1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
Evaluate genetically enhanced germplasm for cultivated small fruits. Emphasis will be directed toward cultural and climatic adaptability for the southern United States, increased winter hardiness, extension of harvest season, and potential for mechanical harvesting.
1b.Approach (from AD-416):
Distribute small fruit selections developed for specific cooperator locations. Existing selections planted at cooperator locations in Alabama will be screened for improved characteristics. Evaluation of advanced selections and cultural practices will be contributed at these locations.
Additional blueberry plants were obtained from a breeding program for evaluation. The cultivars are ‘Pearl’, ‘Gupton’, ‘Prince’ and ‘Desoto’. These plants were re-potted in 3 gal containers for planting in January 2013. Preliminary fruit quality data was obtained on May 27, 2011, from MS-108, MS-109, MS-132, and MS-840. MS-840 had smaller and firmer berries compared to the other selections. Other parameters were similar among selections. Data was taken prior to 3 years growth, and future data will be more relevant. In 2012, ripening date, fruit quality, and growth data will be collected for all 3 year old plants.