Dr. Nahla Bassil awarded the 2014 PWA Technology Transfer Award
For many years, laboratory technology for cultivar identification has been needed by the plant industry. Visual assessment of plants was first used. As DNA analysis became possible in the early 2000s, molecular markers began to be used. Dr. Bassil and her research team developed the first microsatellite markers that have been widely put to use to individually differentiate blueberry, cranberry, and strawberry cultivars. While these markers are invaluable to the application of genebank management here in Corvallis, their application is enormous to the fruit industry. These markers have been applied by industry to identify propagation errors, determine intellectual property infringements, and confirm mislabeled cultivars throughout the world.