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Niagara’s tender fruit industry gets a boost
Jun 24, 2016

Niagara This Week

Niagara tender fruit growers are getting some help this year, thanks to the Ontario Tender Fruit Growers and Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. Planting of more than 111,000 tender fruit trees on dozens of tender fruit farms began this spring. The pilot project worked closely with Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, which helped develop some of the varieties. Read more

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Eggplants and truffles in BC
Jun 23, 2016

Modern Agriculture
By Ronda Payne

Different types of eggplant have been making their way into grocery carts in increasing numbers as the ethnic makeup of Canadian residents has shifted through immigration. Immigrants are expecting familiar foods in their Canadian grocery stores says Dr. Viliam Zvalo, research scientist in vegetable production with Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. In 2007 he began studying crops that were becoming more mainstream to identify opportunities for farmers. Read more

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Highway of Heroes Tribute gets the green treatment of trees
Jun 11, 2016

The Belleville News, June 2, 2016

Next time you drive along the 401 by the Glenn Miller Road exit, be sure to take notice of some newly planted trees. Vineland Research and Innovation Centre lead researcher, Darby McGrath, has been developing updated planting protocols for the Ministry of Transportation and municipalities to use for planting highway right-of-way trees to give the trees a much greater chance to survive and thrive in the busy 401 area. Read more

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Let them eat eggplant
Jun 10, 2016

Produce Grower, June issue
By Cassie Neiden

This past February, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) announced that it would be investigating new eggplant varieties for greenhouse production. The Canadian project is housed under a larger initiative — called “Feeding Diversity: Bring World Crops to Market” — where Ontario growers are working with Vineland researchers to trial okra, along with Asian and Indian eggplant varieties. The goal is to assess agronomic performance, disease resistance, storage conditions and postharvest quality. Read more

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Greenhouse technology takes step ahead in Niagara
Jun 8, 2016

Distributed to seven Sun Media publications in the Niagara region, June 3, 2016
By Maryanne Firth

More flavourful tomatoes, more profitable packaging and robotic harvesters are among the agricultural innovations being created in Vineland. The new collaborative greenhouse technology centre at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre was unveiled Friday. During the official opening of the facility, built to develop and commercialize innovative horticultural and greenhouse technologies, the provincial and federal governments announced respective $7.2-million and $5.76-million contributions to the project. Read more

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Breeding for consumer preferences
Jun 7, 2016

Good Fruit Grower, June issue
By Peter Mitham

A team of researchers at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is hoping to find the next stellar apple variety by matching the DNA fingerprints of consumer preferences with the genetics of thousands of seedlings in a test orchard overlooking Lake Ontario in Canada. Read more

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Ontario invests in Vineland Research and Innovation Centre
Jun 6, 2016

Food in Canada

The Ontario government is investing $7.2 million in the newly opened Vineland Research and Innovation Centre to help drive innovative new research. Vineland’s Greenhouse Technology Complex features new technologies to support and modernize horticulture, including robotics and automation, and showcases state-of-the-art lighting and thermal systems. Research is expected to focus on plant breeding, and pest and disease control. Read more

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New greenhouse
May 17, 2016

Food in Canada
By Lilian Schaer for AgInnovation Ontario

The largest, most modern pre-commercial horticultural research greenhouse in North America is making its official debut on June 3. As part of the grand opening of the 40,000 square foot facility at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland), the public is invited for a tour of the greenhouse. Read more

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Symposium tackles Golden Horseshoe’s ag identity
May 10, 2016

Grimsby Lincoln News
By Luke Edwards

The Town of Lincoln and Niagara College hosted an agricultural symposium last week, inviting 90 people in the agricultural sector from across the Golden Horseshoe to talk about growing the food and farming cluster in the region. Answering questions from the audience were presenters Vineland Research and Innovation Centre CEO Jim Brandle, GHFFA executive director Janet Horner, Food and Beverage Ontario innovation program director Al Brezina, and OMAFRA regional economic development advisor Kim Reep.  Read more

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May 2, 2016

Greenhouse Canada, May issue
By Melhem Sawaya

Whitefly is proving to be one of the most difficult pests to control, mainly due to the lack of effective registered chemicals that can eradicate silverleaf whitefly. It is also due to the unwillingness of biological suppliers to bring Eretmocerus mundus back to the market – the only predator proven to be effective against this pest. With this in mind, Greenhouse Canada has decided to focus its annual Grower Day on whitefly issues. Two researchers from Vineland Research and Innovation Centre will be presenters at this event. Read more

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