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Evolution: still life in the pear category
Dec 5, 2016

The Grower, December 2016 issue
By Karen Davidson

The table is set for a new generation of pears. Several varieties such as AC Harrow Crisp, AC Harovin Bounty and Cold Snap have made their debuts in the last 20 years. But by 2022, there should be new Canadian pears available to consumers. HW623, was licensed to the Vineland Growers Co-operative in 2015 and first plantings are expected next year. HW624, which has red-blushed, medium-sized fruit and a high tolerance to both the bacterium that causes fire blight and the insect of pear psylla, is the most recent release from Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. Read more

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The next great apple
Nov 29, 2016

Urban Forestry Radio Show, Orchard People, Podcast, Nov. 29, 2016
By Susan Poizner

In this episode of The Urban Forestry Radio Show we’ll talk to Rob Wyles, a grower from Washington State who discovered  the bright red, round, sweet and crispy “Foxtrot apple” which he found growing on a tree on his farm. Later in the show we will talk with Daryl Somers of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Ontario about the science behind taste and apple breeding. Listen here

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Fresh and new
Nov 29, 2016

Fruit & Vegetable Magazine, November/December 2016
By Treena Hein

"Vineland is scouting the world for new fresh grape varieties suited to the Canadian climate with consumer appeal," says study lead Michael Kauzlaric technology scout and grower outreach at Vineland. “The goal is to replace a certain percentage of the imports, to extend the season for local fruit and provide different flavours produced locally for consumers.” Read more

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Apples in Canada
Nov 25, 2016

Timeline Magazine, November 16, 2016
By Kewpie Lam

Timeline Magazine investigates Canadian apple growing methods and new varieties available in Ontario. Vineland Research and Innovation Centre discusses breeding hybrid apples in search for the next great apple. View more (in Chinese)

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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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