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Agricultural Research Service

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Research Project: ADVANCING BLUEBERRY PRODUCTION EFFICIENCY BY ENABLING MECHANICAL HARVEST, IMPROVING FRUIT QUALITY & SAFETY, & MANAGING EMERGING DISEASES

Location: Appalachian Fruit Research Laboratory: Innovative Fruit Production, Improvement and Protection

Project Number: 1931-21000-018-04
Project Type: Reimbursable

Start Date: Oct 01, 2008
End Date: Aug 31, 2013

Objective:
To improve production efficiency and product quality of early season highbush blueberries in the southeastern United States by addressing genetic, horticultural, engineering, pathological, postharvest, and marketing challenges associated with mechanical fruit harvesting.

Approach:
Evaluate all aspects associated with mechanical harvestability using plantings of 4 or 5 advanced selections/cultivars from GA, NC, and FL blueberry breeding programs near Gainesville, FL and Tifton, GA. Evaluate trellis and crown restriction treatments to reduce ground loss and improve harvest efficiency.

Last Modified: 8/27/2014
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