News Archive: 02/2017

Making ethnic markets pay
Feb 21, 2017
Country Guide Magazine, February 14, 2017 By Lois Harris Edamame, okra, bitter melon, quinoa, Chinese long eggplant — all these are edible crops that you’d have had a hard time finding on the country’s store shelves 50 years ago, let alone growing in Canadian fields and greenhouses. They’re still crops that few Canadian farmers know about, and that even fewer have considered growing. But maybe that’s about to change. Today, three of the most promising new-to-Canada vegetables to come from the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre are okra, Chinese long eggplant and Indian round eggplant. Read more
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Vineland Research and Innovation Centre: The quest for diversity in Canadian-grown table grapes
Feb 17, 2017
Orchard & Vine Magazine, February 8, 2017 By Ronda Payne The quest for something other than Sovereign Coronation led researchers at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre to connect with others in the industry to explore more options in Canadian-grown table grapes. Read more
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Canada’s own hybrid pear could feed a growing appetite for the fruit and local produce
Feb 15, 2017
Financial Post, February 13, 2017 By Hollie Shaw Canadians love pears. Their consumption of the fruit continues to grow even though homegrown pear production has steadily declined for 40 years despite grocery retailers’ recent acceleration of "buy local" produce campaigns. Jim Brandle, chief executive of Ontario’s Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, hopes that will change with the advent of Cold Snap pears, a hybrid Canadian fruit more than four decades in the making. Read more
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The state of automation in horticulture
Feb 13, 2017
Greenhouse Management, February 2017 issue By Karen E. Varga Vineland Research and Innovation Centre’s researchers in Ontario have worked on many robotics and automation projects, from mushroom harvesting machines that can detect ripeness, to automated tulip planting technology to cucumber packaging machines. Greenhouse Management spent some time chatting with Dr. David Gholami, Research Scientist and Expert Systems Specialist at Vineland to get his perspective on automation in the horticulture industry and insights into his current research projects. Read more
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Study: Biological treatments in early production of tomatoes
Feb 9, 2017
Produce Grower, February 2017 issue By Cassie Neiden At Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Ontario, Plant Pathology Research Technician Travis Cranmer is working to analyze the efficacy of biopesticides against root diseases in hydroponic tomato production. The study’s findings were released at the Canadian Greenhouse Conference in Niagara Falls in October 2016. Cranmer shares some of his conclusions. Read more
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Unlocking the science of taste and the art of flavor
Feb 6, 2017
SeedWorld Magazine, February 1, 2017 By Julienne Isaacs Great taste is back on the agenda for fruit and vegetable breeders. People like tomatoes for their flavor and texture, says David Liscombe, a research scientist and biochemist at Ontario’s Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. But for too long, taste and other so-called "consumer traits" have been sidelined in favor of production traits when it comes to fruit and vegetable breeding. Liscombe aims to change that. Read more
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Defeating foxglove aphids
Feb 2, 2017
Greenhouse Management, January 2017 issue By Karen E. Varga The foxglove aphid is a pervasive greenhouse pest in ornamental and vegetable crops, infesting a high number of varieties throughout the year. Dr. Michelangelo La Spina, a research associate at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is designing experiments that will help growers to better understand and manage foxglove aphid populations, especially with biocontrol agents. Read more
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