Latest Reports and Publications

March, 2018

Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, In Press, November 28, 2017
The article is available here at a cost.

Abstract: M. Brownbridge and R. Buitenhuis. Historically, greenhouse floriculture has relied on synthetic insecticides to meet its pest control needs. But, growers are increasingly faced with the loss or failure of synthetic chemical pesticides, declining access to new chemistries, stricter environmental/health and safety regulations, and the need to produce plants in a manner that meets the ‘sustainability’ demands of a consumer driven market. In Canada, reports of thrips resistance to spinosad (Success™) within 6–12 months of its registration prompted a radical change in pest management philosophy and approach. Faced with a lack of registered chemical alternatives, growers turned to biological control out of necessity. Biological control now forms the foundation for pest management programs in Canadian floriculture greenhouses. Success in a biocontrol program is rarely achieved through the use of a single agent, though. Rather, it is realized through the concurrent use of biological, cultural and other strategies within an integrated plant production system. Microbial insecticides can play a critical supporting role in biologically-based integrated pest management (IPM) programs. They have unique modes of action and are active against a range of challenging pests. As commercial microbial insecticides have come to market, research to generate efficacy data has assisted their registration in Canada, and the development and adaptation of integrated programs has promoted uptake by floriculture growers. This review documents some of the work done to integrate microbial insecticides into chrysanthemum and poinsettia production systems, outlines current use practices, and identifies opportunities to improve efficacy in Canadian floriculture crops.

February, 2018

This is the latest research update for Vineland's Greening the Canadian Landscape program.

November, 2017

Grâce à des chercheurs du Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, une nouvelle variété de l’un des légumes les plus sains, la patate douce, sera bientôt prête à être produite à grande échelle commerciale au Canada.

November, 2017

The nursery/landscape sector is recognized as being very labour intensive, with very little use of mechanization or automation. In this project, Vineland has undertaken a one-year study of the Ontario nursery sector from the perspective of Systems Thinking and Lean Manufacturing. The project is intended to produce outcomes that will help characterize the organizational facets of Ontario nursery producers, positive and negative, in order to find impactful nexus points for implementing system engineering approaches as well as any potential for mechanization.

October, 2017

Food Quality and Preference, Volume 62, December 2017, Pages 237-245
The article is available here at a cost.

Abstract: A. Grygorczyk, A. Jenkins, K. Deyman, A. J. Bowen and J. Turecek. Consumers are increasingly interested in the practices surrounding food production. Transparency has been identified as a key component of consumer trust building to earn social license for innovations in plant biotechnology. However, the increasing complexity of these technologies has made clear, that concise communication between experts and the public is a challenge. The present research applies appeal ratings and CATA (Check-all that-apply), supplemented with in-person interviews to verify comprehension, in order to refine wording around explanations of plant breeding tools. Appeal ratings and CATA were able to successfully distinguish preferred phrasings to improve the wording around food production processes. Based on the outcomes, recommendations are made to avoid technical jargon and plant anthropomorphisms, add back familiarity (for example with images of people or familiar processes) and address the fear of unintended consequences. This research is the first attempt to use appeal ratings and CATA to fine-tune message wording and demonstrates the utility of the protocol for use by consumer and sensory researchers to assist marketing teams with developing optimal product taglines or to aid PR and communications groups within their organizations.