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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 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 Özgecan Yalçın, a graduate student of Horticulture, Plant Breeding and Genetics at…
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.…
Ripe blueberry fruit vary widely in perceived firmness depending on cultivar and species, and consumers pick up on these differences. Our consumers want fresh market blueberries to be consistent from berry to berry in both firmness and flavor. Since…
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