First-Time Funding for Vineland from Canada Foundation for Innovation

VINELAND STATION, Ontario, June 9, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) has been awarded first-time research funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to provide growers with resources to produce high quality and competitive crops.

"This $614,280 award is an important recognition of Vineland's innovative research in horticulture," said Dr. Daryl Somers, Vineland's Director of Applied Genomics. "Grants from the CFI program were awarded to 52 research institutions across Canada and we are proud to be part of this prestigious group."

Through a valued collaborative partnership with the University of Toronto, Vineland will use the funding to investigate techniques to promote plant health through the suppression of pathogens or by enhancing plant immune response to support field and greenhouse crops.

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About Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

With a highly-skilled research team, oversight from an independent Board of Directors, engagement from an international Science Advisory Committee and collaboration with more than 160 global partners including a Stakeholder Advisory Committee, Vineland's goal is to enhance Canadian growers' commercial success through results-oriented innovation. We are an independent, not-for-profit organization funded in part by Growing Forward 2. For the latest on our research and partnerships, visit

About Canada Foundation for Innovation

Created by the Government of Canada in 1997, the Canada Foundation for Innovation strives to build our nation's capacity to undertake world-class research and technology development to benefit Canadians. Thanks to CFI investment in state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research institutions are attracting and retaining the world's top talent, training the next generation of researchers, supporting private-sector innovation and creating high quality jobs that strengthen Canada's position in today's knowledge economy.

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Source:Vineland Researchand Innovation Centre