In The News

Mar 1, 2015

The Grower
By Karen Davidson

Waste not, want not. That simple proverb is at work today across horticulture. As two Ontario apple growers and one peach grower discovered last summer, time motion studies of harvest workers in their orchards revealed wide variances in efficiency. Read more

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Slices of Vineland research at Falls convention
Feb 19, 2015

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By Don Fraser

For years, the versatile sweet potato has been a savory alternative to the traditional golden fry. With this market expanding, new developments are underway in growing the varieties in Ontario. And this effort is among a number of projects being showcased by the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre at the annual Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls. Read more

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Feb 16, 2015

Produce Grower, Features – Production
By Chris Mosby

Understanding and utilizing biocontrols can be a terrifying process. Rose Buitenhuis, a research scientist at the Vineland Research and Innovation Center, has been studying the efficacy of biocontrols on ornamentals and food crops in greenhouses. Read more

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How do you like them genetically engineered, non-browning apples?
Feb 13, 2015

Maclean’s Magazine
By Dene Moore

For a brief period about five years ago, there were fewer homegrown apples for sale on Canadian grocery-store shelves than there were melons. The not-for-profit Vineland centre itself is working on identifying the molecular markers in apples related to characteristics such as sweetness, disease susceptibility and texture. Read more

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Feb 12, 2015

Grimsby Lincoln News
By Luke Edwards

The agri-food sector is second only to the automotive industry, as the largest in Ontario. And with the help of a new committee that includes two local representatives, it may soon take over the top spot. Norm Beal, president and CEO of Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery in Beamsville, and Jim Brandle, CEO of Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, have been named to the Agri-Food Growth Steering Committee.  Read more

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Feb 10, 2015

Ontario Farmer
By Alex Binkley

While hunger remains a global problem, the world's food supply is growing. Jim Brandle, CEO of Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, said his organization is building a one-acre greenhouse complex in the Niagara Peninsula to demonstrate the importance of technology to the future of food production. Read more

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Vineland Research and Innovation Centre: East Offers West Results
Feb 1, 2015

Modern Agriculture, February issue
By Ronda Payne

Growers and producers in the west know the unique climate this side of the Rockies poses its own challenges. So how is it that an Ontario-based organization is making strides to benefit western growers? It’s because of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre’s focus on what they call “real results”. Read more

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Innovation and opportunities shared at Halton Region Agricultural Forum
Jan 30, 2015

Milton Canadian Champion
By Melanie Hennessey

Developing products for niche markets could very well be the future of the local agricultural industry, according to experts in the field. The event — held at Milton's Country Heritage Park — brought together about three dozen people interested in the region's agricultural industry, including farmers, politicians and food processors. The evening kicked off with a presentation from Research Director Michael Brownbridge of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, located in Niagara's wine region. Read more

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In the Garden: Canada’s quest for super roses
Jan 22, 2015

The Vancouver Sun
By Steve Whysall

The goal is to breed a whole series of fantastic new roses that will thrive in the coldest regions. The breeding work is being done at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, outside St. Catharines, Ont., but top B.C. nurseries, such as Bylands in Kelowna and Van Belle in Abbotsford, are playing an important role as testing stations. Read more

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Jan 22, 2015
By Finbarr Toesland

The global mushroom market is not an industry that is well known for its widespread technological innovation. However, researchers from Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (VRIC) have been using automotive manufacturing technology to help create a new automated robot that picks mushrooms. Read more

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