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What is VacCAP?
The Vaccinium Coordinated Agricultural Project (VacCAP) is a nationwide coordinated transdisciplinary project focused on addressing major bottlenecks limiting the growth of the U.S. Vaccinium industry by developing and implementing marker assisted selection (MAS) capacity in breeding programs. This will enable breeders to select and pyramid fruit characteristics that positively contribute to fruit quality and market value. Long term, the scientific resources developed will increase production of fruit with improved characteristics that meet ever-changing industry, market, and
In our Team Spotlight Series, we want to introduce you to the team members who help make VacCAP possible through their passion and hard work. In this segment, get to know Dr. Jenyne Loarca, a Principal Investigator (AFRI NIFA Postdoctoral Fellowship) at…
Image of a blueberry fruit exhibiting symptoms and signs of anthracnose fruit rot in the field. Photo by Timothy Miles
Anthracnose fruit rot is among the most destructive and widespread fruit disease of blueberries across the United States, impacting…
Cranberries with low wax (above; note the shiny fruit surface) and high wax (below). Photos by Lindsay Erndwein
Fresh ripe cranberries add a bright festive touch to holiday meals. Cranberries are also used to make sweetened dried cranberries (SDCs),…
CRISPR is a powerful gene editing tool, but how do consumers view this technology if it were to deliver cranberry products with less added sugar and improved flavor? Would they “buy into” CRISPR cranberries?These are just some of the questions that Dr.…
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