1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
Evaluate genetically enhanced germplasm for cultivated blueberries. 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 blueberry selections developed for specific cooperator locations. Existing selections planted at cooperator locations in Texas will be screened for improved characteristics. Evaluation of advanced selections and cultural practices will be contributed at these locations.
A new blueberry planting was established at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, Stephen F. Austin State University that included the USDA-ARS releases ‘Prince’, ‘Gupton’ and ‘Pearl’and the USDA-ARS/Stephen F. Austin Univ. released ‘Earlibirdblue’. Twenty-two advanced selections from the breeding program at Poplarville, MS were established in three gallon pots to promote cutting wood growth. Resulting new plants will be established in replicated trials at the same location.