World Crops: 

Domestically produced world crops include such plants as eggplant, okra, yard long beans, tomatillos, and edamame.

Speakers: Michael Brownbridge, Ph.D
Date: March 10, 2015
Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: Kitchener Public Library - Country Hills Branch
St. Mary's High School 
1500 Block Line Road (near Homer Watson & Block Line)
Kitchener, ON


Canada has the highest per capita immigration rate in the world with approximately 250,000 new immigrants per year. Newcomers settle mostly in the major urban areas where they typically seek out familiar foods from "home". A growing demand for these foods creates a tremendous opportunity for the fruit and vegetables sector. This research program will determine the market size along with determining which fruits and vegetables are most in demand by new Canadians, and which are suitable for cultivation in Ontario.  He will talk about the foreign vegetables in Canada like mini melons, eggplant, okra etc from seed and what works and doesn’t work.

Bio: Bachelors and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Faculty of Agriculture. Graduated in 1985.

 Life before the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre:

1984-87: Post-doctoral researcher, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. Biocontrol of mosquitoes.

1987-90: Research Scientist, ICIPE, Kenya. Microbial control of pests of staple food crops.

1990-2005: Research Associate Professor, University of Vermont. Development of IPM tools and systems for pests of greenhouse ornamentals, non-target impacts of GM maize.

2005-2009: Senior Scientist, AgResearch, New Zealand. Primarily working on soil pests in livestock pasture (just a ‘working’ lawn!) and plantation forest pest management.

Joined the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre as Research Director in Horticultural Production Systems in July 2009. Current research focus: bio-based IPM systems for greenhouse ornamentals and vegetables, development of alternative management tools and practices for turf pests, crop diversification for Ontario vegetable growers. .


These programs are a joint initiative of the Kitchener Horticultural Society and the Kitchener Public Library.

There is no charge for admission but your generous support is appreciated.