News Archive: 2018

Game-Changing Solutions for Agriculture
Dec 21, 2018
Insert in National Post - a sponsored feature by MEDIAPLANET, December 20, 2018 By Elaine Corbett and Ted Kristonis Climate change, rising costs, increasing global competition, and international trade deals such as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement , demand innovation to help make Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector more efficient and competitive. With the support of Ontario Genomics, work is underway at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre to address these challenges. Read more
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Help wanted!
Dec 14, 2018
Greenhouse Canada, December 2018 issue By Dr. Michael Brownbridge and Dr. Rose Buitenhuis With the global movement of plant material, a changing climate and resistance among pest populations, is it time we brought in new biocontrol agents? Read more
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Best practices for healthy trees
Dec 6, 2018 Vineland has been identifying methods and creating new technologies to help tree propagators grow seedlings with better root quality. Read more
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Greenhouse funding announcement
Nov 27, 2018
YourTV Niagara The Vineland Research and Innovation Centre welcomed Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay to their Greenhouse Facility today. Minister MacAulay announced a 5 million dollar investment to boost Canada's greenhouse sector. Brenda Schultz reports.
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Vineland researchers search for the perfect match of apple varieties to meet Ontario consumers’ cider preferences
Nov 22, 2018
Better Farming, November 22, 2018 By Jim Algie Hard cider taste tests at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre show clear consumer preference for sweet fruity flavours over drier tannic ones, said Dr. Amy Bowen, research director of consumer insights at the centre.  Read more
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All the right ways to apply microbial biopesticides
Nov 19, 2018
Greenhouse Canada By Dr. Michael Brownbridge Vineland's research team has investigated how application methods of microbial biopesticides affect viability and coverage as part of an integrated pest management system. Read more
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Slipping into sweet potato production
Nov 12, 2018
Greenhouse Canada By Vineland Research and Innovation Centre February tends to be a slow time at Roelands Plant Farms Inc. But not this year. Roelands was tasked with propagating sweet potato slips to trial Vineland’s made-in-Canada variety of the popular storage vegetable on about 25 Canadian farms this year. Read more
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Watch an entire greenhouse tomato harvest in under two minutes
Nov 8, 2018, October 29, 2018 In partnership with the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers, Vineland is developing new Tomato on the Vine hybrids for market launch in 2021. In this video shot at Vineland's Collaborative Greenhouse Technology Centre, you can check out an entire greenhouse tomato harvest in under two minutes. Read more
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New table grape varieties for Ontario could diversify market
Nov 5, 2018
Farmtario By Lilian Schaer Driven by demand primarily from farmers, the Ontario Fresh Grape Growers’ Marketing Board and Vineland teamed up four years ago to find new table grape varieties for the Ontario market. Read more
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Biocontrol big for flower growers
Oct 29, 2018 By Vineland Research and Innovation Centre More greenhouse growers are buying into biocontrol thanks largely to the work of a team of Vineland researchers. Read more
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New sweet potato variety shines
Oct 24, 2018
Spudsmart By Marc Zienkiewicz Ready for commercial release in 2019 is Radiance, Vineland's new sweet potato variety developed in Canada to suit the country’s growing season and conditions. The variety is currently being trialed from coast-to-coast, and should be appearing in Canadian grocery stores next year. Read more
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Testing, Testing, TOV
Oct 19, 2018, October 11, 2018 Travis Banks who oversees Vineland’s program to enhance flavour and production traits in greenhouse tomatoes is feeling the pressure of a deadline as the target date nears to bring a new, tastier hybrid tomato-on-the-vine (TOV) to market by 2022. Read more
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People in produce
Oct 16, 2018
Produce Grower, Cover story, October 2018 issue By Douglas Guth The produce industry relies on exceptional people to advance the processes of growing food, improving it and getting it to consumers' plates. In this month’s cover story, meet Vineland's Dr. Amy Bowen one of seven leading People in Produce. Read more
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Rediscover the passion for roses!
Oct 2, 2018
Local Gardener, Harvesting 2018 issue By Rob Van Zanten Specially bred hardy roses for the Canadian climate, Vineland's 49th Parallel collection features Chinook (above), which will be released next year, and Canadian Shield (right), which is already available. Read more
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Edible flowers are a blooming food trend
Sep 18, 2018
The Toronto Star, September 14, 2018 By Mark Cullen and Ben Cullen, Special to the Star According to Whole Foods Market, edible flowers are the No. 1 consumer food trend for 2018. Researcher Alexandra Grygorczyk, at Vineland is studying the consumer preferences behind this trend. Read more
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Roundtable business road trip round#2 (Debbie Zimmerman, Dr. Jim Brandle)
Sep 14, 2018
610 CKTB, September 14, 2018 Niagara In the Morning with Tim Denis Vineland's Jim Brandle and Grape Growers of Ontario's Debbie Zimmerman discuss agriculture in Niagara as part of a business road trip roundtable. Listen here
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Biopesticides and biostimulants: friends with benefits
Sep 4, 2018
The Grower, September 2018 issue By Karen Davidson Four years ago, Vineland’s researchers started to look at bioinoculants. “We’re only just beginning to understand how to reduce the susceptibility of plants to pests and disease,” says Vineland's Dr. Michael Brownbridge. “That requires a total change of thinking in terms of how to integrate these biological materials into IPM systems.” Read more
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Filling a funding ‘GAPP’ at Vineland Research
Aug 17, 2018
Niagara This Week By Luke Edwards, Grimsby Lincoln News Federal Minister of Science and Sport Kirsty Duncan announces $6.7 million in federal funding for seven genomic research studies including a joint project between Vineland Research and Innovation Centre and the University of Toronto. Read more
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#NAPB2018: Here’s what’s new in sweet potatoes and tomatoes
Aug 15, 2018
SeedWorld, August 7, 2018 By Marc Zienkiewicz Marc Zienkiewicz reports live at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre during the National Association of Plant Breeders Annual Meeting. More here
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Vineland unveils new sweet potato, resistant rose
Aug 10, 2018
Ontario Farmer, August 7, 2018 By Lilian Schaer The annual 'What's Growing On?' open house showcased two Vineland innovations that will be hitting the market in 2019: Radiance, a made-for-Canada sweet potato variety, and Chinook Sunrise, a new rose that will be part of the 49th Parallel Canadian rose collection. Read more
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Dr. Alexandra Grygorczyk - Vineland Research and Innovation Centre unleashing edible flowers
Aug 8, 2018
CKTB, August 5, 2018 Matt Holmes Niagara In the Morning Weekend Edition Vineland's Alexandra Grygorczyk discusses her edible flowers research. Listen here
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In search of the perfect tomato for Ontario
Jul 30, 2018
Greenhouse Canada, August 2018 issue By Greta Chiu Vineland Research and Innovation Centre opened the doors to its award-winning greenhouse technology centre in May, sharing a glimpse of their research on tomatoes. This comprehensive research program aims to develop a high-yielding, yet flavourful tomato for Ontario. Read more
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Vineland Research & Innovation Centre
Jul 27, 2018
YourTV Niagara   Mike Balsom visits the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre to learn about the Chinook SunriseTM Rose as well as the Sweet Potato breeding program. View here
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Cindy's story
Jul 13, 2018
Niagara Canada, July 5, 2018 Niagara Canada tells Cindy's Niagara story. View here 
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EATING NIAGARA: Pretty delicious, the power of edible flowers
Jul 11, 2018
Distributed to three (3) Metroland Media publications in the Niagara Region By Tiffany Mayer, Special to The St. Catharines Standard Beamsville's Freeman Herbs is gearing up to supply grocery stores with edible flowers similar to their potted herbs that are fixtures in produce sections. The greenhouse grower recently enlisted the help of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre to determine the power of edible flowers with consumers. Read more
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Dipping with biopesticides
Jul 4, 2018
GrowerTalks By Michael Brownbridge Vineland's second article in a four-part series discusses an early intervention technique to enhance biocontrol success for poinsettias. Read more
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In The Garden: They promised us a rose garden
Jun 29, 2018
The Record By David Hobson Despite the best efforts of the Royal Botanical Gardens, in recent years the roses in the Centennial Rose Garden were suffering. The complete rose garden had to go. Then it was time for 3,300 new hardy roses to be planted. One in particular, Vineland's 49th Parallel Collection Canadian Shield, is prominently displayed and deservedly so. Read more
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Stop thrips from hiding in your greenhouse
Jun 27, 2018
Greenhouse Grower By Rose Buitenhuis Biocontrol programs against thrips start early in the crop cycle. Despite propagators’ best efforts, small numbers of pests may be hiding on cuttings, especially pests with widespread resistance to most conventional insecticides. Vineland discusses its research on dipping techniques against thrips. Read more
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Producing local flowers to meet a growing floral flavours food trend
Jun 25, 2018
AgInnovation Ontario By Lilian Schaer Flowers don’t usually spring to mind when Ontarians think of locally grown food, but that could soon be changing. Researchers at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre have teamed up with Freeman Herbs of Beamsville to look into what consumers prefer when it comes to edible flowers. Read more
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Northern exposure
Jun 18, 2018
Good Fruit Grower, June 2018 issue By Kate Prengaman A few years ago, researchers at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Ontario discovered more than a dozen promising apricot selections and put them back on track for commercialization in partnership with Brandt’s Fruit Trees. Read more
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A new tomato for Ontario
Jun 12, 2018
Farmtario By John Greig A large project at Vineland aims to create on-the-vine greenhouse tomatoes optimized for Ontario growing conditions and consumers. Read more
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Discovering the tastes for cider
Jun 11, 2018
Orchard & Vine Magazine, Summer 2018 issue By Ronda Payne Amy Bowen, research director of consumer insights with Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, assembled a team from the industry to create a cider research and innovation strategy in 2016. This strategy is now being acted on to determine how to better satisfy consumers within the growing cider marketplace. Read more
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How to outfox foxglove aphids in the greenhouse
Jun 4, 2018
Greenhouse Grower By Ashley Summerfield, Michelangelo La Spina, and Rose Buitenhuis In spite of a growing adoption of biocontrol in Canada, aphids are often treated primarily with chemical pesticides because of a belief that biological control isn’t effective. Based on the conclusions drawn from three years of greenhouse and laboratory experiments, Vineland optimized an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategy that will maintain aphid populations below a safe level. Read more
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Ontario research leads to more sustainable lawns
May 30, 2018
AgInnovation Ontario By Tiffany Mayer Michael Brownbridge, the research director of horticultural production systems at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, has come up with ways to keep the grass greener — and pest-free — on all sides of the fence. Read more
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Greenhouse tomatoes
May 22, 2018
YourTV, May 16, 2018 A look at the Vineland Research & Innovation Centre's Greenhouse Tomato Research. View more
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Agri-business in Niagara
May 18, 2018
Niagara Canada, May 18, 2018 Niagara Canada tells the Agri-business in Niagara story. View here
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Canadian Shield first in new series of easy-to-grow roses
May 14, 2018
Garden Making Magazine Canadian Shield, a vivid red landscape rose with glossy green foliage, is the first in a new series of easy-to-grow roses called the 49th Parallel Collection. Garden Making asked Amy Bowen, Research Director of Vineland, to tell us more about Canadian Shield along with upcoming roses in the collection gardeners can look forward to. Read more
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Finding the right niche
May 10, 2018
Country Guide Magazine By Jordan Whitehouse Between 2007 and 2012, Canadians doubled their sweet potato consumption. The rate of growth has somewhat tailed off in more recent years, but the numbers continue to rise overall. Dr. Valerio Primomo, a vegetable breeding research scientist at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Ontario’s Niagara region is breeding varieties with an eye to producing a shorter-season crop that can still score high with retailers. Read more
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A sweet option for local potato farmers
May 4, 2018
Niagara This Week By Luke Edwards, Grimsby Lincoln News After years of work, scientists at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre think they have a sweet potato variety that ticks off all the boxes to be successful in Ontario. Read more
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Mixed planters, mixed preferences
May 1, 2018
Greenhouse Canada, May 2018 issue By Amy Jenkins, Dr. Alexandra Grygorczyk, Dr. Amy Bowen and Rodger Tschanz What makes consumers choose certain pre-mixed planters over others? Contrasts in colour and texture seem to be key. Read more
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Growing Asian flowers for Ontario markets
Apr 25, 2018
2017-2018 Agri-Food Yearbook Edition By Marika Li Flowers are important in cultural and daily activities for many Asian immigrants, including South Asians, who by 2050 will make up one-third of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) population. Alexandra Grygorczyk, a researcher at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Vineland, Ont., and a U of G adjunct professor, leads a research team that is helping to bring Jasmine sambac to Canada. Read more
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Decision-making tool takes guesswork out of new crops
Apr 19, 2018
Ontario Farmer, April 17, 2018 By Lilian Schaer Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) has just launched a new microsite to help grow­ers evaluate whether certain new horticulture crop types could be a fit for their farming businesses. Read more
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Deep dives on the five senses
Apr 11, 2018
Niagara Life Magazine, Spring 2018 By Luke Edwards Vineland Research and Innovation Centre's Consumer Insights program go in depth on what consumers prefer, and why. Read more
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Ontario growers researching possibility of new table grape variety
Apr 9, 2018 By Rebecca D Dumais Ontario could soon be seeing a new table grape variety with availability extending into Canada’s Thanksgiving holiday, something growers feel is much needed. In 2014, six imported table grape vines were planted by Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, prompted by industry interest in finding new grapes from around the world and bringing them to Ontario to see how well they fair in the local climate. Read more
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New world crops online resource now available
Apr 6, 2018 Thanks to the newly launched microsite, growers can now better evaluate whether world crops fit their business plan. They can also manage risks through proven agronomic practices for Canada’s growing season. Read more
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Rose bushes can be team players in your all-star garden
Mar 26, 2018
The Toronto Star By Mark Cullen, Special to the Star and Ben Cullen No longer is a rose bush part of a collection but are now part of a greater whole, integrated into landscapes that serve many purposes. Canadian Shield, a new introduction from Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is a great new rose bush. A shrub rose, it matures to 125-centimetres high, has a soft, sweet fragrance and is extremely winter hardy. Read more
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Consumer preference work contributes to Ontario apple cider strategy
Mar 15, 2018
AgInnovation Ontario By Lisa McLean Ontario consumers are thirsty for more hard apple cider, and the province’s apple sector is poised to deliver. But first, researchers at Vineland are profiling consumer preference to be sure the industry serves up cider that hits the spot. Read more
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Top projects in the province honoured as Design Excellence finalists for the Ontario Association of Architects Awards
Mar 9, 2018
Ontario Association of Architects, March 5, 2018 The Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) is pleased to announce the finalists for the OAA Design Excellence Awards. This year’s 20 short-listed projects range from local Ontario homes to Ivy League university buildings in the U.S. to temples in Chile, each demonstrating unique best-in-class design. Vineland's Collaborative Greenhouse Technology Centre is among the finalists. Read more
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Plants’ negative emissions put Earth first
Mar 7, 2018
The Toronto Star, March 3, 2018 By Mark Cullen, Special to the Star and Ben Cullen Negative emissions are a good thing — for the environment and for your health. The answer is to plant the right tree in the right place to ensure it can live a long, healthy life. Thankfully, researchers at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre here in Ontario have launched Greening the Canadian Landscape Program ( Read more
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Gearing up for Prairie sweet potatoes
Mar 1, 2018
Fruit & Vegetable Magazine, March 2018 issue By Tom Walker Efforts to develop sweet potatoes into a commercial crop for Manitoba farmers are showing good progress at two locations in the province. Dr. Sajjad Rao at Assiniboine Community College and Tracy Shinners-Carnelley at Peak of the Market are conducting research trials on the popular root vegetable and are working with virus free slips from Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. Read more
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Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Convention
Feb 27, 2018
YourTV Niagara, February 21, 2018 By Norah-Jean Howard The 16th annual Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Convention is taking place at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls. Over 2000 people will attend the convention which features 250 exhibitors and guest speakers. Norah-Jean Howard reports.
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Agricultural research strives to leave tasteless tomatoes in the dust
Feb 23, 2018
The Toronto Star By Sonia Day, Special to the Star Scientists at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Niagara are on the hunt for the ‘perfect grocery store tomato’ — but it could take a few more years, Sonia Day writes. Read more
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New stone fruit varieties coming to commercial growers
Feb 14, 2018
Orchard & Vine Magazine By Ronda Payne Seven new varieties of peaches, nectarines and plums could be hitting the market soon, thanks to an expedited process for testing. Through the work of the University of Guelph, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), Vineland Research and Innovation Centre and a new approach by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), varieties will make it through the process in about half the time according to Michael Kauzlaric, technology scout and grower outreach with Vineland. Read more
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Getting to the core of the apple cider craze
Jan 22, 2018
Niagara This Week, January 19, 2018 By Luke Edwards As hard ciders become more popular, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre's Consumer Insights department has been studying what consumers are looking for in a cider. The research will help producers cater to preferences to create award winning ciders and also provide information for apple growers on which varieties they should produce. Read more
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Propagation system prevents root girdling
Jan 15, 2018
Greenhouse Canada RootSmart is an evidence-based propagation system that promotes an ideal root structure by preventing root girdling at the propagation stage. “RootSmart was co-designed with growers, for growers,” says Dr. Darby McGrath, Research Scientist at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. Read more
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Preference-lead research brings consumers into the lab
Jan 4, 2018
Ontario Farmer, January 2, 2018 By Lilian Schaer Consumer intelligence is put to work for horticulture in a sensory lab at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre through tastings, online testing and focus groups. Read more
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New table grape varieties on the way
Jan 2, 2018
The Grower, January 2018 issue New Canadian fresh grape varieties will expand growers’ offerings and fill up shelf space with flavour profiles that meet market demand. The Consumer Insights team at Vineland is working to ensure the new varieties are exactly what consumers are looking for. Read more
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