[NAFEX] Fwd: Mississippi Blues -- Blueberries, That Is
Lon J. Rombough
lonrom at hevanet.com
Fri Jan 4 10:44:12 EST 2008
Begin forwarded message:
From: ARS News Service <NewsService at ars.usda.gov>
Date: January 4, 2008 4:16:14 AM PST
To: ARS News subscriber <lonrom at hevanet.com>
Subject: Mississippi Blues -- Blueberries, That Is
Reply-To: ARS News Service <NewsService at ars.usda.gov>
Mississippi Blues… Blueberries, That Is
ARS News Service
Agricultural Research Service, USDA
Jan Suszkiw, (301) 504-1630, jan.suszkiw at ars.usda.gov
January 4, 2008
--View this report online, plus photos and related stories, at
Combining tenacity with taste, Agricultural Research Service (ARS)
scientists in Poplarville, Miss., have bred three new blueberry
cultivars that can take the heat of growing in the South while offering
high yields of plump, phytonutrient-rich fruit.
Dixieblue, Gupton and DeSoto are the latest offerings from a blueberry
breeding program begun in 1971 at the ARS Southern Horticultural
Laboratory in Poplarville, Miss.
With the exception of the so-called rabbiteye varieties, locally grown
blueberries were nonexistent in Mississippi 30 years ago, primarily
because of that Gulf Coast state's heat, humidity, abundant insects and
occasional late-spring freezes. But when Hurricane Camille wiped out
the region's tung oil industry in 1969, ARS researchers went to work
developing blueberries as a viable alternative crop.
Thirteen blueberry cultivars and 2,500 acres later, the ARS Poplarville
lab is busier than ever furnishing Mississippi's burgeoning blueberry
industry with heat-tolerant plants whose fruit embodies the flavor,
firmness and shelf life that consumers and processors desire.
Take Gupton, for example. In storage tests conducted by ARS
horticulturist Donna Marshall, the cultivar's berries remained plump
and juicy for more than 30 days under normal refrigeration.
DeSoto, a new rabbiteye variety developed by ARS plant geneticist
Stephen Stringer, has potential to extend the Gulf Coast rabbiteye
season by up to three weeks. In Mississippi, this usually ends around
the first week of July, according to Stringer. DeSoto's berries also
don't suffer from splitting, which bursts open the fruit after it
becomes waterlogged, such as from an afternoon rain shower.
Dixieblue, a highbush cultivar, yields light-blue, medium-sized berries
with a slightly flattened shape. Besides breeding and storage tests,
the Poplarville team's research includes determining the best time to
harvest berries for optimal flavor and elevated levels of antioxidants,
especially anthocyanins and phenolics.
Read more about this research in the January 2008 issue of Agricultural
Research magazine, available online at:
ARS is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief scientific research
This is one of the news reports that ARS Information distributes to
subscribers on weekdays. Send feedback and questions to the ARS News
Service at NewsService at ars.usda.gov.
* You are subscribed to "ARS News" as lonrom at hevanet.com.
* To change the address, please notify the ARS News Service at
NewsService at ars.usda.gov.
* To unsubscribe, send a blank email to
leave-140059-22236Y at ls.ars.usda.gov.
* Other ARS news products are available by e-mail. For details about
them or to subscribe, please contact the ARS News Service or visit
ARS News Service, Information Staff, Agricultural Research Service
5601 Sunnyside Ave., Room 1-2251, Beltsville MD 20705-5128
NewsService at ars.usda.gov | www.ars.usda.gov/news
Phone (301) 504-1636 | fax (301) 504-1486
-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: not available
Size: 4084 bytes
Desc: not available
Url : http://lists.ibiblio.org/mailman/private/nafex/attachments/20080104/db7fd949/attachment.bin
More information about the nafex