Location: Horticultural Crops Research
Project Number: 2072-21220-002-16-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Sep 10, 2012
End Date: Sep 9, 2017
1. Evaluate advanced breeding selection from SYs breeding program (USDA/ARS/NCSFR) and variety trials for objective attributes related to processing or fresh market potential. 2. Process samples of advanced selections, selected field crosses, and standard varieties for display to and evaluation by breeders and the industry. 3. Include blueberries, black raspberries, and other berries grown around the region along with strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries as has been done in the past. 4. Prepare summary of all data in report format for use by breeders and industry members.
Berries for this project will come mainly from plots at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center but may also come from other research fields in Corvallis or Washington or from grower fields. Selections and cultivars will be sampled throughout their harvest periods to track variations in fruit quality over time. New selections will be processed and analyzed from one to three times. Advanced selections will be sampled weekly. Amendment #5 adds funds to continue the current research objectives and will be used to process and evaluate current advanced selections and varieties and prepare results for use by industry and breeders. Amendment #6 adds funds to develop regionally adapted blueberry cultivars.