Category Archives: In The News

EATING NIAGARA: Pretty delicious, the power of edible flowers

Beamsville’s Freeman Herbs is gearing up to supply grocery stores with edible flowers similar to their potted herbs that are fixtures in produce sections. The greenhouse grower recently enlisted the help of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre to determine the power of edible flowers with consumers.

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Dipping with biopesticides

Vineland’s second article in a four-part series discusses an early intervention technique to enhance biocontrol success for poinsettias.

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In The Garden: They promised us a rose garden

Despite the best efforts of the Royal Botanical Gardens, in recent years the roses in the Centennial Rose Garden were suffering. The complete rose garden had to go. Then it was time for 3,300 new hardy roses to be planted. One in particular, Vineland’s 49th Parallel Collection Canadian Shield, is prominently displayed and deservedly so.

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Stop thrips from hiding in your greenhouse

Biocontrol programs against thrips start early in the crop cycle. Despite propagators’ best efforts, small numbers of pests may be hiding on cuttings, especially pests with widespread resistance to most conventional insecticides. Vineland discusses its research on dipping techniques against thrips.

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Producing local flowers to meet a growing floral flavours food trend

Flowers don’t usually spring to mind when Ontarians think of locally grown food, but that could soon be changing. Researchers at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre have teamed up with Freeman Herbs of Beamsville to look into what consumers prefer when it comes to edible flowers.

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Northern exposure

A few years ago, researchers at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Ontario discovered more than a dozen promising apricot selections and put them back on track for commercialization in partnership with Brandt’s Fruit Trees.

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A new tomato for Ontario

A large project at Vineland aims to create on-the-vine greenhouse tomatoes optimized for Ontario growing conditions and consumers.

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Discovering the tastes for cider

Amy Bowen, research director of consumer insights with Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, assembled a team from the industry to create a cider research and innovation strategy in 2016. This strategy is now being acted on to determine how to better satisfy consumers within the growing cider marketplace.

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How to outfox foxglove aphids in the greenhouse

In spite of a growing adoption of biocontrol in Canada, aphids are often treated primarily with chemical pesticides because of a belief that biological control isn’t effective. Based on the conclusions drawn from three years of greenhouse and laboratory experiments, Vineland optimized an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategy that will maintain aphid populations below a safe level.

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Canadian Shield first in new series of easy-to-grow roses

Canadian Shield, a vivid red landscape rose with glossy green foliage, is the first in a new series of easy-to-grow roses called the 49th Parallel Collection. Garden Making asked Amy Bowen, Research Director of Vineland, to tell us more about Canadian Shield along with upcoming roses in the collection gardeners can look forward to.

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Finding the right niche

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.

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A sweet option for local potato farmers

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.

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