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Developing hardier, tastier greenhouse vegetables

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Greenhouse-grown Ontario tomatoes

Imagine greenhouse tomatoes and peppers that look and taste great, grow well, and are disease-resistant too.

That’s what Daryl Somers and his team at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) are currently working on.

They’re using genomics, the study of DNA sequence and genomes, to help them find and identify variations in the plants that can be used to develop desirable traits. Continue reading

Ontario’s emerging hazelnut industry

One of Ontario’s new emerging crops is hazelnuts.

University of Guelph agricultural communications student Geoff Farintosh has written the following story about this innovation in Ontario’s agri-food sector:

The prospect of hazelnut production in Ontario is being enhanced by new research and innovation that’s made the notion extremely appealing to producers.

Canada spends more than $100 million importing hazelnuts each year, and this number is increasing each year.

With the price per pound having doubled recently, many Canadian farmers are looking to tap into this niche market. In fact, the amount of hazelnut acreage is expected to increase exponentially in 2015.

You can read the rest of his article on Farms.com.

Meet an Ontario Hazelnut grower.

Learn more about Ontario’s hazelnut farmers.


Ontario-built robot system could automate mushroom picking

Robot gently attaches to the mushroom it is about to harvestAt first glance, mushrooms and cars don’t have a lot in common.

But that could change down the road, bringing labour savings for farmers and more mushrooms to market for Canadians.

Using concepts long used in automotive manufacturing, researchers at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) have developed a robot to pick mushrooms. Continue reading

Developing made-in-Ontario sweet potatoes

Sweet potato fries - web The sweet potato craze is one of the latest food trends to sweep our nation.

Canadian demand for the healthy tuber has sky rocketed, reaching heights that far outstrip Ontario’s small, locally grown supply.

Researchers at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre are working hard to change that by developing new sweet potato varieties specifically suited for Ontario’s climate and crop conditions.

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Ontario-grown quinoa close to commercialization

Ontario quinoa ready for harvest

Ontario-grown quinoa ready for harvest

Demand for quinoa, a super food sought-after for its many health benefits, far outstrips supply. Most of it currently sold in Canada is imported from South America, primarily Bolivia.

Now, Ontario-grown quinoa – pronounced KEEN-wah – may soon be on the market.

Jamie Draves, President and CEO of Katan Kitchens, along with industry partner collaborators, has been conducting research for the past four years to help establish quinoa as a viable crop in Ontario, and they’re getting close to seeing that dream become a reality. Continue reading