Research Update: Strawberry Variety Options for Alabama Growers

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By Clint Thompson Alabama Extension strawberry research trials yielded two viable variety options for growers when compared to Camarosa, the market standard. Edgar Vinson, assistant research professor and Extension specialist in the department of horticulture at Auburn University, led the research, evaluating five different varieties at the Chilton Regional Research and Extension Center. “The objective of this study was to …

Whitefly Research at UGA-Tifton

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By Clint Thompson Whiteflies are the basis for Teddy McAvoy’s fall research at the University of Georgia (UGA) Tifton campus. Whether it is testing susceptible varieties or researching alternative methods of whitefly management, the UGA Extension vegetable specialist’s focus is clear this fall; provide growers with better solutions in combating whiteflies. “It’s bad this year. We’re doing leaf counts, and …

AI-Enhanced System Detects Bruised Strawberries

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Bruises in fruit can be caused by multiple factors: compression, impact or vibration during harvesting, transportation and packaging operations, said Xue Zhou, a doctoral student at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Zhou works with Yiannis Ampatzidis, a UF/IFAS associate professor, and Won Suk “Daniel” Lee, a professor, both …

UF/IFAS Researchers Discover Genes Responsible for Flavor Compounds in Strawberries

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University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) scientists have found the genes behind several aromatic chemicals that enhance the strawberry’s taste. These findings will help UF/IFAS researchers Vance Whitaker and Seonghee Lee as they study the sources of the unique aroma in strawberries. The genes that control aroma and flavor are connected. “Finding the sources of a …

UF Study Shows ‘Aromatic’ Blueberries Taste Better

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They may be called “aromatic” blueberries, but they don’t just smell nice — they taste good. University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) scientists now know why: These fruits contain just the right genetic combination to produce the chemistry required for a pleasant blueberry flavor. Growers and consumers always seek better-tasting fruit, compelling blueberry breeders like Patricio …