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U of G, VRIC announce collaboration


February 29, 2012
By Press release

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February
29, 2012, Vineland, Ont – Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland)
and the University of Guelph have announced a new research partnership for the
Canadian horticulture industry.

February
29, 2012, Vineland, Ont – Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland)
and the University of Guelph have announced a new research partnership for the
Canadian horticulture industry.

Researcher
Dr. Youbin Zheng begins immediately as the Vineland/University of Guelph Chair
in Environmental Horticulture. It is hoped this position will improve
collaboration across Canadian research networks and speed access to new
technologies and innovations for industry.

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“Dr.
Zheng will be splitting his time between Vineland and the University of Guelph
where some of the country’s best work in greenhouse intelligent irrigation
systems, water treatment for re-circulation, plant environment interactions,
and biocontrol is being led for the greenhouse and nursery sectors. No surprise
to anyone but rapid delivery of results is the focus here, and of course the
key to industry competitiveness globally,” said Dr. Jim Brandle, CEO of
Vineland.

Dr.
Zheng was an adjunct professor and technical manager of the Controlled
Environment Systems Research Facility
in the Ontario Agricultural College’s
School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph. He will be
working side-by-side with Dr. Michael Brownbridge, Vineland’s research director
in horticultural production systems. Together these researchers bring decades
of combined experience in green roof technology, greenhouse and nursery plant
production, and urban agriculture.

“This
is an exciting opportunity made possible by establishing a new type of
partnership” said Robert Gordon, dean of the OAC. “As we look at increasing
challenges to research funding, it is important to explore creative options for
partnerships to support this type of important work.”


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