The Ontario Tender Fruit Growers and Fresh Grape Growers will receive $476,908 in federal funding to improve fruit quality and availability of tender fruit and fresh grape varieties for consumers.
The research project will focus on improving tender fruit such as apricots, peaches, nectarines, plums, and pears by extending their growing season and storability.
Black knot disease in plums will be studied, and new tender fruit and fresh grape varieties will be developed.
Results will be shared with the Canadian tree fruit and fresh grape sectors.
Last year, the farmgate value of tender fruit and table grapes in Ontario totalled more than $71 million with more than 91 percent sold through fresh-market sales.