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Feds boost disease-resistant apple, tomato research with $920K investment

Vineland Research centre to develop new breeding lines for two major crops


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Located in Ontario’s Niagara region, the research centre’s latest project will focus on developing disease-resistant crops. PHOTO: FedDev Ontario

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.


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