CRANBERRY FERTILITY RESEARCH: ESTABLISHING THE DATABASE NEEDED TO SUPPORT EFFICIENT EXPERIMENTATION IN THE 90'S.

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  • 1 University of Massachusetts Cranberry Experiment Station, P. O. Box 569, East Wareham, MA 02538.

With dwindling funding for horticultural research, the need to conduct experiments which are the most efficient in terms of resource (including personnel) utilization becomes apparent. Research on minor crops such as cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon, Ait.) has been particularly hard-hit by the funding crunch. A study to generate a large database as the basis for future experimental design was initiated in 1986 for the variety `Early Black' (60% of MA commercial acreage). Seasonal nutrient levels for all tissues, patterns of biomass development, components of yield, and fruit development were included. In 1989, the study was expanded to include a comparison of 6 MA varieties grown under the same cultural and environmental condition. A portion of the database will be presented and its implementation to increase field experiment efficiency will be discussed.

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