Resistance to the Fruit Infection Phase of Mummy Berry Disease in Highbush Blueberry Cultivars

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A.W. StretchU.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Rutgers Blueberry and Cranberry Research and Extension Center, 125A Lake Oswego Road, Chatsworth, NJ 08019

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M.K. EhlenfeldtU.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Rutgers Blueberry and Cranberry Research and Extension Center, 125A Lake Oswego Road, Chatsworth, NJ 08019

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Sixty-eight highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum L.) cultivars and selections were evaluated over 3 years for their resistance to the fruit infection phase of mummy berry disease [Monilinia vaccinii-corymbosi (Reade) Honey]. Average incidence of fruit infection under test conditions was 34.3% in 1995, 14.4% in 1996, and 27.9% in 1997, with significant differences occurring among clones in all 3 test years. Several cultivars exhibited consistent resistance to mummy berry fruit infection across all years of testing. `Northsky', `Reka', `Northblue', `Cape Fear', `Bluegold', `Puru', and `Bluejay' were among the most resistant, and `Atlantic', `Berkeley', `Herbert', and `E-176' were among the most susceptible. The consistent resistant reaction of certain cultivars indicates that they may be suitable as parents for introducing resistance into a breeding program. No significant correlation was observed between blighting resistance and fruit infection resistance.

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