West County Gardener announces 2008 green market research study
A majority of independent garden centre retailers believe consumer concerns about the environment will remain high and that consumers will purchase a green product despite higher costs than standard products.
Researcher receives prestigious award
Dr. Ron Howard, a plant pathologist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, was recently awarded the Alberta Science and Technology Leadership Foundations (ASTech) Dow AgroSciences/ASTec Innovation in Agricultural Science Award.
Biologists have discovered that a fundamental building block in the cells of flowering plants evolved independently, yet almost identically, on a separate branch of the evolutionary tree – in an ancient plant group called lycophytes that originated at least 420 million years ago.
There’s always considerable interest, both at home and abroad, in work being done at North America’s largest greenhouse vegetable research centre.
Horticulture leaders in Québec have been recognized for their service to the industry.

Niagara College researchers in Ontario are helping shed more light on one of the newest technologies to be applied in the greenhouse.

If you’ve been reading this magazine for a while you probably already know about the SR&ED or “R&D” program and how to claim and maximize tax credits for the work you do.
Feb. 21, 2008, Vineland, Ont. (CNW) — Several greenhouse industry leaders, past and present, have been appointed to the stakeholder advisory committee of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre .
Ag Canada’s Harrow research centre in southwestern Ontario has long been a key resource for greenhouse growers across the country. It’s the largest greenhouse vegetable research facility in North America and is also home to one of nine Minor Use Pesticide Program trial sites established by AAFC.

Alberta will invest $6.6-million to rebuild provincial research greenhouses at Brooks. These new facilities, said provincial ag minister Doug Horner, will allow researchers “to continue to explore new crops and crop management techniques to help Alberta producers be competitive in the global market.”
The exercise provides students with some “hands-on” growing as well as some basic research experience.

Dream of Institute for Sustainable Horticulture quickly becoming a reality

Among projects, the research team is hoping to apply photonic technology to detect plant diseases well before they are visible to the naked eye.
The research and analysis provided by the report will now be used by Flowers Canada Growers and the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association to help develop and implement risk transfer options.
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