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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
Dr. Claire Luby is the newest Co-PD to join the VacCAP team. She is a Plants Research Geneticist at the USDA-ARS Horticultural Crops Research Unit in Corvallis, Oregon, USA, where the lab focuses on blueberry breeding and genetics. We spoke with Luby…
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 Ed…
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 Heeduk Oh, a PhD student at North Carolina State University with advisors Dr.…
Cranberry synteny. Comparison of the LGs of the F1#10 and W85-23 parental maps. Linkage groups are numbered according to the homologous LGs in the Schlautman et al. 2015a) cranberry map, and links are drawn between common markers in each of the…
A new blueberry release, Creativa, from Fondazione Edmund Mach. Photo contributed by Giongo.
We often talk about how fruit quality is key when developing better blueberries. But what does fruit quality actually mean, and how is the Vaccinium…
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