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Finding the right niche
May 10, 2018

Country Guide Magazine
By Jordan Whitehouse

Between 2007 and 2012, Canadians doubled their sweet potato consumption. The rate of growth has somewhat tailed off in more recent years, but the numbers continue to rise overall. Dr. Valerio Primomo, a vegetable breeding research scientist at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Ontario’s Niagara region is breeding varieties with an eye to producing a shorter-season crop that can still score high with retailers. Read more

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A sweet option for local potato farmers
May 4, 2018

Niagara This Week
By Luke Edwards, Grimsby Lincoln News

After years of work, scientists at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre think they have a sweet potato variety that ticks off all the boxes to be successful in Ontario. Read more

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Mixed planters, mixed preferences
May 1, 2018

Greenhouse Canada, May 2018 issue
By Amy Jenkins, Dr. Alexandra Grygorczyk, Dr. Amy Bowen and Rodger Tschanz

What makes consumers choose certain pre-mixed planters over others? Contrasts in colour and texture seem to be key. Read more

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Growing Asian flowers for Ontario markets
Apr 25, 2018

2017-2018 Agri-Food Yearbook Edition
By Marika Li

Flowers are important in cultural and daily activities for many Asian immigrants, including South Asians, who by 2050 will make up one-third of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) population. Alexandra Grygorczyk, a researcher at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Vineland, Ont., and a U of G adjunct professor, leads a research team that is helping to bring Jasmine sambac to Canada. Read more

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Decision-making tool takes guesswork out of new crops
Apr 19, 2018

Ontario Farmer, April 17, 2018
By Lilian Schaer

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) has just launched a new microsite to help grow­ers evaluate whether certain new horticulture crop types could be a fit for their farming businesses. Read more

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Deep dives on the five senses
Apr 11, 2018

Niagara Life Magazine, Spring 2018
By Luke Edwards

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre's Consumer Insights program go in depth on what consumers prefer, and why. Read more

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Ontario growers researching possibility of new table grape variety
Apr 9, 2018
By Rebecca D Dumais

Ontario could soon be seeing a new table grape variety with availability extending into Canada’s Thanksgiving holiday, something growers feel is much needed. In 2014, six imported table grape vines were planted by Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, prompted by industry interest in finding new grapes from around the world and bringing them to Ontario to see how well they fair in the local climate. Read more

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New world crops online resource now available
Apr 6, 2018

Thanks to the newly launched microsite, growers can now better evaluate whether world crops fit their business plan. They can also manage risks through proven agronomic practices for Canada’s growing season. Read more

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Rose bushes can be team players in your all-star garden
Mar 26, 2018

The Toronto Star
By Mark Cullen, Special to the Star and Ben Cullen

No longer is a rose bush part of a collection but are now part of a greater whole, integrated into landscapes that serve many purposes. Canadian Shield, a new introduction from Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is a great new rose bush. A shrub rose, it matures to 125-centimetres high, has a soft, sweet fragrance and is extremely winter hardy. Read more

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Consumer preference work contributes to Ontario apple cider strategy
Mar 15, 2018

AgInnovation Ontario
By Lisa McLean

Ontario consumers are thirsty for more hard apple cider, and the province’s apple sector is poised to deliver. But first, researchers at Vineland are profiling consumer preference to be sure the industry serves up cider that hits the spot. Read more

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