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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 (greeningcanadianlandscape.ca). 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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Positive results and continued research to grow okra in Canada
Dec 20, 2017

Freshplaza.com, December 19, 2017
By Rebecca D Dumais

Canadian farmers could soon be growing okra, thanks to researchers at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. They've been working with the vegetable for five years and results have been extremely positive. This could drastically change the need for Canada’s imports on the commodity; over six million kilograms of okra was imported into Canada in 2015. Read more 

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