New Market Opportunities: Driving Growth with New Plant Varieties

Developing new innovative plant varieties for commercial release that offset imported products and open new markets is essential to building a stronger Canadian horticulture sector. Researchers are working to develop and scout new apple cultivars with desirable production traits and consumer appeal that will help to recapture the domestic market and revitalize the industry. Researchers are also evaluating pear, peach, nectarine, plum, apricot and table grape varieties for Canadian production, and testing edible ornamentals for nursery production. Vineland has released a number of new peach and nectarine varieties through a licensing agreement with Adams County Nursery, and an exciting portfolio of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and University of Guelph developed tender fruit varieties are creating delicious choices for Canadians.

Funding Partners & Collaborators

Adams Country Nursery
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Brandt's Fruit Trees
Brock University
Canadian Agricultural Partnership
Canadian Fruit Tree Nursery Co-op
Canadian Nursery Landscape Association
Fresh Forward
Grindstone Creek Nursery
JC Bakker & Sons Wholesale Nurseries
Landscape Ontario
Ontario Apple Growers
Ontario Fresh Grape Growers
Ontario Tender Fruit Growers
Pépinière Dominique Savio
Raintree Nursery
Star Fruits
Stark Bro's
Stevia First Corporation
Summerland Varieties Corp.
Sunrise Greenhouses Ltd.
University of Arkansas
University of Guelph
Upper Canada Growers
Van Brenk Fruit Farms
Vineland Growers' Co-operative