Vineland Welcomes Dr. Hannah Mathers as Senior Research Fellow

    VINELAND, ON, Sept. 8 /CNW/ - Dr. Hannah Mathers has been appointed as a
Senior Research Fellow at the Vineland Research and Innovations Centre, an
independent, not-for-profit corporation established to create a world-class
hub for horticultural science and innovation in Ontario.
    Dr. Mathers is an Associate Professor in the Department of Horticulture
and Crop Science at The Ohio State University (OSU). She is also the State
Extension Specialist in Nursery and Landscape Crops and co-chair of the OSU
Nursery Short Course program. Prior to her appointment at OSU in September
2000, Dr. Mathers was an Assistant Professor with Oregon State University at
the North Willamette Research and Extension Center.
    As a Senior Research Fellow at Vineland, Dr. Mathers will focus on
research initiatives, industry projects and outreach activities to assist the
Ontario nursery and landscape industry. Working closely with Landscape
Ontario, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, the
University of Guelph, the Ontario nursery growers as well as with the rest of
the Vineland team, Dr. Mathers will help develop a research program designed
to address the industry's highest priority issues and requirements.
    Born and raised in Exeter, Ontario, Dr. Mathers received her Forest
Technician's Diploma at Sir Sandford Fleming College in Lindsay, Ontario. She
earned an Associate Diploma in Agriculture at the University of Guelph, a
Bachelor of Science degree in Plant Science at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY,
a Master of Science degree in Horticulture at the University of Saskatchewan,
Saskatoon, and a Ph.D. in Horticulture from Michigan State University.
    "As the Extension Specialist in Ohio and now working for Vineland, Dr.
Mathers is in the unique position to observe the practices of nursery and
landscape operations both state and province wide, recognize and assess their
common needs and requirements, and synthesize this information into a program
where the greatest gains in industry profitability can be accomplished," said
Dr Jim Brandle, CEO of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. "We
welcome Dr. Mathers, and we look forward to working with her to help determine
and address the issues that are of the highest priority to the industry."
    Dr. Mathers will be conducting several on-site visits and trails in 2008,
and will be hosting a Research Day on October 7, 2008 at Vineland to showcase
her research program and activities to date.

    About Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

    Located in the Niagara Region, the Vineland Research and Innovation
Centre is a not-for-profit corporation. As result of a government, academic
and industry led initiative, Vineland is becoming 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.

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