Vegetables
May 9, 2016, Medford, MA – Half of the world's fruit and vegetable crops are lost during the food supply chain, due mostly to premature deterioration of these perishable foods, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Tufts University biomedical engineers have demonstrated that fruits…
May 9, 2016, Toronto, Ont – The Yukon Gold potato might have come from humble roots, but the Canadian-bred spud has achieved global status among chefs and food writers. It seems Gary Johnston, the plant scientist who bred the yellow-fleshed potato 50 years ago, was ahead of his time. READ…
April 21, 2016, Charlottetown, PEI – The $1.8 million cut to the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries is not as bad as it sounds, says minister Alan MacIsaac. The provincial budget shows a five per cent cut to the department, with most of the money coming from the agriculture side.…
Okra is the seedpod of a flowering plant of the mallow family. Photo by: Fotolia If you are looking to diversify your crops, consider okra and sweet potatoes, says Villiam Zvalo, a research scientist in vegetable production with the Vineland Research and Innovation Center in Ontario. While common in warmer…
Photo by University of Illinois March 22, 2016, Champaign, IL – Sweet corn hybrids vary in their tolerance to crowding stress. New research identifies genes related to crowding stress tolerance and yield in sweet corn. This is the first step in breeding new lines that could maximize yield under even…
  The trick to determining who or what is damaging your crops lies in being able to differentiate between damage caused by deer or damage caused by other wildlife, says Ben Hindmarsh, environmental specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). Deer tend to eat grains…
January 13, 2015, Fort Saskatchewan, Alta – The Marketing Made Easy workshop takes place January 20, 2016, at the West River’s Edge, 1875-River Valley Drive, in Fort Saskatchewan. “This one-day workshop examines selling products at farmers’ markets and beyond,” says Karen Goad, farm direct marketing specialist, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.…
January 6, 2016, London, England – Horticulturalists have spent years carrying out grafting trials to produce the dual-cropping plant named Egg and Chips, which grows eggplants from its stem and potatoes from its roots. Experts experimented with more than 20 varieties of eggplant before selecting one that was deemed best…
Round of Hungary Pepper Photo by Johnny's Seeds December 18, 2015, Gainesville, FL – University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences students are learning how to breed better peppers under the guidance of Professor Bala Rathinasabapathi. And by “better,” we mean a more savory taste, among other characteristics.…
December 16, 2015, Gainesville, FL – Researchers at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are addressing production constraints for organic strawberry producers, thanks to a new $2 million federal grant. The research focuses on strawberry production systems, rather than just one part of the production process,…
October 16, 2015, Guelph, Ont – This winter, Ontario is providing financial support to farmers to better ensure the survival of apples, tender fruit, berries, and specialty crops. Ontario's cold winter months can cause damage to crops and reduce yields. To help growers manage this risk and ensure a steady,…
September 22, 2015, New Brunswick, NJ – A new tomato that combines the nostalgia-inducing flavour of an heirloom with the durability of supermarket varieties is Rutgers’ answer to anyone who wonders what happened to the flavorful Jersey tomatoes of the past. The Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) has…
October 5, 2015, Guelph, Ont – Do you love the flavour of cis-3-hexenal? It's so delicious combined with acid, sugar, and the right balance of other volatile compounds, isn't it? Many prefer it with a bit of 2-isobutylthiazole. Tomato flavour is a complicated equation. There isn't one "tomato flavour" chemical…
September 21, 2015, Gainesville, FL – University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers have taken a big step toward breeding tastier blueberries with a three-year study that examined the traits consumers desire. Now they have specific breeding targets to improve flavour. For a study published Sept. 17…
September 11, 2015, Edmonton, Alta – Drought, BSE and low commodity prices deterred many people from agriculture over the last decade and changed the minds of some of even the hardiest producers, says Dustin Morton, commercial horticulture specialist, Alberta Ag-Info Centre. “However, over the last couple of years, agriculture has…

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