Integrating biological tools for impact

Vineland’s research promotes and supports the use of biological control strategies in high-value horticultural crops. New products and integrated pest management (IPM) solutions improve production efficiency while promoting crop quality, environmental performance and safe working conditions.

The program works directly with growers, suppliers and service companies to ensure uptake and impact.

Vineland is also part of a biocontrol research consortium including Flowers Canada Growers (FCG), the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) Pest Management Centre (PMC) to promote applied knowledge for greenhouse pest control at greenhouseipm.org.

 

Innovation Challenge and Opportunity

There are increasing pressures around the use of chemical pesticides in horticulture as pests develop resistance and products are banned for environmental and public health concerns. Growers are adopting integrated pest management solutions that rely on biological products and Vineland is playing a key role in this transition. Opportunities include developing and evaluating new biocontrol organisms and related products such as bio stimulants and bio herbicides.

Our underlying goal is to have 70 per cent uptake of new strategies within three to five years of their release in Ontario and beyond.

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