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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. Sara…
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 Hector Lopez-Moreno, a PhD student at UW-Madison with advisor Dr. Juan Zalapa. …
A quick search of blueberry with the terms “anthocyanin and chlorogenic acid” bring up numerous articles extolling the virtues of blueberries as a healthy superfruit. Answering questions about what genetic mechanisms are controlling the accumulation of…
Investigating chromosomal recombination—the exchanging of genetic material between chromosomes—behavior is crucial to transfer traits under genetic control from one plant to another one and for advancing genetic discoveries. Factors that can limit…
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…
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