Raspberries & Blackberries

Postharvest research at UGA focuses on reducing waste

While the dilemma of how to feed a rapidly increasing population has focused primarily on how to increase yields through growing practices or improving the plant itself, a growing field of research focuses on reducing... more »

Automated test developed for detecting diarrheal pathogens in berries

A test that speeds detection of a human diarrheal disease than causes illnesses and outbreaks in fresh produce including berries, leafy greens and herbs has been developed. Since 2018, more than 8,000 cases of cyclosporiasis... more »

Fruit specialists tackle extreme weather issues

North American Extension specialists are offering their expertise in three webinars designed to help growers confront changing weather patterns that threaten fruit crops. The third season of the North American Virtual Orchard Meetups will focus... more »

University of Arkansas leads blackberry genome project

An international team of scientists has assembled the first complete sequence of the blackberry genome, creating a genetic tool that will help guide fruit breeders to develop new varieties with improved flavor, hardiness and other... more »

Balchem organic registrations to aid tree fruit, grapes, berries

Balchem Plant Nutrition has received registration for two organic foliar products that can aid growers of organic fruit and vegetables. The new product combinations provide convenient and safe solutions for organic fruit and vegetable growers,... more »

Sun Belle blackberries in peak production

Optimal temperatures and growing conditions are resulting in peak production of Sun Belle blackberries and Green Belle organic blackberries from central Mexico through late May. Premium proprietary varieties Aketzali and Amelali, as well as the... more »

Vegetable breeder Rijk Zwaan enters soft fruit breeding

Expanding its product profile, vegetable seed breeder Rijk Zwaan has entered soft fruit breeding. Since the company‚Äôs 1924 foundation, Rijk Zwaan has been active in vegetable breeding. The company is now launching a new breeding... more »

Bernadine Strik, berry research innovator, dies

Bernadine Strik, a leading U.S. berry authority, has died. Strik, 60, died on April 14 in Corvallis, Oregon. Strik, a veteran Oregon State University professor of horticulture and Extension berry crop specialist and researcher, was... more »

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