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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Cultivar Development of Edible Fruited Honeysuckle Lonicera Caerulea L.

Location: Horticultural Crops Research

Project Number: 5358-21220-002-17
Project Type: Grant

Start Date: Sep 10, 2012
End Date: Sep 30, 2013

Objective:
1. The overall objective is to identify superior selections worthy of cultivar status that could form the basis for a new berry crop for the Northwest. 2. Propagate promising selections, distribute for advanced trials, and select the best of these for release and naming as cultivars.

Approach:
Complete evaluations of hybrid seedlings currently in greenhouse and field plots. Records will be taken on relative plant size, growth habit, freeze damage, time of bloom, bloom density, and estimated crop. After harvest, crop weight, weight of 10-berry samples, fruit shape, firmness, overall appearance and preliminary taste tests will be made by investigators. Superior selections will be studied more indepth: e.g. fruit quality, sugar:acid ratios, storage tests, and anthocyanins and antioxidant capacity will be evaluated. Propagate by cuttings several of the best selections for distribution to interested grower and nursery cooperators.

Last Modified: 9/10/2014
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