News Archive: 2016

Canadian scientists are trying to make your tomatoes tasty again
Dec 23, 2016
The Globe and Mail By Ann Hui David Liscombe is a research scientist with the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, which is researching how the taste and flavour of tomatoes has been changed by the industrialization of agriculture. By the time David Liscombe’s plants bear fruit this spring – glistening red, orange, and yellow orbs hanging down like charms from a ragged vine bracelet – those tomatoes will have been years in the making. Read more
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Here’s one hardy Canadian rose
Dec 22, 2016
London Free Press By Debora Van Brenk It’s an all-Canadian rose, bred for release on an all-Canadian birthday and intended to withstand virtually all Canadian climates. And at least one Southwestern Ontario nursery is anticipating high demand this spring for the Canadian Shield rose — one of the few home-developed and -grown bushes and probably the only one bred specifically for the frozen north. The Vineland Research Centre has chosen to release the first of its “49th Parallel” series of Canadian-developed roses during Canada’s sesquicentennial in 2017. Read more
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Grub: A Podcast about Food - Episode 7: Finding the world's best fruit
Dec 22, 2016
Eatingniagara.com By Tiffany Mayer Michael Kauzlaric is a fruit scout with the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. He travels the world searching for the next big thing in fruit and vegetables to grow in Canada. Listen here
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Do-it-yourself blueberries coming to a garden centre near you
Dec 20, 2016
AgInnovation Ontario By Lilian Schaer Ontarians will soon be able to easily grow blueberries on their own balconies or patios. Demand for more edible potted plants combined with heightened consumer interest in food production led researchers at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) to work on new technology to allow consumers to more easily grow plants in containers. Read more
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Evolution: still life in the pear category
Dec 5, 2016
The Grower, December 2016 issue By Karen Davidson The table is set for a new generation of pears. Several varieties such as AC Harrow Crisp, AC Harovin Bounty and Cold Snap have made their debuts in the last 20 years. But by 2022, there should be new Canadian pears available to consumers. HW623, was licensed to the Vineland Growers Co-operative in 2015 and first plantings are expected next year. HW624, which has red-blushed, medium-sized fruit and a high tolerance to both the bacterium that causes fire blight and the insect of pear psylla, is the most recent release from Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. Read more
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The next great apple
Nov 29, 2016
Urban Forestry Radio Show, Orchard People, Podcast, Nov. 29, 2016 By Susan Poizner In this episode of The Urban Forestry Radio Show we’ll talk to Rob Wyles, a grower from Washington State who discovered  the bright red, round, sweet and crispy “Foxtrot apple” which he found growing on a tree on his farm. Later in the show we will talk with Daryl Somers of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Ontario about the science behind taste and apple breeding. Listen here
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Fresh and new
Nov 29, 2016
Fruit & Vegetable Magazine, November/December 2016 By Treena Hein "Vineland is scouting the world for new fresh grape varieties suited to the Canadian climate with consumer appeal," says study lead Michael Kauzlaric technology scout and grower outreach at Vineland. “The goal is to replace a certain percentage of the imports, to extend the season for local fruit and provide different flavours produced locally for consumers.” Read more
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Apples in Canada
Nov 25, 2016
Timeline Magazine, November 16, 2016 By Kewpie Lam Timeline Magazine investigates Canadian apple growing methods and new varieties available in Ontario. Vineland Research and Innovation Centre discusses breeding hybrid apples in search for the next great apple. View more (in Chinese)
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Cold Snap (TM) pears offer juicy fresh taste into the New Year
Nov 23, 2016
The Toronto Star By Cynthia David, Special to the Star Ontario growers are proudly packing a new late-season pear variety in bright blue bags and clamshells with whimsical graphics. This squat, roly-poly pear, the first bred in Canada, was released in 1972 under the name AC Harovin Sundown. As the first of 75,000 trees in Ontario and Nova Scotia came of age last year, growers searched for a catchier name. Cold Snap was born, with its own website, coldsnappear.ca. As part of the branding process, Consumer Insights Research program leader Amy Bowen conducted pear focus groups at Niagara’s Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. Read more
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In The Garden: Hot new plants in the pipeline for 2017
Nov 21, 2016
The Vancouver Sun By Steve Whysall Every year, nurseries select new plants to make available to gardeners in spring. Here’s a closer look at some of the best of new plants for the new year. Two new rose varieties — Cherry Lady and Canadian ShieldTM — will be offered next spring. Canadian ShieldTM is a scarlet, mildly scented, floribunda, bred at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Ontario. Read more
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Build a better pot, grow a better tree
Nov 9, 2016
Tree Service Canada, Fall 2016 By Pat Kerr Challenges of planting trees along the Highway of Heroes project has led Vineland Research and Innovation Centre researchers to develop a better potting system to encourage optimum root development. Read more
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How technology is being incorporated to help growers adapt
Nov 7, 2016
Fresh Thinking, Fall 2016 By Suzy Thompson What commercial horticulture in Canada is increasingly benefiting from is advanced technology that can perform the same tasks, as well or better, as manual labour has traditionally done. According to the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Niagara, ON, the majority of commercial horticulturalists’ operations are only moderately automated. They cite the high initial cost of automation and dearth of suitable equipment in Canada; however, a great part of Vineland’s research is focused on changing that. Read more
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The grape extension
Nov 4, 2016
Grimsby Lincoln News By Luke Edwards Move over coronation, a new grape may be crowned soon. Or, potentially, six new grape varieties. That’s if all continues to go well with work being done at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre where researchers are trying to develop new table grape varieties that will hopefully extend Canada’s table grape season and provide consumers with different tasting grapes. Read more
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Predatory mites and tasty tomatoes
Nov 3, 2016
Grimsby Lincoln News By Alexandra Heck Minister of Agriculture Lawrence MacAulay alongside Vance Badawey, MP for Niagara Centre announced that Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is receiving $920,000 for work on developing pest resistant and high yield tomato and apple varieties. Read more
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Ontario Premier listens to horticulture's concerns
Oct 31, 2016
The Grower, November 2016 On October 11, the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre hosted Ontario’s premier Kathleen Wynne for a facility tour and roundtable. Vineland’s CEO, Dr. Jim Brandle chaired the roundtable which included representatives from the horticulture industry. Read more
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Vineland aims to launch seedless grape varieties in 2018
Oct 26, 2016
Freshfruitportal.com Canada’s Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is currently evaluating numerous seedless grape varieties brought in from the U.S., in the hope of boosting local growers’ marketing window. Read more
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Highway of Heroes Living Tribute to mark first anniversary
Oct 22, 2016
The Toronto Star By Mark Cullen, Green Spaces About two years ago, a bunch of tree-loving people thought it would be a wonderful enhancement to the Highway of Heroes if it were planted with trees. The trees would clean the atmosphere, cool the environment, provide a more attractive drive down an otherwise ugly stretch of asphalt and create a living legacy to our war dead. The Highway of Heroes Living Tribute was born. Using the resources at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, best practices for planting on highway right of ways were determined. Read more
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Plantes indigènes et introduites dans les paysages urbains et naturels : interactions, avantages et performance
Oct 20, 2016
Québec Vert, Septembre 2016 Par Darby McGrath, Ph.D., Jason Henry et Ryan Munroe L'origine des plantes est-elle le seul critère à considérer lors du choix des espèces à utiliser ? Une approche est d'évaluer la compatibilité des espèces avec les conditions des sites urbains et de faire des choix qui amélioreront les écosystèmes urbains. Continuer à lire
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Vineland is building the future of Canadian horticulture
Oct 18, 2016
Hortidaily.com By Boy de Nijs Scientists and researchers at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre are shaping the future of Canadian grown horticultural products. Whether that is by researching the odds for a new consumer appealing tomato variety dedicated to the Canadian market or developing new bio control strategies to help growers produce their crops more efficiently and sustainably; the role of Vineland is invaluable for Canada's growing industry. Read more
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A tray to grow a better tree
Oct 7, 2016
Orchard & Vine Magazine, Fall 2016 By Ronda Payne From the time it is a seedling, how a tree’s roots form and grow are an important indication of future health and production. Dr. Darby McGrath, research scientist in nursery and landscape plants with the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre wants to create a better propagation tray to allow seedlings the best opportunity possible. Read more
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Table grapes
Sep 22, 2016
CogecoTV – The Source By Stephen Parr A research project at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre will soon allow consumers to be able to purchase new varieties of fresh grapes grown in Canada. View more
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Vineland research leading to new grape varieties in Canada
Sep 19, 2016
Food in Canada Consumers will soon be able to purchase new varieties of fresh grapes grown in Canada, thanks to a research project currently underway at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) in Vineland Station, Ont. Read more
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Busy days for pots and trays
Sep 15, 2016
Greenhouse Grower, September issue By Brian Dr. Sparks The Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Ontario, Canada, is revolutionizing propagation systems for the nursery sector through a tray design supporting superior tree health and root growth. Read more
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Okra trials in BC
Sep 13, 2016
Modern Agriculture, September 7, 2016 By Ronda Payne If your field has 110 to 120 frost-free days, you like working hard in the summer and you are looking for a new crop to be dedicated to, okra may be just the thing. Okra, a subtropical crop, is being tested for suitability in BC with trial results expected later this summer. Viliam Zvalo, a vegetable production research scientist with the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Ontario has been looking at the crop as part of his World Crops research program which looks to expand the food offerings to Canadians to meet changing desires. Read more
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Vineland Research and Innovation Centre working to improve container-grown blueberry plants
Sep 8, 2016
Grimsby Lincoln News By Luke Edwards They’ve got the power of blue, the beauty of red and green, and now thanks to Vineland Research and Innovation Centre it’s becoming easier than ever for urban farmers or gardeners to get their hands on their very own blueberry plants. Trials on container-grown blueberries by researchers at the centre have proven successful for what can be a tricky plant to grow and keep alive in containers. Read more
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Locally grown okra could soon be an option in Canada
Sep 7, 2016
AgInnovation Ontario By Kelly Daynard It’s no secret that there’s a growing ethnic population of Canadians who have preferences for foods from their home countries. That fact brings with it unique opportunities for farmers to produce crops that haven’t traditionally been grown locally. Okra is one such crop. Dr. Viliam Zvalo is a research scientist in the area of vegetable production at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) and joined the team in 2014 with a mandate to investigate opportunities for world crop production for Canadian farmers. Read more
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Feeding diversity
Sep 2, 2016
Timeline Magazine By Jiaolin Tian Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is working on planting exotic vegetables, especially eggplants, in Niagara, ON, so that the market diversity could better respond to the more and more diverse ethnicity in the Canadian society. View more (in Chinese)
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A key online IPM resource
Sep 1, 2016
Greenhouse Canada By Shelby VanderEnde The use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and biocontrol in the greenhouse industry is growing exponentially and greenhouse growers are looking for resources to better understand how to manage pests and biocontrol agents within their production system. A new online tool, Greenhouseipm.org, has been launched to meet this need. Read more
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A nation of innovation
Aug 30, 2016
Canadian Grocer, September issue By David Sherman What innovative ideas and products is Canada contributing to the food business? Here, we look at a few centres notable for their creative approach that benefits the food industry. Located in Canada's Niagara Region, the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is dedicated to horticulture science and the development of new products. Read more
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Easy home harvest with organic potted blueberries
Aug 26, 2016
Hortidaily.com Consumers can now have container-grown organic blueberries at your fingertips thanks to new production techniques developed at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. Read more
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The burger project - Colour is king when it comes to tomatoes
Aug 20, 2016
The Toronto Star By Vanessa Lu When it comes to eating fruits and vegetables, looks matter. “Your first impression is the colour,” said Jim Brandle, CEO of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, a not-for-profit organization focused on innovation in horticulture. Then after the colour and texture are mastered, it comes down to flavour, a balance of sugar and acid. So researchers at the Vineland research centre are hard at work in breeding plants, create variations — to measure colour, sugars and acids, plus ensure a promising yield. Read more
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Grow some eggplant already: Real dirt
Aug 19, 2016
The Toronto Star By Sonia Day Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Niagara, Ont., funded by both government and the agricultural industry, tests new vegetables, fruit and ornamental plants for possible use by Canadian farmers and one of their big stars right now is (like potatoes and tomatoes) a member of the Solanum family. Asians call it “brinjal.” Europeans say “aubergine.” But to North Americans it is “eggplant.” Read more
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Not your ordinary greenhouse construction
Aug 12, 2016
Daily Commercial News By Mary Baxter   Sean Racher lost count of the number of times he heard “it’s just a greenhouse,” while managing construction at the Vineland agricultural research hub in the Niagara Region (Vineland Research and Innovation Centre). The 3,700-square-metre greenhouse project, with nearly an acre under glass, was anything but ordinary greenhouse construction. Read more
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Research and commercialization unite at the new Vineland greenhouse technology centre
Aug 11, 2016
Greenhouse Grower Technology, July/August 2016 issue By Janeen Wright The new, pre-scale commercial greenhouse facility at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Vineland Station, ON, will help accelerate the commercialization of innovative technologies and products coming out of research. Read more
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L’Ontario s’équipe d’une serre de recherche ultramoderne
Aug 4, 2016
La Terre de chez nous, juillet 27, 2016 Myriam Laplante El Haïli L’Ontario a inauguré le plus grand centre de recherche en serre d’Amérique du Nord le 3 juin. L’objectif? Améliorer l’approvisionnement des marchés ontariens, canadiens, voire internationaux, 12 mois par année, avec des produits horticoles et maraîchers. Le 3 juin dernier près de 550 visiteurs curieux ont exploré les nouvelles installations du Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. Continuez la lecture
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Don’t miss out on the grape drying program at Vineland
Aug 3, 2016
Don't miss your chance to dry grapes at Vineland. Limited opportunities available. Click here to read more.
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Horticultural societies contribute to Highway of Heroes tree-planting project
Aug 1, 2016
Sault Star By Pat Kerr The Highway of Heroes Living Tribute project started in 2007 when a 170-kilometre portion of the highway stretching from CFB Trenton to the Don Valley Parkway in Toronto was designated the Highway of Heroes. The planting concept is to produce a living memorial for each of the country’s 117,000 fallen soldiers since Confederation. Keeping trees alive is the key challenge as planting in the compacted and salt-sprayed soils of Canada’s major highways, does not promote longevity of trees. Over the last three years, researchers with Vineland Research and Innovation Centre worked to understand the problems and find solutions. Read more
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What's Growin' On
Jul 28, 2016
TVCogeco - The Source By Mark Bennett The Vineland Research Centre opened the gates of their farm recently. Hundreds came out to tour the site and participate in 'What's Growin' On'. Brenda Schultz reports.
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Vineland researchers developing improved propagation trays
Jul 21, 2016
Niagara This Week By Luke Edwards A good start in life can go a long way in ensuring good health in the future. That’s just as true for tree as it is for people. And Vineland Research and Innovation Centre scientist Darby McGrath is leading a team to make sure young trees get off to the very best start in life they can. McGrath and her team are working on new propagation trays that they say improve root structure and overall tree health. Read more
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Vineland researchers develop new propagation trays
Jul 14, 2016
Hortidaily.com Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) is revolutionizing propagation systems for the nursery sector through a tray design supporting superior tree root growth. Read more
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Consumers share insight into flavour
Jul 7, 2016
The Grower By Karen Davidson The Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers have ‘skin in the game’ when it comes to Vineland’s new research greenhouse. The association is funding significant dollars to differentiate the flavour of Ontario greenhouse-grown tomatoes-on-the-vine from other competitors. The goal is to breed two flavourful, Ontario-adapted hybrids by 2020. Read more
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Asian eggplant: One of Ontario’s newest local foods
Jun 28, 2016
AgInnovation Ontario By Lilian Schaer Chinese long and Indian round eggplant are one of Ontario’s newest locally grown vegetable crops, thanks to ongoing research at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. Some quantities of field-grown Canadian Asian eggplant are already available at retail stores in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec, but researchers at Vineland are also working on developing year-round greenhouse production of the veggies. Read more and watch video 
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New research greenhouse will be a powerhouse
Jun 27, 2016
The Grower By Karen Davidson The Vineland Research and Innovation Centre marked a new milestone on June 3, 2016 with the official opening of the Collaborative Greenhouse Technology Centre at Vineland Station, Ontario. The $10.4 million, state-of-the-art facility is the largest pre-commercial horticultural research greenhouse in North America. View the video
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Niagara’s tender fruit industry gets a boost
Jun 24, 2016
Niagara This Week Niagara tender fruit growers are getting some help this year, thanks to the Ontario Tender Fruit Growers and Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. Planting of more than 111,000 tender fruit trees on dozens of tender fruit farms began this spring. The pilot project worked closely with Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, which helped develop some of the varieties. Read more
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Eggplants and truffles in BC
Jun 23, 2016
Modern Agriculture By Ronda Payne Different types of eggplant have been making their way into grocery carts in increasing numbers as the ethnic makeup of Canadian residents has shifted through immigration. Immigrants are expecting familiar foods in their Canadian grocery stores says Dr. Viliam Zvalo, research scientist in vegetable production with Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. In 2007 he began studying crops that were becoming more mainstream to identify opportunities for farmers. Read more
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Highway of Heroes Tribute gets the green treatment of trees
Jun 11, 2016
The Belleville News, June 2, 2016 Next time you drive along the 401 by the Glenn Miller Road exit, be sure to take notice of some newly planted trees. Vineland Research and Innovation Centre lead researcher, Darby McGrath, has been developing updated planting protocols for the Ministry of Transportation and municipalities to use for planting highway right-of-way trees to give the trees a much greater chance to survive and thrive in the busy 401 area. Read more
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Let them eat eggplant
Jun 10, 2016
Produce Grower, June issue By Cassie Neiden This past February, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) announced that it would be investigating new eggplant varieties for greenhouse production. The Canadian project is housed under a larger initiative — called “Feeding Diversity: Bring World Crops to Market” — where Ontario growers are working with Vineland researchers to trial okra, along with Asian and Indian eggplant varieties. The goal is to assess agronomic performance, disease resistance, storage conditions and postharvest quality. Read more
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Greenhouse technology takes step ahead in Niagara
Jun 8, 2016
Distributed to seven Sun Media publications in the Niagara region, June 3, 2016 By Maryanne Firth More flavourful tomatoes, more profitable packaging and robotic harvesters are among the agricultural innovations being created in Vineland. The new collaborative greenhouse technology centre at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre was unveiled Friday. During the official opening of the facility, built to develop and commercialize innovative horticultural and greenhouse technologies, the provincial and federal governments announced respective $7.2-million and $5.76-million contributions to the project. Read more
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Breeding for consumer preferences
Jun 7, 2016
Good Fruit Grower, June issue By Peter Mitham A team of researchers at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is hoping to find the next stellar apple variety by matching the DNA fingerprints of consumer preferences with the genetics of thousands of seedlings in a test orchard overlooking Lake Ontario in Canada. Read more
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Ontario invests in Vineland Research and Innovation Centre
Jun 6, 2016
Food in Canada The Ontario government is investing $7.2 million in the newly opened Vineland Research and Innovation Centre to help drive innovative new research. Vineland’s Greenhouse Technology Complex features new technologies to support and modernize horticulture, including robotics and automation, and showcases state-of-the-art lighting and thermal systems. Research is expected to focus on plant breeding, and pest and disease control. Read more
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New greenhouse
May 17, 2016
Food in Canada By Lilian Schaer for AgInnovation Ontario The largest, most modern pre-commercial horticultural research greenhouse in North America is making its official debut on June 3. As part of the grand opening of the 40,000 square foot facility at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland), the public is invited for a tour of the greenhouse. Read more
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Symposium tackles Golden Horseshoe’s ag identity
May 10, 2016
Grimsby Lincoln News By Luke Edwards The Town of Lincoln and Niagara College hosted an agricultural symposium last week, inviting 90 people in the agricultural sector from across the Golden Horseshoe to talk about growing the food and farming cluster in the region. Answering questions from the audience were presenters Vineland Research and Innovation Centre CEO Jim Brandle, GHFFA executive director Janet Horner, Food and Beverage Ontario innovation program director Al Brezina, and OMAFRA regional economic development advisor Kim Reep.  Read more
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May 2, 2016
Greenhouse Canada, May issue By Melhem Sawaya Whitefly is proving to be one of the most difficult pests to control, mainly due to the lack of effective registered chemicals that can eradicate silverleaf whitefly. It is also due to the unwillingness of biological suppliers to bring Eretmocerus mundus back to the market – the only predator proven to be effective against this pest. With this in mind, Greenhouse Canada has decided to focus its annual Grower Day on whitefly issues. Two researchers from Vineland Research and Innovation Centre will be presenters at this event. Read more
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Biopesticides becoming more than just a niche product
May 1, 2016
Better Farming, May issue By Mike Beaudin Growers are all too familiar with the vicious cycle of pests that develop a genetic resistance to chemical applications. As soon as researchers and growers find a chemical that works, genetic systems adapt and the pests find a way to survive. Then the costly cycle starts all over again. The solution to ending this cycle lies in the use of biopesticides as part of an Integrated Pest Management program, says Dr. Anissa Poleatewich, a researcher and plant pathologist at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in the Niagara region. Read more
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Mastering greenhouse efficiency with robotics at Vineland
Apr 29, 2016
Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance Vineland’s Robotics & Automation team — comprised of 5 PhDs and 6 engineers who work closely with a biology team — is currently working on a wide spectrum of projects that will improve a number of efficiencies in the greenhouse, possibly changing the way we think of greenhouse growing and packaging. Read more
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Biopesticides examined for role in field production
Apr 28, 2016
The Grower, May issue By Karen Davidson While the greenhouse sector first excelled at incorporating biopesticides in controlled environments, the learnings are now being extended to field production. Berries are prime candidates for biopesticides in an integrated pest management system according to Anissa Poleatewich, research scientist, plant pathology, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland). Read more
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Vineland creating opportunities with okra
Apr 21, 2016
Freshplaza.com Coupled with growth in demand for local food and exotic vegetables, diversification can provide Ontario growers with profitable alternatives to conventional crops. As part of Vineland Research and Innovation Centre’s (Vineland) world crops research program, several okra varieties and production practices are being investigated. Read more
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High eggplant-ations on the farm
Apr 5, 2016
Distributed to three (3) Sun Media publications in the Niagara Region By Tiffany Mayer Viliam Zvalo, a research scientist at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, is testing Chinese and Indian eggplants to grow in Canadian greenhouses and feed Canada’s increasingly diverse population. Read more
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Pear-fection
Apr 5, 2016
Canadian Grocer, April/May 2016 Cover story by Rebecca Harris How a made-in-Canada pear came to market after 40 years of trial and error. Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, which holds the licence for Canada's indigenous pear, hopes to bring more attention to the category and put its new pear at the forefront of consumers' minds. Read more
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Asian eggplant shows promise in the field and in greenhouses
Apr 1, 2016
The Grower, April issue By Karen Davidson Don’t underestimate eggplant. With increasing immigration of Asians to Canada, this category is quietly growing with local production of Chinese long and Indian round varieties. The Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is studying both field and hydroponic production of eggplant with results that pique the interest of long-time growers Jason and Shirley Su. Read more
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Opportunities in okra, sweet potatoes
Mar 28, 2016
Fruit & Vegetable Magazine, April Issue By Tom Walker B.C. vegetable growers learn about okra and sweet potato production from a research scientist based in Ontario. If you are looking to diversify your crops, consider okra and sweet potatoes, says Viliam Zvalo, a research scientist in vegetable production with the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Ontario. Read more
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Les nouveaux arrivants
Mar 22, 2016
TV5-Unis, Garde-manger Vineland Research and Innovation Centre’s Dr. Michael Brownbridge discusses world crops research to breed local produce for ethnic consumers. This interview is timed from 21:26 to 24:50 and is in French. View the report
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An unseasonably warm winter causes concern for crops
Mar 16, 2016
CHCH TV By Phil Perkins An unseasonably warm winter has crops in Niagara region waking up a little early. Growers aren’t worried about the expected late-week chill. However, they are keeping their fingers crossed over the risk of the spring frost which can happen right up until Victoria Day. “Right now if we get blossom April 1st we extend that window by two weeks and -5 is still possible in mid-April and that’s a big concern,” said Michael Kauzlaric, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. Read more
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The glass is greener: Protected ag enjoys growth
Mar 10, 2016
The Packer By Jim Offner Greenhouse vegetable growers and shippers say their business sector has never enjoyed a period of more vigorous growth. “In my humble opinion, the greenhouse category is better than ever,” said Matt Mandel, vice president of operations for Rio Rico, Ariz.-based SunFed. Now, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, a Canadian research group is offering hints that the category will ride a wave of population growth to new areas and products. Read more
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Vineland Research programs moved to new greenhouse
Mar 7, 2016
Hortidaily.com In December last year, Vineland’s new Greenhouse Technology Centre welcomed its first research program, Canadian greenhouse tomatoes, with additional programs making the move throughout the first three months of 2016. On Friday June 3, the brand new research greenhouse will host an open house. Read more
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Growing the exotic eggplant market
Mar 2, 2016
Greenhouse Canada Magazine By Vineland Research and Innovation Centre With the highest per capita immigration rate in the world, Canada’s produce consumption is continually evolving. This is a market currently largely supplied by imports. A team at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) is investigating varieties with commercial potential for production in Canada to meet this growing consumer demand and replace imported produce with local. Read more
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New peaches show promise
Mar 1, 2016
Good Fruit Grower By Peter Mitham A reinvigorated industry is on the horizon for Canada’s Ontario stone fruit growers, three years after the formation of a committee that puts industry stakeholders in the field alongside the breeder in test plots. The committee officially formed as a partnership between the Ontario Tender Fruit Growers (OTFG), the University of Guelph, and the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, which now operates the Vineland research facility. Read more
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The future of cooking - Why your food will taste better in 2035
Feb 29, 2016
Epicurious.com By Mark Schatzker In the future, flavor will come from food. Because it actually doesn't right now. For the past two years, Vineland scientists have been analyzing apple varieties from its heirloom orchard. “When we look at the flavor map of apples,” says Vineland CEO Jim Brandle, “we see these big gaps—opportunities for apple deliciousness that haven’t been realized yet.”  Read more
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Vineland reports findings on commercial potential for eggplant varieties
Feb 26, 2016
Produce Grower A team at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) is investigating varieties with commercial potential for production in Canada to meet growing consumer demand for produce and replace imported produce with local, according to a press release from Vineland. Read more
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Vineland researchers promote sweet potato varieties
Feb 19, 2016
The Grower Karen Davidson, editor of The Grower is discussing a new sweet potato variety with Carly Flemming and Derek Pearson of Vineland Research & Innovation Centre at OFVC 2016. View the interview
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The Canadian experience
Feb 15, 2016
AHDB Grower, February 2016 issue Richard Binks The Canadian Greenhouse Conference this last fall brought together some of the latest thinking in crop protection and environmental management including Dr. Michael Brownbridge and Dr. David Liscombe. Read more
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Cross-breeding roses is a labour of love: Day
Feb 12, 2016
The Toronto Star By Sonia Day Finding the perfect new rose is no easy task. Dr. Daryl Somers and the team at Vineland Research Station are working on such a long-range project. Read more
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Canadian project aims for year-round ethnic eggplant production
Feb 5, 2016
Freshfruitportal.com If a Vineland Research and Innovation Centre project hits the right greenhouse yields, Chinese and Indian variety eggplants could become a predominantly local deal in Canada. Read more
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Growing the Chinese and Indian eggplant market
Jan 27, 2016
Greenhouse Canada With the highest per capita immigration rate in the world, Canada’s produce consumption is continually evolving. Based on Statistics Canada reported patterns of growth over the last five years, eggplant consumption – particularly exotic varieties not previously grown in Canada – is forecasted to increase 130 per cent by 2030 to 55 million kilograms. This is a market currently supplied by imports. A team at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) is investigating varieties with commercial potential for production in Canada to meet this growing consumer demand and replace imported produce with local. Read more
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New “made in Canada” pear now available in local grocery stores
Jan 26, 2016
AgInnovation Ontario By Kelly Daynard Quick: name a variety of pear available in your local grocery store. You might be able to come up with one or two but if you can’t go past that, you’re not alone. Research conducted by the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) in 2014 showed that the average Canadian doesn’t spend a lot of time thinking about pears when they’re grocery shopping. And unlike apples where names come more readily, consumers can rarely name pear varieties that they like.  Read more
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Identifying healthier trees for greener Ontario highways
Jan 5, 2016
AgInnovation Ontario By Lilian Schaer Trees and shrubs growing next to busy roads and highways need a special kind of resilience to thrive. To better understand how to create urban plantings that mimic natural systems when it comes to retaining moisture, root shading, and protection from environmental stresses, nursery and landscape experts at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre have designed two experimental test planting sites. Read more
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A successful start
Jan 4, 2016
Greenhouse Management By Dr. Rose Buitenhuis Successful biocontrol programs are dependent on a number of factors, but good quality natural enemies are fundamental. Production of biocontrol agents is a self-regulated industry and quality assessments by the end-users are important to provide producers with feedback and to maintain high quality products. Read more
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