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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…

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By Josie Russo and Amaya Atucha

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Stephanie Kay Fong, Joseph Kawash, Yifei Wang, Jennifer Johnson-Cicalese, James Polashock, and Nicholi Vorsa

Tree Genetics & Genomes 17, 4 (2021).…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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By Josie Russo, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Blueberry harvesting is complicated—a balancing act between a tight, expensive labor market and soft, finnicky fruits.…

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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…

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By Dr. Lisa Wasko DeVetter, Washington State University 

Dr. Chad Finn was a well-regarded research geneticist and berry breeder tha…