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UGA Blueberry Breeding: Developing and Sustaining an Industry D. Scott NeSmith Dept. of Horticulture Univ. of Georgia Griffin, GA.

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1 UGA Blueberry Breeding: Developing and Sustaining an Industry D. Scott NeSmith Dept. of Horticulture Univ. of Georgia Griffin, GA

2 UGA Blueberry Breeding Program Has Rich History Program got small start in 1930’s Dr. W. Thomas Brightwell 1945, a visionary. Great example of long term impact of Ag research!!

3 Today Today, program has research farms at Alapaha and Griffin.

4 Blueberry acreage explosive growth

5 Georgia Blueberry Farm-gate Value YearValue (million $) <

6 Georgia blueberry commercial industry

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8 Breeding Program Overview

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10 Blueberry Cultivar Development Timeline

11 BAD NEWS Takes 12 or more Years

12 GOOD NEWS HAVE PROGRAM CONTINUITY

13 Breeding to meet commercial industry challenges Increased fruit size for blueberries –increased consumer acceptance –increased harvest efficiency

14 Breeding to meet commercial industry challenges Early ripening varieties –higher market prices

15 Breeding to meet commercial industry challenges Short ripening periods and later flowering times –decreases frost risk, reducing usage of overhead irrigation, saving water and energy

16 Breeding to meet commercial industry challenges Increase fruit firmness –increases shelf life, long distant shipping –potential for mechanical harvest, saving labor

17 New products, new businesses

18 Ornamental Blueberries: Surround yourself with flavorful beauty!!

19 Support staff, facilities, and equipment

20 On-Farm Trials

21 Blueberry Field Day

22 Visitors from around the world

23 Recent Georgia Blueberry Variety Releases VARIETYYEAR RELEASEDPATENT Alapaha2001USPP 16,266 Ochlockonee2002USPP 17,300 Palmetto2003USPP 16,756 Rebel2004USPP 18,138 Camellia2005USPP 18,151 Vernon2006USPP 18,291 Blue Suede TM 2007USPP 21,222 Suziblue2008USPP 21,167 Southern Splendour2009USPP 22,692 Summer Sunset TM 2009USPP 23,374 Titan TM 2010USPPAF Georgia Dawn TM 2011USPPAF

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26 Summary UGA blueberry breeding program is rich in history. Blueberry variety development is a long term process. Our breeding goals are aimed at solving ever- changing grower needs. In addition to commercial blueberries, and program has expanded to include an ornamental component too. Varieties are having significant and immediate impact in Georgia, across the U.S. and around the world.

27 Thanks for your support!!!!


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