Feds boost disease-resistant apple, tomato research with $920K investment
Vineland Research centre to develop new breeding lines for two major crops
VINELAND STATION, Ont.—The Canadian government is seeding researchers in southern Ontario just shy of $1 million to develop new types of disease-resistant apples and greenhouse-grown tomatoes.
The Niagara, Ont.-area Vineland Research and Innovation Centre will receive $920,000 from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to boost research on the pair of crops that bring in around $700 million in revenue for growers across the country—$361 million of that total in exports in 2015.
“With this investment, our apple and tomato growers are benefiting from research on disease-resistant varieties,” Jim Brandle, the research centre’s CEO, said. “Our goal is always to increase industry competitiveness while meeting consumer preferences for locally-grown crops.”
The research will focus on developing new breeding lines.