BCIT to conduct
'green wall' research

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) has selected the British Columbia Institute of Technology Centre for Architectural Ecology to conduct leading edge “green wall” research.

Vineland hort funding ‘Going Forward’
Faster access to new plant varieties and processes will help horticulture producers remain innovative and competitive.

Sold-out products lure consumers: study
We've all done it: A product appears to have sold out quickly, or may be about to sell out, so we grab it or the next best thing, fearing we may miss out on the purchase.

Students get more satisfaction with plants

Students are more satisfied with their learning environment when plants are in view, report scientists in a recent issue of HortScience.

Consumers would pay small green premium
Consumers are willing to pay a small premium for goods and services they think are environmentally sustainable, but they would rather just adopt greener behaviour, a new report suggests.
The Netherlands is hoping to increase its horticulture partnerships in other regions of the world.
This happens to be the seventh edition of summaries of various abstracts prepared by students that I taught in class this past winter semester. This year, I had three students in a special horticultural research class (abstracts 1-3) focused on plant nutrition issues, and 10 students in a greenhouse production class, where the students focused more on environmental aspects of production. The first group had individual projects, while the second group worked in pairs.
This is an innovation-driven industry, stoked by the dedication of suppliers and the research/extension community. Their work is then often enhanced and tweaked by ingenious growers for even greater gains and efficiencies.

Researchers work to improve the petunia
Researchers from the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre and the University of Guelph will begin work on the development of new traits for one of Ontario's major ornamental species, the petunia.

Green spaces enhance mood and reduce crime

The benefits of natural and landscaped green spaces are not just limited to the environment.

Fragrances can reduce stress: study
A new Japanese study is the first to find that certain fragrances have the power to alter gene activity and blood chemistry in ways that can reduce stress levels. 
May 7, 2009 - A new consumer research study by the Society of American Florists (SAF) reveals how different age groups perceive, buy, and use flowers and floral outlets.

Most Canadians donate time or money

Statistics Canada reports that 84 per cent of the population made a financial donation to a non-profit organization, proving that teaming up with a charity might be a great idea for your business.
June 9, 2009 – "Look out the left" the captain said, “the lights down there, that’s where we’ll land…" Those are the opening lyrics to the Joni Mitchell classic, “This Flight Tonight,” and while the Martinair flight crew didn’t offer such advice on our approach to Schiphol Airport, I did indeed “look out the left” as we made our descent.


‘Small country, great partner’
The Dutch have long been regarded as master marketers and production pioneers in the greenhouse sector, and world leaders in sales and technology.

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