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Research Project: Quality Evaluation of Berry Selections and Varieties

Location: Horticultural Crops Production and Genetic Improvement Research Unit

Project Number: 2072-21000-060-006-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Sep 1, 2022
End Date: Oct 31, 2024

1. Evaluate advanced breeding selection from the investigator's breeding program, Northwest Center for Small Fruits Research (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 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. 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.