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Celebrate Canada's 150th with a Canadian Shield rose: Real Dirt
Mar 6, 2017

The Toronto Star, March 3, 2017
By Sonia Day, Gardening

Canada Blooms has picked a rose as its Flower of the Year for 2017, just when roses are coming back into fashion. Canadian Shield is a luscious new red rose from Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. Read more

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Ontario greenhouses move toward automation
Mar 3, 2017

The Packer, March 2, 2017
By Cynthia David

Mucci Farms’ Kingsville, Ontario, greenhouse is part of the company’s increasing automation of its packing process. The company is expanding so rapidly and labor is so hard to find there will be plenty of other jobs available. Though Mucci imports its automated equipment from the Netherlands, they might just take a drive down the highway next time to see what manager Darren Ward and his commercialization team are up to at the eight-month-old Collaborative Research Technology Centre at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Vineland, Ontario. Read more

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Canada Blooms features new Canadian Shield rose
Feb 24, 2017

Garden Making, February 17, 2017

Canada Blooms helps celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017 with a distinctly Canadian flavour to the show, from the design of the displays to the plants being used. Centre of attention will be the new Canadian Shield rose developed by Vineland Research and Innovation Centre and Canada’s horticultural industry. Read more

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Making ethnic markets pay
Feb 21, 2017

Country Guide Magazine, February 14, 2017
By Lois Harris

Edamame, okra, bitter melon, quinoa, Chinese long eggplant — all these are edible crops that you’d have had a hard time finding on the country’s store shelves 50 years ago, let alone growing in Canadian fields and greenhouses. They’re still crops that few Canadian farmers know about, and that even fewer have considered growing. But maybe that’s about to change. Today, three of the most promising new-to-Canada vegetables to come from the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre are okra, Chinese long eggplant and Indian round eggplant. Read more

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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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