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Innovation in crop protection, from bees to robots
Mar 17, 2020

Fresh Thinking, Spring 2020
By Jeff Tribe

When it comes to innovation, the horticulture industry is willing to look both forward and backward for novel solutions to new challenges. Darren Ward from Vineland is studying robotics' horticultural expansion and believes that robotics are only scratching the surface of what they will ultimately do from a horticultural perspective. Read more

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What's behind the new apples hitting supermarket shelves?
Mar 11, 2020

CTV News, March 5, 2020
By Corey Baird, Sr. Multi-Media Journalist

Less than half of all apples sold in Ontario are grown in the province and Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in the Niagara Region is looking to capitalize on the public’s changing tastes. Read more

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Meet the new thrips on the block
Mar 4, 2020

Greenhouse Canada
By Dr. Sarah Jandricic, Ashley Summerfield, Dr. Rose Buitenhuis, Dr. Cynthia Scott-Dupree

Greenhouses aren’t just dealing with Western flower thrips anymore. Here’s how you can tell your thrips apart.  Read more

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How automated cucumber harvesting is becoming a reality
Feb 26, 2020

Greenhouse Grower
By Brian Sparks

With help from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada funding, Vineland’s robotics and automation team is working to develop an autonomous robot capable of harvesting cucumbers in a greenhouse environment. Read more

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A wealth of knowledge at industry’s fingertips
Feb 19, 2020

Niagara This Week
By Luke Edwards, Grimsby Lincoln News

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre's Consumer Insights program is offering its expertise to local business or organizations seeking help on new product lines or other product details. Read more

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AI’s product development potential
Feb 13, 2020

Food in Canada, January/February 2020 issue
By Jordan Whitehouse

Despite challenges, AI shows promise in food science. It is hoped that AI can help companies tap into the more nuanced reasons people gravitate to particular product, says Amy Bowen from Vineland. Read more

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Getting smart about greenhouse irrigation
Jan 10, 2020

Floraldaily.com

For Canada’s greenhouse operators, crop irrigation and finding experienced growers to manage it, are among their greatest challenges. To overcome this hurdle, Vineland’s robotics and automation team together with their European partner, LetsGrow, have been busy developing technologies to help greenhouse operators optimize how and when to water plants. Read more

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The Landscape Ontario podcast - Darby McGrath
Dec 4, 2019

The Landscape Ontario podcast, December 2, 2012

Ontario Tree Guide co-author Darby McGrath joins the podcast to discuss what's new in the updates guide. Listen here

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How Canada is taking greenhouse research to the next level
Nov 25, 2019

Greenhouse Grower
By Brian Sparks

Vineland released this month its 2019-2020 Vineland Innovation Report, which highlights some of the major areas of research taking place. The full version of the Vineland Innovation Report can be downloaded here, but here’s a sampling of some of the research efforts greenhouse growers need to know about. Read more

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An automated workforce to harvest Canada’s greenhouse cucumbers
Nov 19, 2019

Greenhouse Canada
By Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

Canadian cucumbers are a hot commodity. Amidst this strong production outlook, human labour are holding the industry back. With help from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada funding, Vineland’s robotics and automation team is working to develop an autonomous robot capable of harvesting cucumbers in a greenhouse environment. Read more

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