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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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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By Josie Russo, Amaya Atucha, and Lisa Wasko DeVetter When you hear the term “fruit quality”, what comes to mind? Quality is often a subjective term. Fruit quality may mean something different to everyone—especially a breeder, a grower, industry member…
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By Josie Russo and Amaya Atucha VacCAP team members Dr. Karina Gallardo (left) and Dr. Elizabeth Canales (right). While VacCAP team members are working to improve cranberries and blueberries, one question is prominent: will consumers actually buy…
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Summarized by: Josie Russo Authors Stephanie Kay Fong, Joseph Kawash, Yifei Wang, Jennifer Johnson-Cicalese, James Polashock, and Nicholi Vorsa Tree Genetics & Genomes 17, 4 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11295-020-01482-8 Highlights …
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 By Josie Russo and Amaya Atucha  Over the last decade, Dr. Juan Zalapa has been working on a puzzle—a 500-million-piece one. Zalapa and others in his team—such as Luis Diaz-Garcia—is working to assemble the ‘Stevens’ cranberry genome in order to…
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Be sure to tune into this week’s episode of “The Business of Blueberries'' podcast to hear VacCAP team members discuss the project and research. Guests: Massimo Iorizzo, Ph.D., associate professor in the North Carolina State University Department…