New Head of Research and Development at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) has appointed Darby McGrath, PhD as Vice President, Research and Development. In her new role, McGrath will guide the direction of Vineland’s innovation portfolio to maximize real-world impact with a team of more than  50 scientists and technicians.

Opportunity Mapping for Horticultural Waste Streams

Approximately 74% of Canadian fruits and vegetables are wasted before they reach consumers for a myriad of reasons.  To tackle this issue and help increase the industry’s environmental sustainability, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) examined underutilized waste streams for the top seven Canadian produce crops including potatoes, apples, field tomatoes, greenhouse tomatoes, greenhouse cucumbers, onions and carrots and identified the range of opportunities for managing these by-products.

Mapping Tomato Flavor Preferred by Consumers

Using genetic mapping and metabolomics analysis, Vineland and collaborators at Laval University, Quebec, Canada the University of Florida, USA and McMaster University, Ontario, Canada have identified the gene responsible for producing several important aroma chemicals, including the familiar tomato vine aroma associated with fresh tomatoes.

Path to Purchasing for Garden Center Consumers In-Store and Online

January 21, 2022 Floral Marketing Fund

The Floral Marketing Fund (FMF), in partnership with the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre and the University of Guelph, are presenting the final results from a new study on consumers’ perceived value of nursery plants – focusing specifically on garden center consumers in both the US and Canada. The findings are being presented through an upcoming webinar on January 27th and the final report.

Leading The Way Discovering Rugose Virus Resistance

Vineland’s greenhouse tomatoes-on-the-vine (TOVs) breeding program – the only one of its kind in Canada – has focused since 2013 on developing high yielding varieties with improved flavour and production traits adapted to Canada’s climate.