[NAFEX] Black Raspberry and freeze info

Hal Love lovehd at comcast.net
Fri May 4 11:00:10 EDT 2007


Brambles in general were unscathed here in northern TN. Even the ones below
me in a major frost pocket seem fine. The black raspberries are just
beginning to bloom now, blackberries are at, or a little past, full bloom. I
have heard some reports from other areas in TN, and particularly in N
Alabama and Georgia where spring was a bit more advanced, that the
blackberries were severely damaged in some areas. As the black raspberries
bloom a little later, they were possibly spared. I'll keep my eye out for
them as I travel around the area over the next few weeks.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Michael Dossett" <phainopepla at yahoo.com>
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Wednesday, May 02, 2007 11:39 AM
Subject: [NAFEX] Black Raspberry and freeze info

> Hi everyone,
> We have recieved a grant from the National Plant
> Germplasm System and the Plant Exploration Office to
> do some plant collecting in June and July from South
> Carolina across northern Georgia, Alabama, and into
> Tennessee as well as a second trip stretching from
> Kansas City to Bismark, North Dakota.  The main focus
> of this trip is going to be to collect fruit of wild
> black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis) along the
> southern and western edges of the range to evaluate
> genetic diversity in wild populations as well as
> general horticultural merit.  Collections will all go
> to the National Clonal Germplasm Repository so it can
> be accessed by researchers around the world.  In
> addition to black raspberry we will be collecting wild
> fragaria and vaccinium as we find them.
> I'm hoping some of you on the list can provide me with
> information regarding the status of these wild fruits
> in the wake of the freeze Easter weekend.  I'm curious
> how badly plants were affected and whether we'll be
> able to collect fruit this season along this route.
> In addition if anyone has information on specific
> locations or general areas where they know these
> plants are growing wild along these routes I would be
> most appreciative.
> Thanks for all your help,
> Michael Dossett
> Corvallis, Oregon
> Michael Dossett
> Corvallis, Oregon
> www.Mdossettphoto.com
> phainopepla at yahoo.com
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