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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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New year, new plants
Jan 30, 2017

Winnipeg Free Press - Home Section, January 7, 2017
By Colleen Zacharias

This year, as our country celebrates its 150th birthday, it seems reasonable to predict that demand by homeowners for the new Canadian Shield rose could exceed supply. Named as the flower of the year by Canada Blooms, this made-in-Canada rose is the first of a series of roses called Vineland’s 49th Parallel Collection, marketed by Ontario’s Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Ontario. Read more

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Climate Watch Shorts: Farming in a changing climate
Jan 26, 2017

TVO, aired January 25, 2017
By Nam Kiwanuka

New discoveries from Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, located in Niagara, helps farmers deal with the changing climate. With longer, hotter summers come more frequent droughts and new kinds of pests. We look at how Vineland is helping farmers handle the changing climate. View more

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An important biological discovery
Jan 24, 2017

Greenhouse Management, January 2017 issue
By Chris Manning

It was by chance that Taro Saito, a research technician at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, found the mite that Vineland is currently studying as a potential breakthrough in biological control. Vineland’s research indicates that the mite could be a major asset for greenhouse growers in Canada and the U.S. The mite has a broader prey range than anything else currently in use. Read more

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Prevention and early intervention: the keys to biocontrol success in greenhouse crops
Jan 20, 2017

Greenhouse Grower, January 12, 2017
By Michael Brownbridge

Greenhouse crops (floral and vegetable) are affected by multiple interactive variables that can affect crop development, pest and disease incidence and development, and performance of beneficial species. Dr. Michael Brownbridge, Research Director at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre discusses biocontrol approaches to successful pest control in greenhouses. Read more

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