Vice Canada Consults U of G Vegetable Production Expert

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Prof. Barry Micallef

How did a Quebec couple find a live frog inside their green pepper?

That’s what Vice Canada wanted to know after hearing reports of the tiny frog found inside the hollow vegetable. So they consulted Prof. Barry Micaleff from U of G’s Department of Plant Agriculture for a possible explanation.

Micaleff theorized that the frog could have crawled into the pepper through a crack in the vegetable’s wall that would have then sealed as the pepper grew. He said such a crack could have formed if the pepper grew in a field and experienced heavy rain during its early growth.

Micaleff studies greenhouse vegetables, working on cultivars that can grow in less -han-ideal conditions. seeking ways to improve their harvest index.