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Research Project: Cranberry Field Research

Location: Vegetable Crops Research

Project Number: 5090-21220-004-02-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Sep 1, 2016
End Date: Aug 31, 2019

Objective:
Procure land for cranberry production research, and conduct cooperative research to develop cranberry germplasm and production practices that contribute to improved cranberry yield and quality, reduced inputs to manage cranberry pests and diseases, and enhanced water conservation for cranberry production.

Approach:
Conduct research under field conditions reflecting industry standards to maintain and evaluate diverse cranberry germplasm, and to develop alternative cranberry production practices that improve water conservation and decrease plant diseases and pests. Field evaluation will include performance trials of breeding stocks and wild relatives; pesticide and biological control trials to evaluate the efficacy of established and novel practices in controlling pests and diseases; herbicide trials to evaluate weed control measures; frost tolerance and winter hardiness trials to evaluate abiotic stress resilience; and hydrological monitoring and management trials to develop optimal water conservation practices and management approaches. Postharvest crop yield and quality will be evaluated cooperatively. Data resulting from research will be used to develop approaches for improved production practices.