March 15, 2010
The Ontario Horticultural Research Foundation has announced a $100,000 contribution toward a $3-million research chair at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre and the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) at the University of Guelph.

The new academic role is a result of combined work among Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, University of Guelph, Landscape Ontario and Ontario Horticultural Trades Foundation.

“Today we have taken the first step of many toward establishing a critical mass of science knowledge specific to the needs of our sector. In 2010 we will focus on securing final contributions and selecting an individual for the position,” said John Wright, president of the Foundation.

An important part of the work will be the availability of information and technical transfer to industry stakeholders. Through communication networks at Landscape Ontario, Vineland and the University of Guelph, it is expected that research and innovation data will quickly reach members of the industry.

“This position will re-strengthen our teaching and training capability in horticulture,” said Rene Van Acker, associate dean of external relations at OAC. “The university is excited about this opportunity and is looking forward to working with the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, and Landscape Ontario in further developing horticultural academics and research.”