December 16, 2021
Canadian Ornamental Alliance research update
Dr. Youbin Zheng of the University of Guelph is studying the use of LEDs to improve ornamental crop production.
The Canadian Ornamental Horticulture Alliance (COHA) is currently managing a total of 10 research projects on behalf of the ornamental sector through their participation in Agriculture and Agrifood Canada’s (AAFC) Agriscience program. These 10 diverse research projects represent a combined industry and government investment in research of over $6 million.

As part of their commitment to AAFC, COHA has a responsibility to communicate the ongoing research results to the sector, facilitated primarily through their website, COHA Connections.

The bilingual website posts annual researcher updates, generated through an annual webinar series. These updates are available in both PDF format as well as the recorded webinars.

The website also presents a more personalized and in-depth look at the work of the researchers through a series of profile articles. The most recent editorial contribution, featuring Dr. Youbin Zheng of the University of Guelph, takes a look at his current project, “Use of LEDs to improve ornamental crop production,” but just as importantly, highlights the importance of “Linking research to knowledge transfer.”

With a mandate to be the “one-stop-research-shop” for the ornamental sector, COHA Connections also makes available relevant research news and updates from across Canada.

Nursery growers will find the research report published by IQDHO “Optimizing the use of nitrogen fertilizers in the field production of woody ornamental plants” to be of interest. The report suggests that not only should growers reconsider their practice to not apply nitrogen fertilizers in the fall, but also that a modified nitrogen application program would contribute significantly to the reduction of GHC emissions.

On behalf of the turfgrass and golf course sectors, COHA Connections is pleased to present a research report by Dr. Deb Henderson of Kwantlen Polytechnical University, “Fungal biocontrol agents for control of snow mould diseases in turf grass.”