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Vineland Enables Industries' Efforts to Build Agri-Science Research Cluster
Date:2/25/2009

VINELAND, ON, Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ - How does a Science Cluster work? Vineland Research and Innovation Centre endeavors to answer that question with its model for the future.

"Vineland will be the engine driving the horticulture science cluster in Canada, industry will steer the direction and government will provide the fuel," said Dr. Jim Brandle, C.E.O. Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. "And as we execute on this vision, we are fortunate for the advice we receive from our partners in the horticulture industry associations, our Board of industry leaders and our science advisory panel, whose members are located around the globe."

What is a cluster? A cluster is a place for people to interact and for industry and science to work towards common goals and outcomes. In Canada that "place" is virtual. Facilitated by Vineland, scientists from across the country will work in concert under a single industry strategy to develop new products, drive down costs and increase profitability and competitiveness of the horticulture industry. The cluster will create innovation pipelines that will support the various subsectors under the cluster umbrella. Industry will be embedded in the management and accountability structure of the cluster and will have clear line of sight so it can see its investments through to a successful outcome.

To kick start the process Vineland is working with industry to identify research priorities that will create growth in the business of horticulture and is partnering with the research community across Canada to deliver on those priorities. Vineland will be targeting the Federal Government's soon-to-be-announced Growing Forward program to support the industry focused research efforts that will make up the cluster's activities.

"Vineland's research leadership team will support the cluster. With two international-calibre Research Chairs already in place and a third arriving in July, Vineland has built its rese
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