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Dr. Claire Luby is the newest Co-PD to join the VacCAP team. She is a Plants Research Geneticist at the USDA-ARS Horticultural Crops Research Unit in Corvallis, Oregon, USA, where the lab focuses on blueberry breeding and genetics. We spoke with Luby…
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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 Ed…
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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 this segment, get to know Heeduk Oh, a PhD student at North Carolina State University with advisors Dr.…
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Cranberry synteny. Comparison of the LGs of the F1#10 and W85-23 parental maps. Linkage groups are numbered according to the homologous LGs in the Schlautman et al. 2015a) cranberry map, and links are drawn between common markers in each of the…
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A new blueberry release, Creativa, from Fondazione Edmund Mach. Photo contributed by Giongo. We often talk about how fruit quality is key when developing better blueberries. But what does fruit quality actually mean, and how is the Vaccinium…
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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…