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Canadian Project Aims for Year-Round Ethnic Eggplant Production
Feb 5, 2016

If a Vineland Research and Innovation Centre project hits the right greenhouse yields, Chinese and Indian variety eggplants could become a predominantly local deal in Canada. Read more

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Growing the Chinese and Indian Eggplant Market
Jan 27, 2016

Greenhouse Canada

With the highest per capita immigration rate in the world, Canada’s produce consumption is continually evolving. Based on Statistics Canada reported patterns of growth over the last five years, eggplant consumption – particularly exotic varieties not previously grown in Canada – is forecasted to increase 130 per cent by 2030 to 55 million kilograms. This is a market currently supplied by imports. A team at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) is investigating varieties with commercial potential for production in Canada to meet this growing consumer demand and replace imported produce with local. Read more

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New “Made in Canada” Pear Now Available in Local Grocery Stores
Jan 26, 2016

AgInnovation Ontario
By Kelly Daynard

Quick: name a variety of pear available in your local grocery store. You might be able to come up with one or two but if you can’t go past that, you’re not alone. Research conducted by the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) in 2014 showed that the average Canadian doesn’t spend a lot of time thinking about pears when they’re grocery shopping. And unlike apples where names come more readily, consumers can rarely name pear varieties that they like.  Read more

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Identifying Healthier Trees for Greener Ontario Highways
Jan 5, 2016

AgInnovation Ontario
By Lilian Schaer

Trees and shrubs growing next to busy roads and highways need a special kind of resilience to thrive. To better understand how to create urban plantings that mimic natural systems when it comes to retaining moisture, root shading, and protection from environmental stresses, nursery and landscape experts at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre have designed two experimental test planting sites. Read more

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A Successful Start
Jan 4, 2016

Greenhouse Management
By Dr. Rose Buitenhuis

Successful biocontrol programs are dependent on a number of factors, but good quality natural enemies are fundamental. Production of biocontrol agents is a self-regulated industry and quality assessments by the end-users are important to provide producers with feedback and to maintain high quality products. Read more

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Get Ready for the Cold Snap: Canada's First Branded Pear
Dec 14, 2015

Distributed to six Metrolandmedia publications
By Amanda Moore

When it comes to fruit branding, the apple is king. When it came time to market a new pear variety developed by researchers in Vineland, experts looked to the apple. "When it comes to apples, people have their favourites. But we found that with pears, it was more generic," said Amy Bowen, program leader for consumer insights at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. "We knew that to market this pear, we needed to make it something that consumers would ask for by name." Read more

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Made in Canada, You Say
Dec 8, 2015

Ontario Farmer
By Helen Lammers-Helps

Canada’s first branded pear was launched at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in November. The Cold Snap Pear’s biggest selling feature is that it has a longer storage life than other pears, says Dr. Amy Bowen, Leader of the Consumer Insights Research Program at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland). Read more

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One Sweet Project for Researchers in Niagara
Dec 4, 2015

The Toronto Star
By Sonia Day, Gardening

Vineland Research Station is working to develop a variety of sweet potato that can withstand our inhospitable growing climate. Read more

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Apple Breeding Program Embraces Innovation
Dec 3, 2015

Orchard & Vine online
By Ronda Payne

Apple growers will be happy to know more science has made its way to their crop of choice in the way of an innovative apple breeding program. Dr. Daryl Somers, director of applied genomics at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, notes it was a discussion with apple growers in Ontario about refreshing the mix of varieties that started the study in 2011. Read more

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Cold Snap Pear
Nov 21, 2015

TVCogeco - The Source
By Mark Bennett

The Vineland Research and Innovation Centre have partnered with the Vineland Growers' Co-operative Ltd. to create a new pear variety. Get acquainted with the Cold Snap Pear. Mark Bennett reports

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