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New greenhouse
May 17, 2016

Food in Canada
By Lilian Schaer for AgInnovation Ontario

The largest, most modern pre-commercial horticultural research greenhouse in North America is making its official debut on June 3. As part of the grand opening of the 40,000 square foot facility at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland), the public is invited for a tour of the greenhouse. Read more

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Symposium Tackles Golden Horseshoe’s Ag Identity
May 10, 2016

Grimsby Lincoln News
By Luke Edwards

The Town of Lincoln and Niagara College hosted an agricultural symposium last week, inviting 90 people in the agricultural sector from across the Golden Horseshoe to talk about growing the food and farming cluster in the region. Answering questions from the audience were presenters Vineland Research and Innovation Centre CEO Jim Brandle, GHFFA executive director Janet Horner, Food and Beverage Ontario innovation program director Al Brezina, and OMAFRA regional economic development advisor Kim Reep.  Read more

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May 2, 2016

Greenhouse Canada, May issue
By Melhem Sawaya

Whitefly is proving to be one of the most difficult pests to control, mainly due to the lack of effective registered chemicals that can eradicate silverleaf whitefly. It is also due to the unwillingness of biological suppliers to bring Eretmocerus mundus back to the market – the only predator proven to be effective against this pest. With this in mind, Greenhouse Canada has decided to focus its annual Grower Day on whitefly issues. Two researchers from Vineland Research and Innovation Centre will be presenters at this event. Read more

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Biopesticides Becoming More Than Just a Niche Product
May 1, 2016

Better Farming, May issue
By Mike Beaudin

Growers are all too familiar with the vicious cycle of pests that develop a genetic resistance to chemical applications. As soon as researchers and growers find a chemical that works, genetic systems adapt and the pests find a way to survive. Then the costly cycle starts all over again. The solution to ending this cycle lies in the use of biopesticides as part of an Integrated Pest Management program, says Dr. Anissa Poleatewich, a researcher and plant pathologist at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in the Niagara region. Read more

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Mastering Greenhouse Efficiency with Robotics at Vineland
Apr 29, 2016

Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance

Vineland’s Robotics & Automation team — comprised of 5 PhDs and 6 engineers who work closely with a biology team — is currently working on a wide spectrum of projects that will improve a number of efficiencies in the greenhouse, possibly changing the way we think of greenhouse growing and packaging. Read more

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Biopesticides Examined for Role in Field Production
Apr 28, 2016

The Grower, May issue
By Karen Davidson

While the greenhouse sector first excelled at incorporating biopesticides in controlled environments, the learnings are now being extended to field production. Berries are prime candidates for biopesticides in an integrated pest management system according to Anissa Poleatewich, research scientist, plant pathology, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland). Read more

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Vineland Creating Opportunities with Okra
Apr 21, 2016

Freshplaza.com

Coupled with growth in demand for local food and exotic vegetables, diversification can provide Ontario growers with profitable alternatives to conventional crops. As part of Vineland Research and Innovation Centre’s (Vineland) world crops research program, several okra varieties and production practices are being investigated. Read more

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High Eggplant-ations on the Farm
Apr 5, 2016

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By Tiffany Mayer

Viliam Zvalo, a research scientist at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, is testing Chinese and Indian eggplants to grow in Canadian greenhouses and feed Canada’s increasingly diverse population. Read more

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Pear-Fection
Apr 5, 2016

Canadian Grocer, April/May 2016
Cover story by Rebecca Harris

How a made-in-Canada pear came to market after 40 years of trial and error. Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, which holds the licence for Canada's indigenous pear, hopes to bring more attention to the category and put its new pear at the forefront of consumers' minds. Read more

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Asian Eggplant Shows Promise in the Field and in Greenhouses
Apr 1, 2016

The Grower, April issue
By Karen Davidson

Don’t underestimate eggplant. With increasing immigration of Asians to Canada, this category is quietly growing with local production of Chinese long and Indian round varieties. The Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is studying both field and hydroponic production of eggplant with results that pique the interest of long-time growers Jason and Shirley Su. Read more

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