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Mighty mite, reared in Canada, could be a big help in protecting greenhouse produce
Jul 12, 2017

Financial Post, June 30, 2017
By Peter Kuitenbrouwer

This 'voracious predator', a type of mite being raised at Ontario's Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, doesn't need males to reproduce and has proved itself proficient in fighting infestations of insects like aphids. Read more

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The rise of microbes offers growers some important new IPM tools
Jul 7, 2017

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

This is the third article in a six-part series providing practical information of an overall IPM program. In nature, insects and mites are commonly infected and killed by naturally occurring micro-organisms and nematodes. Some of these organisms have lent themselves well to commercial development and today several microbial biocontrol agents are registered for pest and disease management in greenhouse crops. Read more

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Grant's Desi Achiever, A Bouquet of Roses for Canada's 150th
Jul 5, 2017

Desi News, July 2017 issue
By Shagorika Easwar

Canadian gardeners are celebrating Canada's 150th birthday with Canadian Shield, a new rose bred at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. ''It is a beautiful shrub rose. A recurrent bloomer - which means blooms all through summer if it gets full sun - with a light, subtle fragrance," says Dr Par­minderjit Sandhu, the research scien­tist who helped develop the rose. Read more

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Canada 150: Hunger for tomatoes turns Canada into greenhouse superpower
Jun 29, 2017

Financial Post
Story by Peter Kuitenbrouwer with photos and video by Laura Pedersen

It's a burgeoning empire under glass. Canadian farmers now earn more from greenhouse vegetables than from eggs or potatoes. Vineland Research and Innovation Centre has spent $10 million to build a one-acre test greenhouse, which opened last year. “Growing local food in the soil is a limited opportunity for food sovereignty in Canada,” said Jim Brandle, Vineland’s chief executive. “Greenhouse food is safe. Plus, during the winter, you are not bringing things 2,000 miles to Canada’s dinner tables.” Read more

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Local food is becoming more worldly and diverse: The New Farm
Jun 21, 2017

By Owen Roberts, Urban Cowboy

Consumers enjoy a cornucopia of great tasting food choices. But research suggests there’s an opportunity for more, driven mainly by food preferences of the country’s ethnically and culturally diverse population. Viliam Zvalo, a vegetable production researcher at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Vineland, Ont. and his research team are working with commercial-scale farmers and retailers to help develop and sell locally produced varieties of the world crops with the most potential to thrive in Canada. Read more

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It’s all in a name
Jun 19, 2017

Greenhouse Management, June 2017 issue
By Chris Manning

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre’s Dr. Alexandra Grygorczyk and other researchers are working to improve communications between the horticulture sector and consumers. Read more

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Okra, aubergines asiatiques et bok choy seront bientôt des légumes ontariens
Jun 15, 2017

ICI Radio-Canada
Un texte de Claudine Brulé

Le ministère de l'Agriculture veut augmenter la production locale d'« aliments du monde » en vue d'offrir aux Ontariens plus d'aliments qui reflètent leur diversité. Dans des serres et des champs de la région du Niagara, le docteur Viliam Zvalo, du centre de recherche Vineland, fait pousser des okras et des aubergines asiatiques pour découvrir les meilleures techniques, qu’il partage avec les agriculteurs. Continuez à lire

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Making appassimento accessible
Jun 14, 2017

Niagara This Week
By Luke Edwards

Niagara’s winemakers have a new tool at their disposal, thanks to the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre and Beamsville’s Central Fabricating. Calling it a Version 2 of a bigger system located at Vineland, Darren Ward, manager of business planning and commercialization said the new system makes appassimento more accessible for wineries in Niagara and beyond. Read more

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Back in (pear) business
Jun 12, 2017

Good Fruit Grower, June 2017 issue
By Kate Prengaman

Cold Snap is the marketing program for Harovin Sundown, a pear nearly 40 years in development by now-defunct Harrow breeding program at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s research station in Ontario. In 2010, the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre assumed the license for Harovin Sundown and began the process of commercializing it. Read more

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Tomato 2.0 - Breeding a better fruit
Jun 9, 2017

NUVO magazine, Summer 2017 issue
By Adrienne Matei

Why are grocery store tomatoes so uninspiring? Breeding good tomatoes is a challenge and that's what researchers David Liscombe and Amy Bowen, of Southern Ontario’s Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, do. Read more

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