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Breeding ‘local’ apples for multiple micro-climates
May 6, 2019

The Grower, May 2019 issue
By Karen Davidson

As part of a new Canadian Apple Breeding Consortium, Canadian researchers including Vineland's Dr. Daryl Somers are pursuing several apple varieties that might work in different areas of the country. Read more

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Canadian Shield roses taking hold nicely
Apr 30, 2019

Garden Making
By Heather White

In spring 2017, Vineland’s new Canadian Shield roses were planted in gardens across the country to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.  This extremely hardy, disease-resistant repeat bloomer with vivid red blooms and glossy green foliage had been in development for several years, and the timing of its release couldn’t have been better. But beyond the fanfare, as the gardening world quietly slipped into its routine maintenance tasks, how has the iconic rose settled into the landscape? Read more

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Improving soil for success
Apr 25, 2019

Landscape Trades, April 2019 issue
By Dr. Darby McGrath

Vineland's Greening Canada's Highways tree planting research update. Read more

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Growing to new heights
Apr 23, 2019

Better Farming, April 2019 issue
By Lauren Arva

"Vertical farming is very high-intensity farming and the speed at which the crops grow helps to limit the window for disease and insect pressures," says Dr. Michael Brownbridge, Vineland. The increased yields of indoor farms are an additional advantage. Read more

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Roses to inspire our sense of place
Apr 17, 2019

Garden Making
By Heather White

Chinook Sunrise, a shrub-type rose, is the second release in a series of roses called Vineland’s 49th Parallel Collection. Its blooms are described as a delicious kaleidoscope of shades, from deep coral to pale pink. Read more

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How will gene-editing reach the farm?
Apr 2, 2019

Farmtario
By Matt McIntosh

Biotechnology experts met in Toronto to discuss how Canada’s regulatory system could better enable the safe commercialization of gene-edited plants and animals. Because of the investment exodus occurring in Europe, Michael Pautler, head of genomic services at Platform Genetics Inc., a sub-company of Vineland, says European Union companies looking for new horticultural crops have been increasingly working with Vineland. Read more 

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Biocontrol thriving in Canadian floriculture greenhouses
Mar 27, 2019

Greenhouse Canada, March/April 2019 issue
By Ashley Summerfield

Vineland's most recent survey of Canadian greenhouse growers found a growth in the number of biocontrol users and the extent of biocontrol use. Read more

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To water or not to water, ask the computer
Mar 20, 2019

Greenhouse Canada, March/April 2019 issue
By Greta Chiu

Sunrise Greenhouses has collaborated on an artificial intelligence-based smart irrigation project at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre that allows for predictive modelling of smart irrigation in potted crops. Read more

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Niagara researcher breeds sweet potato designed to grow in the Canadian climate
Mar 14, 2019

CBC.ca
The Canadian Press

Valerio Primomo, a research scientist and vegetable breeder at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, has developed "Radiance," a variety of sweet potato with a shorter growing season. Read more

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It's a long journey to develop a new Ontario apple
Mar 8, 2019

Norfolk Farms, Spring 2019

Vineland's Dr. Daryl Somers has bitten into a tasty but lengthy project as he develops a new apple for Ontario. He figures it will take 15 or 20 years before it will be ready for the fresh apple market. Read more

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