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Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

Dr. Stan Benda is the IP / Licensing lawyer for the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre.

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is a world-class research centre dedicated to horticultural science and innovation. Located in Canada’s Niagara Region, Vineland’s mission is to deliver innovative product and production solutions that address the needs of the horticulture industry and advance Canada’s research and commercialization agenda. We are an independent, not-for-profit organization, funded in part by Growing Forward, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

Vineland’s primary stakeholders are the horticulture industry and government. Its broader stakeholder community includes academia, the general public, the scientific community, Board, and Advisory Committees.

Vineland’s partnership model demands research and communications synergies with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, and the University of Guelph. Vineland also aims to build a strong union with regional government in achieving mutual goals for local agriculture agri-food prosperity.

With respect to industry, Vineland’s  collaboration involves research partnership agreements and working relationships with the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association, Ontario Tender Fruit Producers’ Marketing Board, Ontario Apple Growers, Ontario Fresh Grape Growers’ Marketing Board, Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers, Grape Growers of Ontario, Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers, Ontario Berry Growers’ Association, Ontario Asparagus Growers, Ontario Potato Board, Fresh Vegetable Growers of Ontario, Flowers Canada (Ontario), Canadian Nursery Landscape Association, and Landscape Ontario. Vineland also partners and seeks input from downstream stakeholders in processing, packing, retail and foodservice.

In 2007, Vineland established a Stakeholder Advisory Committee to addresses sector-specific opportunities and the quality of knowledge transfer. Today, the committee also assists in strengthening research communications across the country.

Research Programs

Developing a Reverse Genetics Platform for Delivery of Beneficial Traits in Horticultural Crops

Identifying and Developing New Plants for Green Roof Applications

Innovating in Ornamentals with Canadian Native Plants

The Canadian Hardy Rose Breeding Program

New Cultivars to Revitalize the Ontario Apple Industry

Developing Bioinformatic Tools for Molecular Breeding in Horticultural Crops

Vegetable Breeding

Turning Sustainability into Value: Understanding Consumer Perceptions of Horticultural Production Practices

Processing and Packaging Innovations for New Product Development

Improving Produce Quality through Post-harvest Handling and Management

Consumer and Market Intelligence for Horticultural Products

Bringing World Crops to Ontario: Production and Market Development

Developing Biological Pest Control Alternatives in Response to the Urban Pesticide Ban

Biocontrol Strategies for Greenhouse Floriculture

Biocontrol Strategies for Control of Thrips in Field Crops

Developing the World’s Healthiest Mushroom

Black Vine Weevil Control in Nursery Crops

Developing Appassimento Wine Production in Ontario

Greening the Highways: Ontario Tree Liner Production for Increased Survivability

Developing Technologies for Bare-Root Transport of Nursery Trees

Preservation of Vineland Grape Genetics

Cultivar Commercialization Program

Automation Technologies for the Horticulture Industry

Vineland’s apple breeding program pulls out all the stops to deliver new tastes for consumers

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Nutrient-rich world crops a key focus for Vineland researchers

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A novel approach to controlling thrips

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Going local with new vegetables

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Take the mystery out of your next marketing campaign

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Consumer Preferences and Market Demand for Ethno-Cultural Vegetables in Canada and Export Markets – A Summary

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Driving Innovation for Canadian Horticulture at Vineland

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