Category Archives: In The News

One million Radiance slips to be available to sweet potato growers in 2019

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.

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A made-in-Ontario tomato, courtesy of Vineland Research

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.

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Delving into new disease foes

Not just for pests, biocontrol agents are being researched for their effect on diseases by Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, which has surveyed and spoken with growers who use them.

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Condo sprouts trees

An architect firm and condo developer are planning Canada’s first vertical forest for Toronto, and they’ve brought together an impressive team of experts including Vineland Research and Innovation Centre to make the ambitious project come to life.

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Choosing trees and growing media for intensive green roofs

Incorporating trees into green roof designs and building facades is not only appealing, but there is more demand than ever to plant rooftop trees. Vineland’s Darby McGrath explains.

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Help wanted!

With the global movement of plant material, a changing climate and resistance among pest populations, is it time we brought in new biocontrol agents?

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Best practices for healthy trees

Vineland has been identifying methods and creating new technologies to help tree propagators grow seedlings with better root quality.

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Vineland researchers search for the perfect match of apple varieties to meet Ontario consumers’ cider preferences

Hard cider taste tests at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre show clear consumer preference for sweet fruity flavours over drier tannic ones, said Dr. Amy Bowen, research director of consumer insights at the centre.

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All the right ways to apply microbial biopesticides

Vineland’s research team has investigated how application methods of microbial biopesticides affect viability and coverage as part of an integrated pest management system.

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Slipping into sweet potato production

February tends to be a slow time at Roelands Plant Farms Inc. But not this year. Roelands was tasked with propagating sweet potato slips to trial Vineland’s made-in-Canada variety of the popular storage vegetable on about 25 Canadian farms this year.

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Watch an entire greenhouse tomato harvest in under two minutes

In partnership with the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers, Vineland is developing new Tomato on the Vine hybrids for market launch in 2021. In this video shot at Vineland’s Collaborative Greenhouse Technology Centre, you can check out an entire greenhouse tomato harvest in under two minutes.

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New table grape varieties for Ontario could diversify market

Driven by demand primarily from farmers, the Ontario Fresh Grape Growers’ Marketing Board and Vineland teamed up four years ago to find new table grape varieties for the Ontario market.

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