The Ontario government announced $1.3 million in funding through the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance, a funding partnership with the University of Guelph.
The research projects at the University of Guelph will focus on increasing production and decreasing economic losses caused by crop diseases and pests on Ontario farms, including:
- Surveillance for blight management decisions in field tomatoes
- Investigating the threat of onion thrips to greenhouse floriculture pest management programs
- Developing approaches to combat Fusarium disease in wheat
- Assessing management in sugar beets to reduce crop disease
- Investigating production of a year-round supply of high-quality potatoes for Ontario
- Improving grape rootstock to prevent winter losses in sensitive areas.
The Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance (previously the OMAFRA-U of G Partnership) is a collaboration between the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs and the University of Guelph, and works to advance research and innovation that contributes to the success of the province’s agri-food sector and promotes rural economic development.