News Archive: 2017

Positive results and continued research to grow okra in Canada
Dec 20, 2017
Freshplaza.com, December 19, 2017 By Rebecca D Dumais Canadian farmers could soon be growing okra, thanks to researchers at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. They've been working with the vegetable for five years and results have been extremely positive. This could drastically change the need for Canada’s imports on the commodity; over six million kilograms of okra was imported into Canada in 2015. Read more 
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Cutting dips reduce poinsettia problems
Dec 19, 2017
Greenhouse Canada, December 4, 2017 By Laura Feil, AAC With their red and white bracts, poinsettias are a Canadian Christmas favourite. When it comes to potted plants and flowers, consumers demand an aesthetically perfect crop, free of pests and blemishes. That led Flowers Canada (Ontario) to access funding from Growing Forward 2, for a project led by Dr. Rose Buitenhuis, of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, to provide growers with tools to respond to emerging pest issues. Read more
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The basis of trait development, on standby
Dec 6, 2017
Greenhouse Management, December 2017 issue By Patrick Williams If a breeder wants a different plant characteristic — and fast — they’re in luck. A new company, Platform Genetics has updated a century-old technique to evolve a plant with 21st century efficiency. Read more
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Raspberry future
Nov 30, 2017
The Grower By Karen Davidson For berry growers in Canada, it’s challenging to address the domestic market with strawberries, let alone expand it with raspberries and blackberries. Vineland Research and Innovation Centre hosted a meeting November 28 to explore how growers might take cues from Canadian grocers and how to work back through the value chain to the breeders to produce local varieties that will excite consumers. Read more
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Greenhouse gardens the way of the future
Nov 17, 2017
The Toronto Star By Sonia Day, Gardening What’s currently happening at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Niagara strikes me as pretty exciting. Crop experts there have developed three super-tough kinds of Asian eggplant that can cope well with our unpredictable weather and will thus be commercially viable for our farmers to grow. Read more
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Senator Harder awards exceptional citizens in Niagara Region
Nov 16, 2017
Senate GRO, November 13, 2017 As part of the Canada 150 celebrations, the Government Representative in the Senate is recognizing five leaders in the Niagara Region with medals for making their communities a better place to live. One of the recipient is Jim Brandle, CEO of Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. Read more
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Questions. Answered.
Nov 13, 2017
Kitchen Bliss By Diane Galambos Research. There was a time I found that to be a scary word. Turns out, I love research! So, it should come as no surprise that my recent visit to the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre was like a play date – my idea of fun! Read more
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Vineland Research Centre highlights latest greenhouse research in new report
Nov 3, 2017
Greenhouse Grower By Brian Sparks The Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Ontario, Canada, is a hotbed of new research in many segments of agriculture, including greenhouse production. Recently, it released its latest Innovations Report highlighting some of the major projects taking place. Read more
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Promising new Ontario tender fruit varieties identified
Oct 24, 2017
AgInnovation Ontario By Lilian Schaer Five new tender fruit varieties currently being tested at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre are showing promise and getting closer to becoming available on the marketplace. Read more
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A growing partnership
Oct 23, 2017
Belleville Intelligencer By Tim Miller Lower Trent Conservation and the Rotary Club of Trenton were joined by volunteers through the Highway of Heroes Living Tribute for the ‘Greening the Greenbelt’ Shoreline Habitat Project to plant 370 trees as well as 240 wildflowers along the shoreline of the Trent River. Lower Trent has partnered up with Highway of Heroes Living Tribute and, through them, have been working with the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre for soil testing and remediation work. Read more
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Vineland reflects on a decade of innovation
Oct 19, 2017
Hortidaily.com A decade ago, the CEO of Vineland Research and Innovation Centre was holding in his hands a proposal for renewal and reinvention mapping out an exciting future for the former Vineland Research Station. Today, he can take stock of remarkable accomplishments by a team of scientists, along with valued partners and collaborators, who make horticulture in Canada a sustainable industry. Read more
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Canadian Greenhouse Conference
Oct 18, 2017
YourTV Niagara, October 9, 2017 The Annual Canadian Greenhouse Conference took place recently at the  Scotiabank Convention Centre. Dylan Veenhof has more in this report.
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Le Canada en passe de devenir un producteur de légumes tropicaux
Oct 8, 2017
ICI Radio-Canada Un texte de Marine Lefèvre Quand on pense à des légumes tropicaux comme l'okra, l'aubergine ou l'amarante, le Canada n'est pas forcément le premier pays producteur qui vient à l'esprit. Pourtant depuis bientôt une dizaine d'années, la production d'aliments ethnoculturels y est en croissance continue. C’est en raison de cette croissance que le Centre de recherche et d’innovation Vineland a mis en place un programme pour trouver le moyen de produire ici des aliments importés. Continuez à lire
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Are pesticides compatible with biocontrol?
Oct 3, 2017
Greenhouse Canada, October 2017 issue By Graeme Murphy, Dr. Rose Buitenhuis, Dr. Michael Brownbridge This is the last article in a six-part series providing practical information of an overall IPM program. Imagine a pesticide that is effective against a wide range of pests, resistance doesn’t develop, is safe in terms of human health and the environment, and is completely compatible with all biocontrol agents. That’s a pipe dream but how about a pesticide that controls one or two pests and is compatible with a few biocontrol agents? Read more
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A more flavourful, locally-grown tomato on the vine is in the works
Oct 2, 2017
The Grower, October 2017 issue By Karen Davidson Turns out there’s more to breeding a more flavourful, locally-grown tomato-on-thevine (TOV) than meets the eye. David Liscombe, research scientist, biochemistry, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) is at midpoint of breeding a better greenhouse tomato for the entire industry. Read more
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Fuzzy divide: the rise of the nectarine
Sep 27, 2017
TVO By Jeyan Jeganathan The Agenda's Ontario Hubs reporter Jeyan Jeganathan looks at the next big fruit in Ontario, nectarines. More growers in Niagara are opting to grow nectarines in favour of their close relative, peaches. Not only are nectarines more profitable, but they're what consumers are demanding. View more
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Vineland Research tests table grape varieties on local growers, retailers
Sep 25, 2017
Niagara This Week, September 22, 2017 By Luke Edwards, Grimsby Lincoln News Vineland Research and Innovation Centre invited local grape growers, nursery operators, and retailers to test some of the six trials that researchers have been testing since 2014. The trials are aimed at introducing new varieties to the market that could provide different-tasting grapes and extend the season for grown-in-Ontario grapes. Read more
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Worldly food takes root in Ontario
Sep 19, 2017
Special Report: World Crops, GT5, September 16, 2017 By Dick Snyder, Special to the Star At Ontario’s Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, world crops have been a focus since the centre opened about 10 years ago. Amy Bowen leads a team looking deeply at consumer insights and market intelligence to inform research into the kinds of foods that have a potential local market and, importantly, have the ability to be grown in Ontario. Read more
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Local grape-drying system helps Canadian winemakers deal with cooler climate
Sep 12, 2017
AgInnovation Ontario By Lilian Schaer A made-in-Ontario grape-drying system is helping Niagara winemakers work with Canada’s shorter growing season and produce more premium wines in the process. Vineland Research and Innovation Centre adapted for use in Canada a centuries-old grape-drying tradition from Italy called Appassimento. Read more
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Fruit growers look to science for help
Sep 7, 2017
St. Catharines Standard, August 30, 2017 by Grant Lafleche Researchers from the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre said seven varieties of peaches, nectarines and pears — developed as part of a three-year project with University of Guelph and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada — will soon be on grocery store shelves. Read more
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How to use non-crop plants
Sep 6, 2017
Greenhouse Canada, September 2017 issue By Drs. Rose Buitenhuis and Michael Brownbridge This is the fifth article in a six-part series providing practical information of an overall IPM program. Vineland investigates the role of non-crop plants for pest and disease management. These plants are not grown to sell, but only to create an environment that is detrimental to pests and diseases and/or beneficial to biological control agents.  Read more
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Not just for bugs
Sep 1, 2017
GrowerTalks By Ashley Summerfield, Anissa Poleatewich, Rose Buitenhuis and Michael Brownbridge The use of biological control has been steadily increasing in both ornamental and vegetable greenhouse crops. Since many disease-management programs rely on the use of preventative measures, the use of microbial biocontrol agents should be a natural fit. Why aren’t more growers using them? At Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, we’ve been putting biological products to the test. Read more
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La meilleure tomate au monde, parole de phytogénéticien
Aug 29, 2017
L'Express Lilian Schaer, AgInnovation Ontario La serre du Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (près de St. Catharines) contient un plant de tomates «qui pourrait changer pour toujours l’expérience des consommateurs de tomates», selon l’équipe qui l’a conçu. Ce plant fait partie d’un programme de recherche auquel participe actuellement des phytogénéticiens, biochimistes et spécialistes de la consommation, qui cherche à créer une tomate de serre plus savoureuse. Continuez à lire
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I want it all
Aug 25, 2017
Greenhouse Canada's 2017 New Varieties By Treena Hein Anyone who’s shopped for plants this year has no doubt noticed the changes. Move over geraniums and pansies, it’s a whole new ballgame. Someone who knows a great deal about current consumer desires is Dr. Amy Bowen, consumer insights research program leader at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Vineland, Ontario. Read more
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A new greenhouse tomato for all to love
Aug 23, 2017
AgInnovation Ontario By Lilian Schaer There’s a plant inside the greenhouse at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) that could change the tomato eating experience forever. It is part of ongoing research by a Vineland team of plant breeders, biochemists and consumer specialists to discover a more flavourful greenhouse tomato. Read more
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Nectarines are the next big thing in Ontario fruit: The New Farm
Aug 21, 2017
By Owen Roberts, Special to the Star Tregunno, a fruit farmer, says nectarines have come a long way. Being relatively small, nectarines didn’t have much curb appeal to consumers in grocery aisles. Researchers at the University of Guelph, the Vineland Research Innovation Centre and elsewhere worked to create nectarines that have a sweet taste, cold tolerance and — most important, from a consumers’ viewpoint — girth. Read more 
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A new propagation opportunity
Aug 15, 2017
Greenhouse Canada, August 2017 issue By Lilian Schaer Canada’s first sweet potato variety is expected for release next year. “Canadian sweet potato growers use U.S. propagators and breeding programs because we don’t have the infrastructure and varieties here,” said research scientist Viliam Zvalo of Vineland. "Our challenge is to figure out how we can produce them here so we can supply Canadian growers with quality slips at a reasonable price.” Read more
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IPM update: 1001 ways to use predatory mites
Aug 9, 2017
Greenhouse Canada, August 2017 issue By Drs. Rose Buitenhuis and Michael Brownbridge This is the fourth article in a six-part series providing practical information of an overall IPM program. Commercially available predatory mites vary between specialist spider mite predators and generalist species that prey on a multitude of pests. Some also feed on plant sap, pollen or nectar. Some like plants with smooth leaf surfaces, others like their plants to be more hairy. Obviously, one mite does not fit all situations. Read more
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The perfect peach is just a few years away
Aug 8, 2017
The Toronto Star By Sonia Day, Gardening Mike Kauzlaric scours the world for peach trees that can be grown successfully in Canada. He’s part of a research team at Vineland in Niagara who test new kinds of fruits, vegetables and ornamental plants. Read more
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Dix ans d’innovation à Vineland
Aug 4, 2017
L'Express Lilian Schaer (AgInnovation Ontario) Il y a dix ans, le centre de recherche et d’innovation en horticulture Vineland ouvrait ses portes. Depuis, l’institution attire l’attention au Canada et à l’étranger par ses innovations axées sur les besoins. Elle représente chaque maillon de la chaîne de valeur horticole, des producteurs aux consommateurs. Continuez à lire
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Tasty tomatoes
Aug 3, 2017
Produce Grower, August 2017 issue By Maddie Capron There may be no such thing as a perfect tomato, but due to research by Amy Bowen and Dave  Liscombe at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, growers are one step closer to producing great ones. Read more
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Why nectarines are the next big thing
Aug 2, 2017
The Grower, August 2017 issue By Karen Davidson Nectarines, the fuzzless peach, used to occupy a narrow slice of tender fruit offerings in Ontario. The fruit is starting to take away acreage from peaches, now accounting for 14 per cent of tender fruit volumes. And Vineland Research and Innovation Centre using a sensory evaluation panel can provide feedback on whether new varieties are hitting the mark. Read more 
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What’s Growin’ On
Jul 31, 2017
CogecoTV By Mark Wikobrado The Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is celebrating 10 years in Niagara. They held their annual What's Growin' On Open House to display new products and agriculture technologies. Brenda Schultz reports.
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Hot potato: Sweet innovation at Vineland Research
Jul 27, 2017
Distributed to six (6) Sun Media publications in the Niagara Region By Karena Walter It’s called the V12B445 but it will have a more palatable name by the time it hits store shelves in 2019. The new sweet potato at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is the result of years of work to develop a better option for Canadian farmers that’s also embraced by eaters. Read more
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Horticultural research centre marks 10-year anniversary
Jul 25, 2017
AgInnovation Ontario By Lilian Schaer It’s been 10 years since a new horticultural research facility in Niagara Region was launched as the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland). Since then, Vineland has been turning heads across Canada and internationally with its needs-based innovations. Read more
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Vineland’s quest for the next Canadian apple starts with 20,000 unique trees
Jul 24, 2017
The Grower, August 2017 issue By Karen Davidson For the most part, apple breeding is left to other powerhouse countries but Canada’s vastly different apple growing regions demand a cold-hardy variety. It’s going to take years to develop a home-grown variety that’s not only practical in high-density production systems and storage, but offers a distinctive taste for consumers. That’s exactly what Daryl Somers is searching for at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. Read more
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A rose for Canada day
Jul 17, 2017
Sudbury Living Magazine, Summer 2017 issue Red and white plants are getting a lot of attention in the gardening world during Canada’s sesquicentennial. Without a doubt, this year's hottest flower is the Canadian Shield Rose. Read more
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Mighty mite, reared in Canada, could be a big help in protecting greenhouse produce
Jul 12, 2017
Financial Post, June 30, 2017 By Peter Kuitenbrouwer This 'voracious predator', a type of mite being raised at Ontario's Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, doesn't need males to reproduce and has proved itself proficient in fighting infestations of insects like aphids. Read more
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The rise of microbes offers growers some important new IPM tools
Jul 7, 2017
Greenhouse Canada, July 2017 issue By Drs. Michael Brownbridge and Rose Buitenhuis This is the third article in a six-part series providing practical information of an overall IPM program. In nature, insects and mites are commonly infected and killed by naturally occurring micro-organisms and nematodes. Some of these organisms have lent themselves well to commercial development and today several microbial biocontrol agents are registered for pest and disease management in greenhouse crops. Read more
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Grant's Desi Achiever, A Bouquet of Roses for Canada's 150th
Jul 5, 2017
Desi News, July 2017 issue By Shagorika Easwar Canadian gardeners are celebrating Canada's 150th birthday with Canadian Shield, a new rose bred at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. ''It is a beautiful shrub rose. A recurrent bloomer - which means blooms all through summer if it gets full sun - with a light, subtle fragrance," says Dr Par­minderjit Sandhu, the research scien­tist who helped develop the rose. Read more
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Canada 150: Hunger for tomatoes turns Canada into greenhouse superpower
Jun 29, 2017
Financial Post Story by Peter Kuitenbrouwer with photos and video by Laura Pedersen It's a burgeoning empire under glass. Canadian farmers now earn more from greenhouse vegetables than from eggs or potatoes. Vineland Research and Innovation Centre has spent $10 million to build a one-acre test greenhouse, which opened last year. “Growing local food in the soil is a limited opportunity for food sovereignty in Canada,” said Jim Brandle, Vineland’s chief executive. “Greenhouse food is safe. Plus, during the winter, you are not bringing things 2,000 miles to Canada’s dinner tables.” Read more
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Local food is becoming more worldly and diverse: The New Farm
Jun 21, 2017
By Owen Roberts, Urban Cowboy Consumers enjoy a cornucopia of great tasting food choices. But research suggests there’s an opportunity for more, driven mainly by food preferences of the country’s ethnically and culturally diverse population. Viliam Zvalo, a vegetable production researcher at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Vineland, Ont. and his research team are working with commercial-scale farmers and retailers to help develop and sell locally produced varieties of the world crops with the most potential to thrive in Canada. Read more
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It’s all in a name
Jun 19, 2017
Greenhouse Management, June 2017 issue By Chris Manning Vineland Research and Innovation Centre’s Dr. Alexandra Grygorczyk and other researchers are working to improve communications between the horticulture sector and consumers. Read more
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Okra, aubergines asiatiques et bok choy seront bientôt des légumes ontariens
Jun 15, 2017
ICI Radio-Canada Un texte de Claudine Brulé Le ministère de l'Agriculture veut augmenter la production locale d'« aliments du monde » en vue d'offrir aux Ontariens plus d'aliments qui reflètent leur diversité. Dans des serres et des champs de la région du Niagara, le docteur Viliam Zvalo, du centre de recherche Vineland, fait pousser des okras et des aubergines asiatiques pour découvrir les meilleures techniques, qu’il partage avec les agriculteurs. Continuez à lire
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Making appassimento accessible
Jun 14, 2017
Niagara This Week By Luke Edwards Niagara’s winemakers have a new tool at their disposal, thanks to the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre and Beamsville’s Central Fabricating. Calling it a Version 2 of a bigger system located at Vineland, Darren Ward, manager of business planning and commercialization said the new system makes appassimento more accessible for wineries in Niagara and beyond. Read more
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Back in (pear) business
Jun 12, 2017
Good Fruit Grower, June 2017 issue By Kate Prengaman Cold Snap is the marketing program for Harovin Sundown, a pear nearly 40 years in development by now-defunct Harrow breeding program at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s research station in Ontario. In 2010, the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre assumed the license for Harovin Sundown and began the process of commercializing it. Read more
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Tomato 2.0 - Breeding a better fruit
Jun 9, 2017
NUVO magazine, Summer 2017 issue By Adrienne Matei Why are grocery store tomatoes so uninspiring? Breeding good tomatoes is a challenge and that's what researchers David Liscombe and Amy Bowen, of Southern Ontario’s Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, do. Read more
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Bring Home the World - Improving Access to Ontario’s World Foods
Jun 7, 2017
Bring Home the World By the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Join the discussion! The Ontario government is engaging Ontarians to better understand where demand currently exists for World Foods and to learn where there are opportunities to grow the market in the province. Read more
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IPM: Prevention and early intervention
Jun 5, 2017
Greenhouse Canada, June 2017 issue By Drs. Rose Buitenhuis and Michael Brownbridge This is the second article in a six-part series providing practical information of an overall IPM program. IPM prevention and early intervention starts with awareness of ‘potential’ threats, using your experience to be on the lookout for incoming pests, and putting processes in place to facilitate early detection and/or early action to mitigate them. Read more
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Ontario Farmer - Variety development requires patience, persistence
May 31, 2017
Ontario Farmer, May 30, 2017 By Karen Dallimore Dr. Valerio Primomo holds up two slender sweet potato slips. These young plants are only known by their variety number right now - VSP 445 - but these, among several other varieties of plants, hold the promise of the future for researchers at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. Read more
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Greening the Canadian landscape
May 29, 2017
Turf & Rec Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Vineland, Ont. is investigating improved turf grass cultivars in combination with new pest management tools to provide lawn care practitioners with the tools to grow healthy turf in residential areas. Read more
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Designing your greenhouse IPM program
May 2, 2017
Greenhouse Canada, May 2017 issue By Drs. Rose Buitenhuis and Michael Brownbridge The first article in a six-part series is providing practical information of an overall IPM program. The effective use of biologicals (bios) requires a different approach and philosophy than for chemicals. Biological control agents are better at preventing than curing pest and disease problems. Read more
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Canadian Exotica
Apr 20, 2017
Canadian Grocer, April/May 2017 By Danny Kucharsky More than 70% of the world's okra crop comes from India, with the rest grown in the Middle East, Africa, the southern United States and the Caribbean. "Okra does really well here in Canada despite the fact that it's a sub-tropical crop," says Viliam Zvalo, a research scientist in vegetable production at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Vineland, Ont. Read more
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Growing Canada's emerging sweet potato industry
Apr 18, 2017
AgInnovation Ontario By Lilian Schaer Canada’s first sweet potato variety is expected for release next year. And now work at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is underway to ensure Canadian farmers can also access sweet potato cuttings – called slips – right here at home. Read more
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Anyone up for Okra?
Apr 12, 2017
Modern Agriculture By Ronda Payne Last year Modern Agriculture told you about a study being done by Vineland Research and Innovation Centre on okra – the viability and demand. The centre is now inviting B.C. growers to try the crop out as part of new and innovative crops that are seeing an increase in market value in Canada. Read more
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Take your poinsettia cuttings for a dip
Apr 6, 2017
GrowerTalks, April 2017 issue By Rose Buitenhuis Starting clean is key to biocontrol success. To demonstrate the benefits of cutting dips. Vineland Research and lnnovation Centre (Ontario, Canada) did a three-year case study on poinsettias. It was found that large numbers of cuttings can be rapidly treated by dipping, using small amounts of control products and the dip is highly effective Read more  
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How sweet it is
Apr 3, 2017
Fruit & Vegetable Magazine, April 2017 issue By Treena Hein Sweet potato consumption is on the rise across the nation. To help grow the acreage, the Canadian sweet potato industry sorely needs locally adapted varieties and high quality, comparatively priced propagative material. That’s why Vineland’s Vegetable Production Research Scientist Dr. Viliam Zvalo is partnering with industry to make sure interested Canadian propagators have the research results they need to successfully grow locally adapted slips. Read more
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La poire Cold Snap
Mar 29, 2017
ICI Tou.tv, le 27 mars 2017 Depuis 2016, il est possible de manger des poires canadiennes en hiver ! C’est grâce à des chercheurs et à des producteurs de l’Ontario que nous pouvons consommer la Cold Snap, la première poire canadienne brevetée. Ricardo visite un de ces vergers dans la vallée du Niagara. Il discute avec Dre Amy Bowen, responsable des recherches sur la commercialisation de la Cold Snap. Regardez ici 
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This new pear variety lets Canadians eat local all year round
Mar 27, 2017
CBC We Are The Best Thanks to a group of researchers and producers from Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., Canadians can now enjoy local pears all year round. Dr. Amy Bowen heads up the research on the Cold Snap pear at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. In this episode of We Are The Best, she explains to chef Ricardo Larrivée how this Canadian invention was developed, and makes her pitch for why consumers should give the Cold Snap a try. View here
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Finally, a rose designed to thrive in the Canadian Shield
Mar 17, 2017
Sudbury.com, March 15, 2017 By Jeff Turl A new rose called "Canadian Shield', in honour of Canada's 150th birthday is proving extremely popular with gardeners because it is bred with the northern climate in mind. Cheryl Lennox, Director of Marketing for Vineland Research and Innovation Centre told BayToday that the rose is winter-resistant to minus 40 and also resistant to black spot. She confirms it is perfect for the North Bay area. Read more
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Introducing the Canadian ShieldTM rose, just in time for Canada's 150th
Mar 10, 2017
The Gardener, Spring 2017 issue By William Hrycan A new rose is taking centre stage at this year’s Canada Blooms flower and garden festival in Toronto—the Canadian Shield™ rose. The rose is truly Canadian, possessing a refined beauty yet hardy enough to thrive in the diverse conditions found across our country. Like all roses that come out of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, it is disease resistant and will not succumb to black spot or powdery mildew. Read more
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Canada’s changing face presents opportunity for Ontario flower growers
Mar 7, 2017
AgInnovation Ontario, March 7, 2017 By Lilian Schaer Immigrants coming to Canada bring with them not only their own culture and food, but also distinct floral preferences. As Canada’s demographic makeup changes, this means new opportunity for flower growers in this country. Researchers at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) in collaboration with Ontario grocery chain Longo’s have identified a particular opportunity for jasmine and  are now working with flower grower Westbrook Floral to bring the first Ontario-grown jasmine plants to market this spring. Read more
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Celebrate Canada's 150th with a Canadian Shield rose: Real Dirt
Mar 6, 2017
The Toronto Star, March 3, 2017 By Sonia Day, Gardening Canada Blooms has picked a rose as its Flower of the Year for 2017, just when roses are coming back into fashion. Canadian Shield is a luscious new red rose from Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. Read more
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Ontario greenhouses move toward automation
Mar 3, 2017
The Packer, March 2, 2017 By Cynthia David Mucci Farms’ Kingsville, Ontario, greenhouse is part of the company’s increasing automation of its packing process. The company is expanding so rapidly and labor is so hard to find there will be plenty of other jobs available. Though Mucci imports its automated equipment from the Netherlands, they might just take a drive down the highway next time to see what manager Darren Ward and his commercialization team are up to at the eight-month-old Collaborative Research Technology Centre at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Vineland, Ontario. Read more
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Making ethnic markets pay
Feb 21, 2017
Country Guide Magazine, February 14, 2017 By Lois Harris Edamame, okra, bitter melon, quinoa, Chinese long eggplant — all these are edible crops that you’d have had a hard time finding on the country’s store shelves 50 years ago, let alone growing in Canadian fields and greenhouses. They’re still crops that few Canadian farmers know about, and that even fewer have considered growing. But maybe that’s about to change. Today, three of the most promising new-to-Canada vegetables to come from the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre are okra, Chinese long eggplant and Indian round eggplant. Read more
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Vineland Research and Innovation Centre: The quest for diversity in Canadian-grown table grapes
Feb 17, 2017
Orchard & Vine Magazine, February 8, 2017 By Ronda Payne The quest for something other than Sovereign Coronation led researchers at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre to connect with others in the industry to explore more options in Canadian-grown table grapes. Read more
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Canada’s own hybrid pear could feed a growing appetite for the fruit and local produce
Feb 15, 2017
Financial Post, February 13, 2017 By Hollie Shaw Canadians love pears. Their consumption of the fruit continues to grow even though homegrown pear production has steadily declined for 40 years despite grocery retailers’ recent acceleration of "buy local" produce campaigns. Jim Brandle, chief executive of Ontario’s Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, hopes that will change with the advent of Cold Snap pears, a hybrid Canadian fruit more than four decades in the making. Read more
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The state of automation in horticulture
Feb 13, 2017
Greenhouse Management, February 2017 issue By Karen E. Varga Vineland Research and Innovation Centre’s researchers in Ontario have worked on many robotics and automation projects, from mushroom harvesting machines that can detect ripeness, to automated tulip planting technology to cucumber packaging machines. Greenhouse Management spent some time chatting with Dr. David Gholami, Research Scientist and Expert Systems Specialist at Vineland to get his perspective on automation in the horticulture industry and insights into his current research projects. Read more
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Study: Biological treatments in early production of tomatoes
Feb 9, 2017
Produce Grower, February 2017 issue By Cassie Neiden At Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Ontario, Plant Pathology Research Technician Travis Cranmer is working to analyze the efficacy of biopesticides against root diseases in hydroponic tomato production. The study’s findings were released at the Canadian Greenhouse Conference in Niagara Falls in October 2016. Cranmer shares some of his conclusions. Read more
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Unlocking the science of taste and the art of flavor
Feb 6, 2017
SeedWorld Magazine, February 1, 2017 By Julienne Isaacs Great taste is back on the agenda for fruit and vegetable breeders. People like tomatoes for their flavor and texture, says David Liscombe, a research scientist and biochemist at Ontario’s Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. But for too long, taste and other so-called "consumer traits" have been sidelined in favor of production traits when it comes to fruit and vegetable breeding. Liscombe aims to change that. Read more
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Defeating foxglove aphids
Feb 2, 2017
Greenhouse Management, January 2017 issue By Karen E. Varga The foxglove aphid is a pervasive greenhouse pest in ornamental and vegetable crops, infesting a high number of varieties throughout the year. Dr. Michelangelo La Spina, a research associate at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is designing experiments that will help growers to better understand and manage foxglove aphid populations, especially with biocontrol agents. Read more
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New year, new plants
Jan 30, 2017
Winnipeg Free Press - Home Section, January 7, 2017 By Colleen Zacharias This year, as our country celebrates its 150th birthday, it seems reasonable to predict that demand by homeowners for the new Canadian Shield rose could exceed supply. Named as the flower of the year by Canada Blooms, this made-in-Canada rose is the first of a series of roses called Vineland’s 49th Parallel Collection, marketed by Ontario’s Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Ontario. Read more
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Climate Watch Shorts: Farming in a changing climate
Jan 26, 2017
TVO, aired January 25, 2017 By Nam Kiwanuka New discoveries from Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, located in Niagara, helps farmers deal with the changing climate. With longer, hotter summers come more frequent droughts and new kinds of pests. We look at how Vineland is helping farmers handle the changing climate. View more
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An important biological discovery
Jan 24, 2017
Greenhouse Management, January 2017 issue By Chris Manning It was by chance that Taro Saito, a research technician at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, found the mite that Vineland is currently studying as a potential breakthrough in biological control. Vineland’s research indicates that the mite could be a major asset for greenhouse growers in Canada and the U.S. The mite has a broader prey range than anything else currently in use. Read more
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Prevention and early intervention: the keys to biocontrol success in greenhouse crops
Jan 20, 2017
Greenhouse Grower, January 12, 2017 By Michael Brownbridge Greenhouse crops (floral and vegetable) are affected by multiple interactive variables that can affect crop development, pest and disease incidence and development, and performance of beneficial species. Dr. Michael Brownbridge, Research Director at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre discusses biocontrol approaches to successful pest control in greenhouses. Read more
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2017 Greenhouse Greats
Jan 16, 2017
Greenhouse Management Magazine, January 2017 issue By Karen Varga In this issue of Greenhouse Management, we have the privilege of featuring 10 industry members who are on the cutting edge of positive change in horticulture - Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, Ontario, Canada. Read more
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Pear revival: Two new pears varieties developed in Harrow coming in 2021
Jan 6, 2017
Windsor Star By Sharon Hill A blushing pear developed in Harrow is the newest variety expected to help push a pear revival in Canada. By 2020 or 2021, consumers can expect to be biting into two new pears developed at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Harrow and then Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in the Niagara region. Read more
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