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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
By Dr. Massimo Iorizzo, Project Director, North Carolina State University
Soon after I joined the small fruit scientific community in 2015, I realized that the ingredients needed to establish a…
By Josie Russo, University of Wisconsin Madison
The Vaccinium Coordinated Agricultural Project (VacCAP) is a massive undertaking, involving researchers from multiple U.S. academic institutions, USDA research centers, and international…
By Josie Russo, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Blueberry harvesting is complicated—a balancing act between a tight, expensive labor market and soft, finnicky fruits.…
By Dr. Amaya Atucha and Josie Russo, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dr. Amaya Atucha sat down with Dr. Juan Zalapa to discuss his research on improving cranberry fruit quality traits, and what a more efficient cranberry means for the…
By Dr. Lisa Wasko DeVetter, Washington State University
Dr. Chad Finn was a well-regarded research geneticist and berry breeder tha…
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