Vineland establishes Science Advisory Committee

    VINELAND, ON, Feb. 27 /CNW/ - Vineland Research and Innovation Centre
("Vineland") is pleased to announce the establishment of a Science Advisory
Committee. The Science Advisory Committee is the second of three advisory
committees that Vineland plans to establish to facilitate consultation and
information exchange, and to ensure that the organization is provided with
independent, strategic advice from outside experts as the vision for Vineland
is enhanced and executed.
    "The goal of Vineland's vision is to develop long-term technology and
innovation that adds overall value to horticultural and ornamental products
and to the industry," said Donald Ziraldo, Chair of Vineland Research and
Innovation Centre Board. "Our esteemed Science Advisory Committee provides
world-renowned expertise to ensure that Vineland's programs will deliver a
range of lasting benefits for the industry, not only for the Niagara
Peninsula, but also on a national and global scale."
    Vineland's Science Advisory Committee will contribute to the research
vision and direction, science quality and granting opportunities pursued by
Vineland. Ten distinguished scientists, all with international reputations,
from Canada, the United States, Europe, Australia and New Zealand have agreed
to serve including Dr. Karel Bolckmans, Dr. Vince DeLuca, Dr. Mike Dixon, Dr.
Ian Ferguson, Dr. Rina Kamenetsky, Dr. Matt Kramer, Dr. Brian Miki, Dr.
Geoffrey Scollary, Dr. Clément Vigneault, and Dr. Roger Wyse.
    The Science Advisory Committee is holding their inaugural meeting at
Vineland from February 26 through the 28th, 2008. With the purpose of advising
Vineland's Board of Directors and CEO on the research vision and direction for
Vineland, the Committee will reflect on emerging trends and opportunities for
Vineland and positioning relative to world horticulture research, provide
suggestions based on experience in private not-for-profit research and
potential linkages, and explore the role of biotechnology and genomics in
horticulture, the value of a health and wellness focus, and the role of
consumer impact on horticultural products.
    "Bringing a group of eminent scientists together like this is a
tremendous opportunity for Vineland," said Dr. Jim Brandle, CEO of Vineland
Research and Innovation Centre. "We are extremely proud to be associated with
this remarkable group of scientists, and Vineland will take full advantage of
the opportunity to benefit from the invaluable insight and expertise that our
Science Advisory Committee will provide."

    About Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

    Located in the Niagara Region, the Vineland Research and Innovation
Centre is a not-for-profit corporation. It is currently in the process of
significant renewal and revitalization as result of a Federal and Provincial
government, and industry led initiative in 2007 to create a world-class
research institution and international hub for horticulture and ornamentals
research, innovation and commercialization. Created in 1906 through a gift by
M.F. Rittenhouse, the Vineland Research Station has contributed to the
emergence of a competitive horticulture industry in one of Canada's most
unique geographic regions. It is accredited with the development and release
of over 150 new varieties of fruits, vegetables and ornamental plants, as well
as numerous production techniques and post-harvest technologies.

                   Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

    Science Advisory Committee to the Vineland Research and Innovation
    Centre Board

    Dr. Karel Bolckmans

    Dr. Karel Bolckmans is Head of International Production and R&D Manager
of Koppert B.V. The Netherlands. Koppert is the international market leader in
the field of biological crop protection and natural pollination. Dr. Bolckmans
is a bio engineer and holds a master's of science degree from the Faculty of
Bioscience Engineering at the Catholic University Leuven in Belgium. He
graduated as an I-TRIZ Specialist, the highest ranking certification provided
in the I-TRIZ world.

    Dr. Vince DeLuca

    Dr. Vince DeLuca is a Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, at
Brock University in St. Catharines. Dr. DeLuca's research has focused on
genomic, proteomic and metabolic approaches to study the biosynthesis of plant
natural products and their regulation, and metabolic pathway engineering of
specialized cell factories for commercial production of valuable natural
products in plant cell cultures or in transgenic plants.

    Dr. Michael Dixon

    Dr. Mike Dixon is a Professor, Environmental Biology Department and
Director of the Controlled Environment Systems Research Facility, University
of Guelph. He is also the Chair of the Space Exploration Advisory Committee of
the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), a member of the Life Sciences and Technical
Committee within the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and
the project leader for the Canadian research team investigating the
contributions of plants to life support in space, Dr. Dixon formed the Space
and Advanced Life Support Agriculture (SALSA) program at the University of
Guelph. This program currently represents Canada's prime contribution to the
International Space program objectives in Life Support.

    Dr. Ian Ferguson

    Dr. Ian Ferguson is Chief Scientist of HortResearch (New Zealand). He is
a fellow of the Royal Society and has previously spent 5 years on the Marsden
Council. Dr. Ferguson's research interests are in plant and fruit physiology,
biochemistry and biotechnology. Dr. Ferguson is also involved in a number of
international collaborations, including an appointment as Guang Biao Visiting
Professor at Zhejiang University, China. He is also Joint Editor-in-Chief of
the international journal Postharvest Biology & Technology.

    Dr. Rina Kamenetsky

    Dr. Rina Kamenetsky is a Professor of Horticulture and Plant Physiology,
Agricultural Research Organization at The Volcani Center (Israel). Dr.
Kamenetsky is an accomplished scientist whose fields of scientific interest
include the mechanisms of internal and environmental regulation of flowering
and dormancy in geophytes and herbaceous perennial plants; plant biodiversity,
introduction of new ornamental plants, and their cultivation in warm regions;
and fertility restoration in garlic.

    Dr. Matthew Kramer

    Dr. Matt Kramer is Research Director, Ball Horticultural Company
(Chicago), with responsibility for ornamentals breeding and product
development worldwide. Dr. Kramer's previous experience includes serving as
the General Manager and Vice President of Ag. Trait Development at Exelixis
Plant Sciences of Portland, Oregon, Vice President of Product Development at
Agritope, Inc. and Director of Production and Product Development at Calgene,
Inc. and later Calgene Fresh, Inc., of Davis California, where he was involved
in development and commercialization of the FLAVR SAVR(TM) tomato the first
genetically engineered whole food sold in the U.S.

    Dr. Brian Miki

    Dr. Brian Miki is the Control of Gene Expression Study Leader,
Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada (Ottawa). He is also an adjunct professor with
the Biology Departments of Carlton University (Ottawa) and Queen's University
(Kingston). Dr. Miki's expertise includes the structure of the plant genome,
regulation of gene expression in transgenic plants, molecular biology of
embryo and seed development, the role of seed coat in regulating composition
and development of seeds, targeted and unintended effects of transgene
insertions and mutations on the transcriptomes of plants, and implications for
bio-safety and regulations.

    Dr. Geoffrey Scollary

    Dr. Geoff Scollary is the Director, National Wine and Grape Industry
Centre and Head, School of Wine and Food Sciences at Charles Sturt University
(Australia). He has research interests in wine chemistry, toxicology and new
methods for wine analysis, and he has published 62 refereed publications. Dr.
Scollary is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, Associate
Member of the Australian Society for Viticulture and Oenology, Professional
Member of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture, and the appointee
of the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre (Australia).

    Dr. Clément Vigneault

    Dr. Clément Vigneault is currently working as a Research Scientist at
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Horticulture Research and Development
Centre, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec. He co-leads the Postharvest Quality
laboratory and supervises many Ph.D. and Master Degree students. He has been
adjunct professor in the Department of Bioresource Engineering at McGill
University (Canada), and in the FEAGRI at Unicamp University (Brazil). Dr.
Vigneault is one of the inventors of the Smart Crate(TM), a reusable plastic
container used for handling of about 20% of the fresh fruit and vegetable
produce in North America. With over 25 years of agricultural and food
engineering experience, Dr Vigneault's accomplishments include 2 patents, over
100 reviewed journals or book chapters, more than 350 technical publications
and research reports, as well as over 170 scientific conferences and technical
courses. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards such as the Gold
Harvest Awards (AAC, 2004), Fellow of the CSBE (2004), Public Service Award of
Excellence (2005), John Clark Award (SCGAB, 2006).

    Dr. Roger Wyse

    Dr. Roger Wyse is a Partner of Burrill and Company (a life sciences
merchant bank), former Dean of Rutgers, and former Dean of the College of
Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Wisconsin.
    He has more than 27 years of experience as an internationally recognized
plant scientist and business consultant. Dr. Wyse holds a PhD in Plant
Physiology from Michigan State University and is a Fellow of several
professional societies. Dr. Wyse served as co-CEO of Third Wave AgBio, was
founding President and CEO of Pyxis Genomics, and is the Board Chairman for
Chromatin, CreAgri, Efficas, and the Alliance for Animal Genome Research. He
is also a member of the Boards of Directors of Cibus Genetics, Emerald
BioAgriculture, Pyxis Genomics, Sciona, the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant
Research, and the College of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley.

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