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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 community-based project to support advances in molecular…
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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 research partners…
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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. Increased labor costs over the past few years have more growers looking to turn from…
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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 Vaccinium industry…
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By Dr. Lisa Wasko DeVetter, Washington State University  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,…
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VacCAP team member David Chagne talks about the importance of the blueberry. READ MORE
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Check out the poster that was presented at the 2020 Plant and Animal Genome Conference for an overview of VacCAP.  READ MORE
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The Vaccinium Coordinate Agricultural Project (VacCAP) was funded by the USDA to improve blueberries and cranberries.  READ MORE
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Here are all the press releases and articles announcing the funding of the VacCAP project. 2020 The importance of the humble blueberry (2/26/20) Wisconsin-based researchers work to breed better cranberries (2/24/20) CALS scientists part of $12.8…