At an education session at January’s Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference, University of Florida (UF) Assistant Professor of Blueberry Breeding and Genomics Patricio Muñoz showed a list of blueberry varieties the university has released over the years.
Those 21 blueberry varieties have many different characteristics, but one of the new releases is unlike its predecessors.
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“They thought they would do better if they had their own breeding program that focused on what the consumer wants, and not just what on the farmer wants.”
Now, a growing firm called ScanTech Sciences is marketing its irradiation services for use with fresh produce.
All of these developments are good news for a younger generation of growers.
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