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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 consumer
In our Breeder Spotlight Series, we interview blueberry and cranberry breeders to learn more about their roles, challenges in their breeding programs, and have them highlight some of their favorite new cultivars. In this spotlight, we spoke to Dr. Sushan…
In our Student Spotlight Series, we want to introduce you to the students who help make VacCAP possible through their passion and hard work. In this segment, get to know Sara Knowles, a Lab Technician at The Philip E. Marucci Center for Blueberry and…
It is sometimes said to never meet your heroes for fear that they will disappoint. However, this was certainly not the case for those that had the opportunity to meet and know Dr. Bernadine Strik, Professor Emeritus and Berry Specialist at Oregon State…
Too hard. Too soft. Just right. It’s a tale as old as time, always searching to find the “just right”. It is usually about a girl with golden locks looking for which bed is “just right” in the home of three bears. But in our VacCAP story, Dr. Juan Zalapa…
In our Breeder Spotlight Series, we interview blueberry and cranberry breeders to learn more about their roles, challenges in their breeding programs, and have them highlight some of their favorite new cultivars. In this spotlight, we spoke to Dr. Sara…
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