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Yoonseok Song, Hyun Ku Kim, and Kit L. Yam

Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ 08903. This work was supported by Hatch funds. We thank Nick Vorsa of the New Jersey Blueberry & Cranberry Research Center for useful discussions and for providing us with the blueberries for experiment. The cost of publishing

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Donna A. Marshall, James M. Spiers, and Stephen J. Stringer

Rabbiteye ( Vaccinium ashei Reade) blueberry production has steadily grown from less than 300 commercial acres in 1976 to ≈15,000 commercial acres in 2006 in the southeast United States (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and

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Patricio A. Brevis, Nahla V. Bassil, James R. Ballington, and James F. Hancock

The blueberry is a recent major fruit crop to be brought under cultivation; improvement through breeding and selection did not begin until 1909 ( Coville, 1937 ). The primary gene pool of blueberry consists of three species, highbush blueberry

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Kim E. Hummer

NORTH AMERICAN BLUEBERRY SPECIES Blueberries ( Vaccinium ) and huckleberries ( Gaylussacia and Vaccinium ) are members of the Ericaceae (heath family). Vaccinium has a circumboreal distribution but also has many named species native in the South

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Qin Yang, Er Liu, Yan Fu, Fuqiang Yuan, Tingting Zhang, and Shu Peng

Blueberry is a perennial evergreen or deciduous shrub that is native to North America ( Wang et al., 2017 ). Northern highbush blueberry ( Vaccinium corymbosum ), rabbiteye blueberry, and southern highbush blueberry ( V. corymbosum interspecific

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D. Scott NeSmith

Poor fruit set and small berry size can limit production of rabbiteye blueberries ( Vaccinium ashei Reade) grown in the southeastern United States ( Scherm et al., 2001 ). Some factors that affect fruit set include pollinator population during

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Anne M. Socci, Marvin P. Pritts, and Mary Jo Kelly

A mixed cultivar blueberry planting was treated with a concentrated sucrose solution before fruit ripening and after episodes of rain during the harvest season. Fruit losses due to birds were monitored throughout the season in this planting and in the same cultivar in a separate nontreated planting ≈200 m (650 ft.) away. Fruit loss to birds was ≈50% greater in the nontreated planting over the first 3 weeks of harvest. In addition, bird activity was monitored between 0600 and 0700 hr on two occasions in each planting during the early harvest season. Bird activity was many times higher in the nontreated planting. These observations suggest that sucrose should be tested more widely for potential activity on bird feeding behavior.

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Anna K. Kirk and Rufus Isaacs

( Prunus armeniaca L.), cherry ( Prunus avium L.), peach [ Prunus persica (L.) Batsch], pear ( Pyrus communis L.) ( Anstey, 1966 ), and sunflower ( Helianthus anuus L.) ( Goyne et al., 1977 ), but this has not been accomplished for highbush blueberry

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William Sciarappa, Sridhar Polavarapu, James Barry, Peter Oudemans, Mark Ehlenfeldt, Gary Pavlis, Dean Polk, and Robert Holdcraft

When blueberries were first selected from the forests of New Jersey and cultivated in the early 1900s, the traditional culture of this native smallfruit was essentially organic in nature. Commercial examples of organic horticulture being used

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Ingrith D. Martinez and P.M. Lyrene

97 ORAL SESSION 20 (Abstr. 524–531) Small Fruit/Viticulture: Production & Physiology of Raspberries/Blueberries/Cranberries