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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, or a consumer. We spoke to Rod Serres, Senior Manager…
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The Nutrition Facts Label (NFL) Canales and Gallardo used in their study. Figure B is an old version of the NFL for dried cranberries, and in Figure A there is the version where added sugars are reported. Photo contributed by Canales. While VacCAP…
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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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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 identify which genes control what traits…
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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…
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Soon after I joined the small fruit scientific community in 2015, I realized that the ingredients needed to establish a community-based project to support advances in molecular breeding for blueberry and cranberry were already in place. Blueberries…
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The Vaccinium Coordinated Agricultural Project (VacCAP) is a massive undertaking, involving researchers from multiple U.S. academic institutions, USDA research centers, and international research partners. But what exactly is VacCAP, and how do we plan…
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Blueberry harvesting is complicated—a balancing act between a tight, expensive labor market and soft, finnicky fruits. Increased labor costs over the past few years have more growers looking to turn from hand-harvesting to machine harvesters. But…
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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 Vaccinium industry. What is the main focus of your research program? One main focus of…
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Dr. Chad Finn was a well-regarded research geneticist and berry breeder that worked for the United States Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Services (USDA-ARS) in Corvallis, Oregon, USA. He also had an infectious laugh you could hear across…