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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
Bruising is a persistent problem plaguing the blueberry industry. At this time, fruit damaged by mechanical harvesting should not be sold to the fresh market. This hinders export opportunities and forces the industry to rely on expensive labor for…
New Jersey is well known for many things: Bruce Springsteen, boardwalks, diners. But it also known as a hot spot for cranberry fruit rot.
‘Budd’s Blues’ (left), one of the four fruit rot resistant selections, compared to a susceptible cultivar (right…
In our Breeder Spotlight Series, we’ll 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. For our first spotlight, we spoke to…
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 our inagural segment, get to know Alan Yocca, a PhD Candidate in the Edger Lab at Michigan State University…
Sensory testing surveys offer important consumer feedback and useful insights to researchers. Dr. Charles Sims, Co-PI and Professor at the University of Florida (UF), recently concluded a blueberry sensory study to get a better understanding of consumers…
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