Decades of research have already gone into understanding the process of 'vernalisation', how plants sense periods of low temperature, and 'remember' this information in order to control the timing of flowering. It ensures plants avoid flowering during the destructive winter months, and instead flower during the warm spring and summer months when they have ample time and sunlight to produce seeds.


Understanding vernalisation is therefore of vital importance to the success of commercial crops such as oil-seed rape and broccoli, among many others.




Between September 27th to 30th, Dr. Anna Frank PhD., our resident expert in the fields of Environmental engineering, risk assessment, water resource management and protection, and all issues related to hydrology and climatology (as well as our R guru) will be presenting TWO papers at the Under Western Skies Conference, hosted by Mount Royal University in Calgary.


She has had almost a decade of research and teaching experience at Faculty of Technical Sciences in the University of Novi Sad, Serbia and has contributed to many papers and conference presentations. Her published output includes such diverse and inter-disciplinary topics as Geo-Information Technology for Disaster risk Assessment, Modern environmental science- projects as way of communication between scientists and society, Biohazard waste management model, Transport velocity of persistent organic pollutants through atmosphere, The impact of titanium dioxide industrial on the environment and Greenhouse effect and climate change. In addition to her academic work she has managed several multi-countries projects funded by the European Union. Her recent PHD thesis included the development of a new drought index tool based on physics rather that statistics


Her work as consultant for Dufferin Research complements and expands upon her continued academic research and project management. Please join us in Calgary in September for what promises to be an excellent conference.



The human face has been a source of great interest to psychologists and other scientists in recent years because of the extraordinarily well-developed ability of humans to process, recognize and extract information from other's faces.

Our magazines and television screens are not just filled with any faces—they are filled with attractive faces, and both women and men are highly concerned with good looks in a potential partner.

Despite research on social consequences, exactly what it is that makes a face beautiful remains poorly defined. One of the major deterrents in determining the features of an attractive face lies in the widespread belief that standards of attractiveness are learned gradually through exposure to culturally presented ideals.



Dufferin Research has been running the Canadian Voyageur study since 2007, and celebrated our 10th anniversary of online OMNIBUS studies at Dufferin Research in August 2017.

Recently we have asked questions ranging from Canadian's water usage and their attitudes toward drought & floods, we have a review of their social media usage for our syndicated research, and we also we asked about their reading habits (quantity, preferred medium, etc.), their happiness, their insurance needs and about a new cultural institution and its perceived value to Canadians.  

OMNI's are a cost effective way of getting a few questions asked among a representative Canadian audience (n=1200 Regionally weighted to 2016 Census numbers). 

For further info please review our original promotional info - the only details that have changed are the updated census numbers, the prices are still the same after 10 years. 

In the the past we have released summary reports on reading habits, a social media update (which we have tracked since 2007) & summary of our findings about household water usage and general attitudes about droughts, floods and the implications of too much or too little water. We plan to update both the social media and water usuage findings shortly.

 Thanks to all the clients that have made OMNIBUS studies a success at Dufferin Research. 

 Voyageur OMNI (5 year anniversary)


Pioneer Omnibus Studies (5 year anniversary) 






Concentration is contagious, according to a new study.

Being around other people who are working hard automatically helps us work harder as well, researchers have found.

Scientists think it could be down to body posture.

The nonverbal signs of mental effort from those around may be enough to help us concentrate.


Or, maybe you can actually smell mental effort, the study’s authors write: