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Research Project: Genetic Improvement of Blackberry, Red and Black Raspberry, Blueberry, and Strawberry

Location: Horticultural Crops Production and Genetic Improvement Research Unit

Title: VacciniumCAP, a community-based project to develop advanced genetic tools to improve fruit quality in blueberry and cranberry

item IORIZZO, MASSIMO - North Carolina State University
item LILA, MARY ANN - North Carolina State University
item PERKINS-VEAZIE, PENELOPE - North Carolina State University
item Luby, Claire
item VORSA, NICHOLI - Rutgers University
item EDGER, PATRICK - Michigan State University
item Bassil, Nahla
item MUNOZ, PATRICIO - University Of Florida
item Zalapa, Juan
item GALLARDO, KARINA - Washington State University
item ATUCHA, AMAYA - University Of Wisconsin
item MAIN, DORRIE - Washington State University
item GIONGO, LARA - Fondazione Edmund Mach
item LI, CHANGYING - University Of Georgia
item Polashock, James
item SIMS, CHARLES - University Of Florida
item CANALES, ELIZABETH - Mississippi State University
item DEVETTER, LISA - Washington State University
item COE, MICHAEL - Cedar Lake Research Group
item CHAGNE, DAVID - Plant And Food Research
item COLONNA, ANN - Oregon State University
item ESPLEY, RICHARD - Plant And Food Research

Submitted to: Acta Horticulturae
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/27/2022
Publication Date: 1/31/2023
Citation: Iorizzo, M., Lila, M., Perkins-Veazie, P., Luby, C.H., Vorsa, N., Edger, P., Bassil, N.V., Munoz, P., Zalapa, J.E., Gallardo, K.R., Atucha, A., Main, D., Giongo, L., Li, C., Polashock, J.J., Sims, C., Canales, E., Devetter, L., Coe, M., Chagne, D., Colonna, A., Espley, R. 2023. VacciniumCAP, a community-based project to develop advanced genetic tools to improve fruit quality in blueberry and cranberry. Acta Horticulturae. 1362:71-80.

Interpretive Summary: We present an update on the Vaccinium CAP project, a nationwide transdisciplinary research approach to improve blueberry and cranberry breeding by enabling DNA-informed breeding to improve selection for desirable fruit characteristics.

Technical Abstract: The VacCAP project, funded in 2019 by the United States Department of Agriculture, is a transdisciplinary research effort to develop marker-assisted selection capacity in blueberry and cranberry breeding programs, enabling the selection and pyramiding of desirable fruit characteristics and thereby enhancing fruit quality and market value. Project teams include US and international scientists and breeders. The project objectives are to: 1) Establish genomic resources to enable effective association mapping studies in blueberry and cranberry; 2) Identify DNA markers associated with fruit quality characteristics in blueberry and cranberry; 3) Deliver molecular, genetic and genomic resources to improve fruit quality traits in blueberry and cranberry; 4) Assess the potential socio-economic impact of blueberry and cranberry fruit quality improvements on market demand; and 5) Engage Vaccinium stakeholders to transfer advanced phenomic and genomic tools to build an efficient cultivar development system. An overview of the project rational, objectives and updates/outcomes from the first two years of activities will be presented.