November 17, 2021 By Canadian Ornamental Horticulture Alliance (COHA)
The Canadian Ornamental Horticulture Alliance (COHA) has released the latest updates on 10 research projects they are currently managing on behalf of the ornamental sector.
“As part of their commitment to AAFC, COHA has a responsibility to communicate the ongoing research results to the sector, facilitated primarily through their website, COHA Connections. The bilingual website posts annual researcher updates, generated through an annual webinar series. These updates are available in both PDF format as well as the recorded webinars,” states a press release from COHA.
In 2018, COHA received a $6.8 million investment to fund these 10 research projects for a period of five years. Of this, $4.6 million came from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and $2.2 million from industry cash and in-kind funding.
The COHA website also profiles researchers. The most recent article features Dr. Youbin Zheng of the University of Guelph. It includes his work on using LEDs to improve ornamental crop production, as well as the importance of “Linking research to knowledge transfer.”
COHA’s website also delivers relevant research news and updates from across Canada, including a research report published by L’Institut québécois du développement de l’horticulture ornementale (IQDHO) on “Optimizing the use of nitrogen fertilizers in the field production of woody ornamental plants”.
For the turfgrass and golf course sectors, there is a research report by Dr. Deborah Henderson of Kwantlen Polytechnic University on Fungal biocontrol agents for control of snow mould disease in turf grass.
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