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Agricultural research strives to leave tasteless tomatoes in the dust
Feb 23, 2018

The Toronto Star
By Sonia Day, Special to the Star

Scientists at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Niagara are on the hunt for the ‘perfect grocery store tomato’ — but it could take a few more years, Sonia Day writes. Read more

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New stone fruit varieties coming to commercial growers
Feb 14, 2018

Orchard & Vine Magazine
By Ronda Payne

Seven new varieties of peaches, nectarines and plums could be hitting the market soon, thanks to an expedited process for testing. Through the work of the University of Guelph, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), Vineland Research and Innovation Centre and a new approach by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), varieties will make it through the process in about half the time according to Michael Kauzlaric, technology scout and grower outreach with Vineland. Read more

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Getting to the core of the apple cider craze
Jan 22, 2018

Niagara This Week, January 19, 2018
By Luke Edwards

As hard ciders become more popular, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre's Consumer Insights department has been studying what consumers are looking for in a cider. The research will help producers cater to preferences to create award winning ciders and also provide information for apple growers on which varieties they should produce. Read more

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Propagation system prevents root girdling
Jan 15, 2018

Greenhouse Canada

RootSmart is an evidence-based propagation system that promotes an ideal root structure by preventing root girdling at the propagation stage. “RootSmart was co-designed with growers, for growers,” says Dr. Darby McGrath, Research Scientist at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. Read more

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Preference-lead research brings consumers into the lab
Jan 4, 2018

Ontario Farmer, January 2, 2018
By Lilian Schaer

Consumer intelligence is put to work for horticulture in a sensory lab at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre through tastings, online testing and focus groups. Read more

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New table grape varieties on the way
Jan 2, 2018

The Grower, January 2018 issue

New Canadian fresh grape varieties will expand growers’ offerings and fill up shelf space with flavour profiles that meet market demand. The Consumer Insights team at Vineland is working to ensure the new varieties are exactly what consumers are looking for. Read more

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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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