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A robotic loader that can take the manual labour out of placing greenhouse mini cucumbers onto trays is now available on the market. Developed by researchers at Vineland in partnership with CMP Automation, the technology is part of ongoing efforts to reduce labour costs for farmers through automation.
As part of a new Canadian Apple Breeding Consortium, Canadian researchers including Vineland’s Dr. Daryl Somers are pursuing several apple varieties that might work in different areas of the country.
In spring 2017, Vineland’s new Canadian Shield roses were planted in gardens across the country to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. This extremely hardy, disease-resistant repeat bloomer with vivid red blooms and glossy green foliage had been in development for several years, and the timing of its release couldn’t have been better. But beyond the fanfare, as the gardening world quietly slipped into its routine maintenance tasks, how has the iconic rose settled into the landscape?
Vineland’s Greening Canada’s Highways tree planting research update.
Chinook Sunrise, a shrub-type rose, is the second release in a series of roses called Vineland’s 49th Parallel Collection. Its blooms are described as a delicious kaleidoscope of shades, from deep coral to pale pink.
Biotechnology experts met in Toronto to discuss how Canada’s regulatory system could better enable the safe commercialization of gene-edited plants and animals. Because of the investment exodus occurring in Europe, Michael Pautler, head of genomic services at Platform Genetics Inc., a sub-company of Vineland, says European Union companies looking for new horticultural crops have been increasingly working with Vineland.
Vineland’s most recent survey of Canadian greenhouse growers found a growth in the number of biocontrol users and the extent of biocontrol use.
Sunrise Greenhouses has collaborated on an artificial intelligence-based smart irrigation project at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre that allows for predictive modelling of smart irrigation in potted crops.
Valerio Primomo, a research scientist and vegetable breeder at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, has developed “Radiance,” a variety of sweet potato with a shorter growing season.
Vineland’s Dr. Daryl Somers has bitten into a tasty but lengthy project as he develops a new apple for Ontario. He figures it will take 15 or 20 years before it will be ready for the fresh apple market.
Move over Covington and Orleans to make way for the new sweet potato variety known as Radiance which has been developed by Vineland in collaboration with Louisiana State University.
The plants are in for another year of Vineland’s greenhouse tomato program that’s seeking to develop a made-in-Ontario hybrid for local climate conditions. Right now they’re tiny seedlings and with any luck, in two years they’ll be supplying grocers and consumers across the province with delicious tomatoes.