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Ebrahiem M. Babiker, Stephen J. Stringer, Barbara J. Smith, and Hamidou F. Sakhanokho

The United States has more than 75,000 acres of cultivated blueberries. One-third of this production is in the Southeastern region, which is on track to be a major hub of U.S. production within the next few years. Two types of blueberries, rabbiteye

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Alisson P. Kovaleski, Jeffrey G. Williamson, Bruno Casamali, and Rebecca L. Darnell

Pruning blueberries is a recommended practice to maintain the balance between vegetative vigor and reproductive growth ( Mainland, 1989 ; Shutak and Marucci, 1966 ; Williamson et al., 2004 ; Yarborough, 2006 ). Pruning improves light penetration

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Alisson P. Kovaleski, Rebecca L. Darnell, Bruno Casamali, and Jeffrey G. Williamson

Pruning blueberry ( Vaccinium spp.) bushes is an important cultural practice ( Mainland, 1989 ; Shutak and Marucci, 1966 ; Williamson et al., 2004 ) that, if done properly, results in a balance between plant vigor and cropping, and ensures new

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Ebrahiem M. Babiker, Stephen J. Stringer, Hamidou F. Sakhanokho, Barbara J. Smith, and James J. Polashock

Blueberries rank as the second most important berry crop in North America with a total area of 96,869 ha ( Strik, 2006 ). As blueberry acreage increases, pathogen diversity and diseases become a more important issue. Stem blight, caused by the

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Paul M. Lyrene

Tetraploid blueberry cultivars with a 100- to 400-h chill requirement (mean temperature of the coldest month 13 to 16 °C) are being grown in central and northeast Florida, in parts of Georgia and California, and in Argentina, Chile, Australia, and

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Robert K. Prange and Perry D. Lidster

provided blueberries and a fumigation chamber. Partial support was provided by Liquid Carbonic. The cost of publishing this paper was defrayed in part by the payment of page charges. Under postal regu. lations, this paper therefore must be hereby marked

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Fumiomi Takeda, Gerard Krewer, Elvin L. Andrews, Benjamin Mullinix Jr, and Donald L. Peterson

Blueberry production in the southern United States (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee) has expanded to more than 18,750 acres and now makes up 29% of the planted acreage of rabbiteye and highbush

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Andrew Raymond Jamieson

The expansion of the highbush blueberry (principally Vaccinium corymbosum L.) industry worldwide is supported by several successful breeding programs that have created cultivars with improvements in fruit size and firmness while retaining a

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Rajeev Arora and Lisa J. Rowland

and with high midwinter-hardiness did not always exhibit high DA resistance, which is perhaps related to other climatic and developmental factors. Others have also made similar observations; among blueberry cultivars ( Rowland et al., 2005 ), potato

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Rufus Isaacs, Vicki Morrone, and Dariusz Gajek

Acknowledgement is made to the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station for support of this research. The authors thank Dave Trinka of Michigan Blueberry Growers Association and Chris Hodgeman for technical assistance. Early drafts of this paper