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Vineland Researchers Developing Improved Propagation Trays
Jul 21, 2016

Niagara This Week
By Luke Edwards

A good start in life can go a long way in ensuring good health in the future. That’s just as true for tree as it is for people. And Vineland Research and Innovation Centre scientist Darby McGrath is leading a team to make sure young trees get off to the very best start in life they can. McGrath and her team are working on new propagation trays that they say improve root structure and overall tree health. Read more

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Vineland Researchers Develop New Propagation Trays
Jul 14, 2016

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) is revolutionizing propagation systems for the nursery sector through a tray design supporting superior tree root growth. Read more

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Consumers Share Insight into Flavour
Jul 7, 2016

The Grower
By Karen Davidson

The Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers have ‘skin in the game’ when it comes to Vineland’s new research greenhouse. The association is funding significant dollars to differentiate the flavour of Ontario greenhouse-grown tomatoes-on-the-vine from other competitors. The goal is to breed two flavourful, Ontario-adapted hybrids by 2020. Read more

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Asian Eggplant: One of Ontario’s Newest Local Foods
Jun 28, 2016

AgInnovation Ontario
By Lilian Schaer

Chinese long and Indian round eggplant are one of Ontario’s newest locally grown vegetable crops, thanks to ongoing research at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. Some quantities of field-grown Canadian Asian eggplant are already available at retail stores in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec, but researchers at Vineland are also working on developing year-round greenhouse production of the veggies. Read more and watch video 

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New Research Greenhouse Will Be a Powerhouse
Jun 27, 2016

The Grower
By Karen Davidson

The Vineland Research and Innovation Centre marked a new milestone on June 3, 2016 with the official opening of the Collaborative Greenhouse Technology Centre at Vineland Station, Ontario. The $10.4 million, state-of-the-art facility is the largest pre-commercial horticultural research greenhouse in North America. View the video

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Niagara’s Tender Fruit Industry Gets a Boost
Jun 24, 2016

Niagara This Week

Niagara tender fruit growers are getting some help this year, thanks to the Ontario Tender Fruit Growers and Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. Planting of more than 111,000 tender fruit trees on dozens of tender fruit farms began this spring. The pilot project worked closely with Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, which helped develop some of the varieties. Read more

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Eggplants and Truffles in BC
Jun 23, 2016

Modern Agriculture
By Ronda Payne

Different types of eggplant have been making their way into grocery carts in increasing numbers as the ethnic makeup of Canadian residents has shifted through immigration. Immigrants are expecting familiar foods in their Canadian grocery stores says Dr. Viliam Zvalo, research scientist in vegetable production with Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. In 2007 he began studying crops that were becoming more mainstream to identify opportunities for farmers. Read more

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Highway of Heroes Tribute Gets the Green Treatment of Trees
Jun 11, 2016

The Belleville News, June 2, 2016

Next time you drive along the 401 by the Glenn Miller Road exit, be sure to take notice of some newly planted trees. Vineland Research and Innovation Centre lead researcher, Darby McGrath, has been developing updated planting protocols for the Ministry of Transportation and municipalities to use for planting highway right-of-way trees to give the trees a much greater chance to survive and thrive in the busy 401 area. Read more

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Let Them Eat Eggplant
Jun 10, 2016

Produce Grower, June issue
By Cassie Neiden

This past February, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) announced that it would be investigating new eggplant varieties for greenhouse production. The Canadian project is housed under a larger initiative — called “Feeding Diversity: Bring World Crops to Market” — where Ontario growers are working with Vineland researchers to trial okra, along with Asian and Indian eggplant varieties. The goal is to assess agronomic performance, disease resistance, storage conditions and postharvest quality. Read more

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Greenhouse Technology Takes Step Ahead in Niagara
Jun 8, 2016

Distributed to seven Sun Media publications in the Niagara region, June 3, 2016
By Maryanne Firth

More flavourful tomatoes, more profitable packaging and robotic harvesters are among the agricultural innovations being created in Vineland. The new collaborative greenhouse technology centre at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre was unveiled Friday. During the official opening of the facility, built to develop and commercialize innovative horticultural and greenhouse technologies, the provincial and federal governments announced respective $7.2-million and $5.76-million contributions to the project. Read more

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