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June 11, 2013, Cologne, Germany — Perennial plants flower only when they have reached a certain age and been subjected to the cold. These two circumstances prevent the plant from starting to flower during winter.
June 11, 2013, Heslington, York, U.K. — Scientists at the University of York have uncovered new insights into the way seeds use gene networks to control when they germinate in response to environmental signals.
In an effort to keep pace with fierce competition from producers in sunnier, southern climates, an innovative greenhouse operation in Ontario has made a big move to grow tomatoes all year round.
This is the 10th edition summary of student research abstracts, this year prepared by the 2012 class taking the course “Greenhouse Crop Production” at the University of Guelph.
What is “innovation?” It’s all the rage among event organizers and industry associations and a recurring theme of conference presentations and workshop groups.
Agriculture (including horticulture) and the agri-food system
Something new.” That’s the simple answer retailers will give if you ask them what consumers want.
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Dec. 15, 2011, West Lafayette, IN — Scientists at Purdue University and eight other institutions have developed new resources poised to unlock another door in the hidden garden of medicinally important compounds found in plants.
Nov. 25, 2011 - A new study conducted by the American Floral Endowment seeks to examine the role that longevity guarantees play in floral purchasing decisions.
Sept. 15, 2011 — An international team of researchers led by a University of California, Davis, soil scientist has for the first time demonstrated that the soil around plant roots contains more water than does soil in other areas.
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Plants create water-rich areas around roots
An international team of researchers led by a University of California, Davis, soil scientist has for the first time demonstrated that the soil around plant roots contains more water than does soil in other areas.
This is the ninth edition summary of abstracts prepared by the 2011 class taking the “Greenhouse Crop Production” course at the University of Guelph. Most students are in their third or fourth year and working towards a bachelor of science degree in agriculture (B.Sc. Agr.), and some students are working towards their BA degree.
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Feds boost hort market research
Producers in Canada’s horticulture sector will be better equipped to respond to changes in export markets and fluctuations in competitor prices and stocks thanks to an investment by the federal government. (Le français suit)
Where would the Canadian greenhouse industry be without research and innovation? Sadly, with the potential of government cutbacks in funding to the science sector, we may soon find out. In 2009, when the U.S. was announcing a $10-billion increase in basic research funding, Ottawa was proposing a cut of $148 million over three years to Canadian research budgets. And that was a minority government.

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