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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
The genus Vaccinium contains a wide diversity of culturally and economically important berry crop species, including blueberry and cranberry. Consumer demand and scientific research in both have increased globally over the crops’ relatively short…
Blueberries have seen a rapid increase in consumer demand and production over the past 15 years. The North American blueberry industry and consumers are more selective of their fruit choice, with an increased focus on quality. Multiple studies in…
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 Xueying Ma, a PhD student at Washington State University with advisor Dr. R. Karina…
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 Jim…
On July 20, 2022, Oregon State University hosted their Blueberry Field Day. The event was an opportunity for the community to learn about current blueberry research at OSU, as well as try the latest fruit selections from the USDA/OSU cooperative breeding…
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