Latest Reports and Publications

Cider research and innovation strategy
June, 2016


  • State of the industry
  • Key challenges and opportunities
  • Projected demand
  • What does success look like?
  • How can research and innovation drive growth in the cider industry?
Ontario horticulture research priority report 2016
May, 2016


  • Edible horticulture
  • Ornamental horticulture
Growing Forward 2 annual report 2015-2016
April, 2016


  • Performance measures 2015-16
  • Partnerships and collaboration
  • Applied research and innovation activities
  • Knowledge translation and transfer, outreach and communications activities
  • Commercialization
Achieving what's possible for Canada's agri-food sector
February, 2016

The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute presents Achieving What's Possible for Canada's Agri-Food Sector, part 3, final report of The Forum on Canada's Agri-Food Future 2015.

January, 2016

Biological Control, January 2016, 92(92-100).
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Western flower thrips (WFT) generally pupate in the soil. This laboratory study was designed to examine the compatibility of soil-dwelling predators with microbial biocontrol agents and assess their combined efficacy against pupating WFT, with a view to their integrated use. The following commercially available biocontrol agents were evaluated: a rove beetle, Dalotia coriaria (Kraatz); predatory mites, Stratiolaelaps scimitus (Womersley) and Gaeolaelaps gillespiei Beaulieu; entomopathogenic fungi, Metarhizium anisopliae (Metschnikoff) Sorokin (now classified as Metarhizium brunneum) strain F52 and Beauveria bassiana (Balsamo) GHA strain; and the nematode, Steinernema feltiae (Filipjev). Compatibility studies demonstrated mortality caused by the microbial agents ranging from 2.93% to 60.95% against the predators tested. In container studies, efficacy against WFT was significantly improved when the predators and fungi were combined, achieving >90% thrips mortality, compared to the treatments in which they were used separately. This was not observed with nematodes.