Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/25/2002
Publication Date: 1/23/2003
Citation: Lewers, K.S. 2003. Usda-ars bramble research at beltsville. Meeting Abstract. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: The USDA-ARS bramble cultivar development program at Beltsville, Maryland has a long history. Perhaps the most valued success from this program has been the development of several thornless blackberry cultivars including Chester, which currently is the most commonly grown blackberry cultivar in the Eastern US. Bramble research at Beltsville was significantly scaled back several years ago but recently revived. Current research includes evaluation of cultivars and selections from several states and genetic mapping of primocane fruiting and disease resistance. These projects are collaborations with other researchers. The first steps toward reviving the cultivar development program also have been initiated. Cultivar development is less amenable to collaboration, though not impossible. Current goals include thornlessness, erect to semi-erect architecture, frost tolerance, cold hardiness, good shipping quality, including resistance to fruit rots, good flavor, and high nutritional value. Grower and nursery input regarding desirable traits is highly valued.