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Research Project: Management of Temperate-Adapted Fruit, Nut, and Specialty Crop Genetic Resources and Associated Information

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Title: There and back again; historical perspective and future directions for Vaccinium breeding and research studies

Author
item EDGER, PATRICK - Michigan State University
item IORIZZO, MASSIMO - North Carolina State University
item Bassil, Nahla
item BENEVENUTO, JULIANA - University Of Florida
item FERRAO, LUIS - University Of Florida
item GIONGO, LARA - Fondazione Edmund Mach
item Hummer, Kim
item LAWAS, LOVELY MAE - Auburn University
item LEISNER, COURTNEY - Auburn University
item LI, CHANGYING - University Of Georgia
item MUNOZ, PATRICIO - University Of Florida
item ASHRAFI, HAMID - North Carolina State University
item ATUCHA, AMAYA - University Of Wisconsin
item Babiker, Ebrahiem
item CANALES, ELIZABETH - Mississippi State University
item CHAGNE, DAVID - New Zealand Institute Of Plant & Food Research
item DEVETTER, LISA - Washington State University
item Ehlenfeldt, Mark
item ESPLEY, RICHARD - New Zealand Institute Of Plant & Food Research
item GALLARDO, KARINA - Washington State University
item GUNTHER, CATRIN - New Zealand Institute Of Plant & Food Research
item Hardigan, Michael
item Hulse-Kemp, Amanda
item JACOBS, MACKENZIE - Michigan State University
item LILA, MARY ANN - North Carolina State University
item Luby, Claire
item MAIN, DOREEN - Washington State University
item MENGIST, MOLLA - North Carolina State University
item OWENS, GREGORY - University Of Victoria
item PERKINS-VEAZIE, PENELOPE - North Carolina State University
item Polashock, James
item POTTORFF, MARTI - North Carolina State University
item Rowland, Lisa
item SIMS, CHARLIE - University Of Florida
item SONG, GUO-QING - Michigan State University
item SPENCER, JESSICA - North Carolina State University
item VORSA, NICHOLI - Rutgers University
item YOCCA, ALAN - North Carolina State University
item Zalapa, Juan

Submitted to: Horticulture Research
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/22/2022
Publication Date: 4/11/2022
Citation: Edger, P.P., Iorizzo, M., Bassil, N.V., Benevenuto, J., Ferrao, L.F., Giongo, L., Hummer, K.E., Lawas, L.F., Leisner, C.P., Li, C., Munoz, P., Ashrafi, H., Atucha, A., Babiker, E.M., Canales, E., Chagne, D., Devetter, L., Ehlenfeldt, M.K., Espley, R.V., Gallardo, K., Gunther, C.S., Hardigan, M.A., Hulse-Kemp, A.M., Jacobs, M.L., Lila, M., Luby, C.H., Main, D., Mengist, M.F., Owens, G.L., Perkins-Veazie, P., Polashock, J.J., Pottorff, M., Rowland, L.J., Sims, C.A., Song, G., Spencer, J., Vorsa, N., Yocca, A.E., Zalapa, J.E. 2022. There and back again; historical perspective and future directions for Vaccinium breeding and research studies. Horticulture Research. https://doi.org/10.1093/hr/uhac083.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/hr/uhac083

Interpretive Summary: Blueberries and their crop wild relatives include diverse culturally and economically important berry crop species. Blueberry and cranberry have gained particular interest and consumption worldwide over their relatively short domestication history (~100 years). Other species, including bilberry, lingonberry and ohelo berry, are largely still harvested from the wild but with crop improvement efforts underway. Here, we present a review article on these berry crops on topics that span taxonomy to genetics and genomics to phenomics and breeding. We highlight the accomplishments made thus far for each of these crops, along their journey from the wild, and propose research areas and questions that will require investments by the community over the coming decades to guide future crop improvement efforts. New tools and resources are needed to underpin the development of superior cultivars that are not only more resilient to various biotic and (abiotica) stresses and higher yielding, but also produce fruit that continue to meet a variety of consumer preferences.

Technical Abstract: The genus Vaccinium L. (Ericaceae) contains a wide diversity of culturally and economically important berry crop species. Blueberry (Vaccinium spp.) and cranberry (V. macrocarpon) have gained particular interest and consumption worldwide over their relatively short domestication history (~100 years). Other species, including bilberry (V. myrtillus), lingonberry (V. vitis-idaea) and ohelo berry (V. reticulatum), are largely still harvested from the wild but with crop improvement efforts underway. Here, we present a review article on these Vaccinium berry crops on topics that span taxonomy to genetics and genomics to phenomics and breeding. We highlight the accomplishments made thus far for each of these crops, along their journey from the wild, and propose research areas and questions that will require investments by the community over the coming decades to guide future crop improvement efforts. New tools and resources are needed to underpin the development of superior cultivars that are not only more resilient to various biotic and (abiotica) biotic stresses and higher yielding, but also produce fruit that continue to meet a variety of consumer preferences.