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Worldly food takes root in Ontario
Sep 19, 2017

Special Report: World Crops, GT5, September 16, 2017
By Dick Snyder, Special to the Star

At Ontario’s Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, world crops have been a focus since the centre opened about 10 years ago. Amy Bowen leads a team looking deeply at consumer insights and market intelligence to inform research into the kinds of foods that have a potential local market and, importantly, have the ability to be grown in Ontario. Read more

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Local grape-drying system helps Canadian winemakers deal with cooler climate
Sep 12, 2017

AgInnovation Ontario
By Lilian Schaer

A made-in-Ontario grape-drying system is helping Niagara winemakers work with Canada’s shorter growing season and produce more premium wines in the process. Vineland Research and Innovation Centre adapted for use in Canada a centuries-old grape-drying tradition from Italy called Appassimento. Read more

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Fruit growers look to science for help
Sep 7, 2017

St. Catharines Standard, August 30, 2017
by Grant Lafleche

Researchers from the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre said seven varieties of peaches, nectarines and pears — developed as part of a three-year project with University of Guelph and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada — will soon be on grocery store shelves. Read more

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How to use non-crop plants
Sep 6, 2017

Greenhouse Canada, September 2017 issue
By Drs. Rose Buitenhuis and Michael Brownbridge

This is the fifth article in a six-part series providing practical information of an overall IPM program. Vineland investigates the role of non-crop plants for pest and disease management. These plants are not grown to sell, but only to create an environment that is detrimental to pests and diseases and/or beneficial to biological control agents.  Read more

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Not just for bugs
Sep 1, 2017

By Ashley Summerfield, Anissa Poleatewich, Rose Buitenhuis and Michael Brownbridge

The use of biological control has been steadily increasing in both ornamental and vegetable greenhouse crops. Since many disease-management programs rely on the use of preventative measures, the use of microbial biocontrol agents should be a natural fit. Why aren’t more growers using them? At Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, we’ve been putting biological products to the test. Read more

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La meilleure tomate au monde, parole de phytogénéticien
Aug 29, 2017

Lilian Schaer, AgInnovation Ontario

La serre du Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (près de St. Catharines) contient un plant de tomates «qui pourrait changer pour toujours l’expérience des consommateurs de tomates», selon l’équipe qui l’a conçu. Ce plant fait partie d’un programme de recherche auquel participe actuellement des phytogénéticiens, biochimistes et spécialistes de la consommation, qui cherche à créer une tomate de serre plus savoureuse. Continuez à lire

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I want it all
Aug 25, 2017

Greenhouse Canada's 2017 New Varieties
By Treena Hein

Anyone who’s shopped for plants this year has no doubt noticed the changes. Move over geraniums and pansies, it’s a whole new ballgame. Someone who knows a great deal about current consumer desires is Dr. Amy Bowen, consumer insights research program leader at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Vineland, Ontario. Read more

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A new greenhouse tomato for all to love
Aug 23, 2017

AgInnovation Ontario
By Lilian Schaer

There’s a plant inside the greenhouse at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) that could change the tomato eating experience forever. It is part of ongoing research by a Vineland team of plant breeders, biochemists and consumer specialists to discover a more flavourful greenhouse tomato. Read more

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Nectarines are the next big thing in Ontario fruit: The New Farm
Aug 21, 2017

By Owen Roberts, Special to the Star

Tregunno, a fruit farmer, says nectarines have come a long way. Being relatively small, nectarines didn’t have much curb appeal to consumers in grocery aisles. Researchers at the University of Guelph, the Vineland Research Innovation Centre and elsewhere worked to create nectarines that have a sweet taste, cold tolerance and — most important, from a consumers’ viewpoint — girth. Read more 

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A new propagation opportunity
Aug 15, 2017

Greenhouse Canada, August 2017 issue
By Lilian Schaer

Canada’s first sweet potato variety is expected for release next year. “Canadian sweet potato growers use U.S. propagators and breeding programs because we don’t have the infrastructure and varieties here,” said research scientist Viliam Zvalo of Vineland. "Our challenge is to figure out how we can produce them here so we can supply Canadian growers with quality slips at a reasonable price.” Read more

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