, Peter Landon-Lane, CEO, Plant & Food Research was guest speaker at Vineland’s Board of Director’s meeting. In his address, he compared the similarities between his company’s business model and Vineland’s, while discussing the ongoing research collaboration between the two organizations. Read more
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Winery’s working is paying off
Jan 13, 2015
By Tiffany Mayer, Eating Niagara The white metal box that greets visitors atop the steep driveway at Kew Vineyards looks out of place at the Beamsville winery. But it’s what’s inside that counts. That’s where Kew Vineyards owner John Young and scientists at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre foresee the secret unfolding to make more fans of Ontario red wines.  Read more
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Jan 13, 2015
Hortidaily.com Vineland Research and Innovation Centre published a Grower Guide on quality assurance of biocontrol products. Read more
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OAFT game changers in agriculture profile; Ontario's Appassimento wine technology
Jan 9, 2015
By Biotalk Editor Episode 53 of the Ontario Agri-Food Technologies video series Game Changers in Agriculture profiles Ontario's Appassimento wine technology developed at the Vineland Research & Innovation Centre. View
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Developing hardier, tastier greenhouse vegetables
Jan 7, 2015
AgInnovation Ontario Imagine greenhouse tomatoes and peppers that look and taste great, grow well, and are disease-resistant too. That’s what Daryl Somers and his team at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) are currently working on. Read more
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Edible ornamentals: Easy does it
Jan 3, 2015
Landscape Ontario, January 2015 issue By Sarah Willis Everybody is talking about edibles, but no one is quite sure how big the market is, or where it is going. As a scientist, Dr. Rumen Conev of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (VRIC) in Vineland, Ont., needs statistics to quantify the opportunities in edible ornaments in order to justify putting research dollars into development of new commercially-viable cultivars. Read more
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