“Vineland is transforming leading edge research into innovations that will bring prosperity to the Canadian horticulture sector,” said Brandle. “Today’s open house gives us an opportunity to showcase our results and to prove the value of innovative research in Canadian agriculture.”
The latest research out of the science and innovation centre includes: refining variety and growth requirements for world crop production locally; commercializing new peach, pear and plum varieties; developing drought tolerant plants for water conservation; and analyzing local versus organic consumer purchase patterns.
“With a start up in 2007, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is still a young organization. Yet we have already amassed an excellent team of researchers and business professionals who are working skilfully across the value chain to assess what is needed for a highly competitive sector,” said Donald Ziraldo, Vineland’s chair.
With that in mind, a revitalization, which will modernize the facility while creating new spaces, is planned for 2011.