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Cold Snap (TM) pears offer juicy fresh taste into the New Year
Nov 23, 2016

The Toronto Star
By Cynthia David, Special to the Star

Ontario growers are proudly packing a new late-season pear variety in bright blue bags and clamshells with whimsical graphics. This squat, roly-poly pear, the first bred in Canada, was released in 1972 under the name AC Harovin Sundown. As the first of 75,000 trees in Ontario and Nova Scotia came of age last year, growers searched for a catchier name. Cold Snap was born, with its own website, As part of the branding process, Consumer Insights Research program leader Amy Bowen conducted pear focus groups at Niagara’s Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. Read more

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In The Garden: Hot new plants in the pipeline for 2017
Nov 21, 2016

The Vancouver Sun
By Steve Whysall

Every year, nurseries select new plants to make available to gardeners in spring. Here’s a closer look at some of the best of new plants for the new year. Two new rose varieties — Cherry Lady and Canadian ShieldTM — will be offered next spring. Canadian ShieldTM is a scarlet, mildly scented, floribunda, bred at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Ontario. Read more

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Build a better pot, grow a better tree
Nov 9, 2016

Tree Service Canada, Fall 2016
By Pat Kerr

Challenges of planting trees along the Highway of Heroes project has led Vineland Research and Innovation Centre researchers to develop a better potting system to encourage optimum root development. Read more

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How technology is being incorporated to help growers adapt
Nov 7, 2016

Fresh Thinking, Fall 2016
By Suzy Thompson

What commercial horticulture in Canada is increasingly benefiting from is advanced technology that can perform the same tasks, as well or better, as manual labour has traditionally done. According to the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Niagara, ON, the majority of commercial horticulturalists’ operations are only moderately automated. They cite the high initial cost of automation and dearth of suitable equipment in Canada; however, a great part of Vineland’s research is focused on changing that. Read more

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The grape extension
Nov 4, 2016

Grimsby Lincoln News
By Luke Edwards

Move over coronation, a new grape may be crowned soon. Or, potentially, six new grape varieties. That’s if all continues to go well with work being done at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre where researchers are trying to develop new table grape varieties that will hopefully extend Canada’s table grape season and provide consumers with different tasting grapes. Read more

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Predatory mites and tasty tomatoes
Nov 3, 2016

Grimsby Lincoln News
By Alexandra Heck

Minister of Agriculture Lawrence MacAulay alongside Vance Badawey, MP for Niagara Centre announced that Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is receiving $920,000 for work on developing pest resistant and high yield tomato and apple varieties. Read more

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Ontario Premier listens to horticulture's concerns
Oct 31, 2016

The Grower, November 2016

On October 11, the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre hosted Ontario’s premier Kathleen Wynne for a facility tour and roundtable. Vineland’s CEO, Dr. Jim Brandle chaired the roundtable which included representatives from the horticulture industry. Read more

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Vineland aims to launch seedless grape varieties in 2018
Oct 26, 2016

Canada’s Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is currently evaluating numerous seedless grape varieties brought in from the U.S., in the hope of boosting local growers’ marketing window. Read more

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Highway of Heroes Living Tribute to mark first anniversary
Oct 22, 2016

The Toronto Star
By Mark Cullen, Green Spaces

About two years ago, a bunch of tree-loving people thought it would be a wonderful enhancement to the Highway of Heroes if it were planted with trees. The trees would clean the atmosphere, cool the environment, provide a more attractive drive down an otherwise ugly stretch of asphalt and create a living legacy to our war dead. The Highway of Heroes Living Tribute was born. Using the resources at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, best practices for planting on highway right of ways were determined. Read more

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Plantes indigènes et introduites dans les paysages urbains et naturels : interactions, avantages et performance
Oct 20, 2016

Québec Vert, Septembre 2016
Par Darby McGrath, Ph.D., Jason Henry et Ryan Munroe

L'origine des plantes est-elle le seul critère à considérer lors du choix des espèces à utiliser ? Une approche est d'évaluer la compatibilité des espèces avec les conditions des sites urbains et de faire des choix qui amélioreront les écosystèmes urbains. Continuer à lire

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