Anthracnose fruit rot plagues blueberries, especially in Florida. In fact, it’s among the fruit’s most damaging diseases.
To manage the disease, farmers normally spray the crop with fungicides, but on a calendar basis – in other words, ... READ MORE
Blueberries were once known as star berries because of the pointy flower calyxes on top of the berries. Blueberries have grown in North America for thousands of years. Native Americans dried the berries in the sun and crushed them into a powder ... READ MORE
Mid-March to May is the peak growing season for blueberries in Florida. Between u-picks, roadside stands, farmers markets and grocery stores, consumers have plenty of choices to find fresh, delicious berries. Thanks to UF/IFAS’ plant breeding ... READ MORE
March brings the start of Florida’s blueberry production, harvest and shipping season. The state’s blueberry industry has grown rapidly in the past 20 years. Today, Florida farmers grow more than 5,200 acres of blueberries, producing about ... READ MORE
Can a computer “taste” a tomato or a blueberry? Well, not exactly, but it can tell scientists which volatiles in these fruits make them taste good, say University of Florida researchers.
UF/IFAS breeder and geneticist Marcio Resende wants ... READ MORE
Research in the UF/IFAS soil and water sciences department aims to help Florida’s expanding blueberry operations while also conserving water. Dr. Davie Kadyampakeni, assistant professor of citrus water and nutrient management at the UF/IFAS ... READ MORE
The UF/IFAS team that has released more than 250 fruit, vegetable and other plant cultivars in the past decade is getting even stronger.
Seven budding scientists from around the world arrived in Florida in August to work with Plant Breeders ... READ MORE
This self-paced online course teaches you how to grow blueberry and blackberry plants in Florida home gardens. Topics include variety selection, preparing to plant, care and maintenance, pest management, and even a section on raspberries!
Registration ... READ MORE
There is nothing more satisfying than growing your own food at home! One unique plant to try your hand at is blueberries. Brevard County 4-H is offering a new project for the 2020-2021 4-H year focused on raising blueberry plants.
If you've ... READ MORE
Chew on this the next time you eat a blueberry: [inlinetweet prefix="" tweeter="" suffix=""]Every single blueberry is the result of a flower that was pollinated by a bee.[/inlinetweet]
In other words: No buzz, no berry.
With that in mind, ... READ MORE