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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

Distributed to three (3) Sun Media publications in the Niagara Region
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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Opportunities in Okra, Sweet Potatoes
Mar 28, 2016

Fruit & Vegetable Magazine, April Issue
By Tom Walker

B.C. vegetable growers learn about okra and sweet potato production from a research scientist based in Ontario. If you are looking to diversify your crops, consider okra and sweet potatoes, says Viliam Zvalo, a research scientist in vegetable production with the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Ontario. Read more

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Les Nouveaux Arrivants
Mar 22, 2016

TV5-Unis, Garde-manger

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre’s Dr. Michael Brownbridge discusses world crops research to breed local produce for ethnic consumers. This interview is timed from 21:26 to 24:50 and is in French. View the report

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An Unseasonably Warm Winter Causes Concern for Crops
Mar 16, 2016

CHCH TV
By Phil Perkins

An unseasonably warm winter has crops in Niagara region waking up a little early. Growers aren’t worried about the expected late-week chill. However, they are keeping their fingers crossed over the risk of the spring frost which can happen right up until Victoria Day. “Right now if we get blossom April 1st we extend that window by two weeks and -5 is still possible in mid-April and that’s a big concern,” said Michael Kauzlaric, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. Read more

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The Glass is Greener: Protected Ag Enjoys Growth
Mar 10, 2016

The Packer
By Jim Offner

Greenhouse vegetable growers and shippers say their business sector has never enjoyed a period of more vigorous growth. “In my humble opinion, the greenhouse category is better than ever,” said Matt Mandel, vice president of operations for Rio Rico, Ariz.-based SunFed. Now, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, a Canadian research group is offering hints that the category will ride a wave of population growth to new areas and products. Read more

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