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University of Florida

2015 North Jefferson Street

Jacksonville, Florida,32206

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The University of Florida prides itself on its research facilities and encourages all students to partake, even during their freshman and sophomore years. For the 2015-2016 school year, UF received a record $724 million in funding for research projects. The sc...more

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Two of the most efficient ways to help growers through breeding are to reduce production costs and increase yield, says Patricio Munoz, an assistant professor of blueberry breeding at the University of Florida (UF).
To help reduce the cost of blueberry production, Munoz says breeders want to develop cultivars that are resistant to pests and... Patricio Munoz, assistant professor of blueberry breeding at the University of Florida, says researchers are trying to find new ways to go about the blueberry breeding process. The traditional blueberry breeding process can easily take 15 years, Munoz says. He believes finding new ways to shorten this process benefits everyone, including producers and consumers. By...


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Two of the most efficient ways to help growers through breeding are to reduce production costs and increase yield, says Patricio Munoz, an assistant professor of blueberry breeding at the University of Florida (UF).
To help reduce the cost of blueberry production, Munoz says breeders want to develop cultivars that are resistant to pests and diseases. He says this helps the grower not have to focus so much on disease and pest management in the field. Looking long-term, Munoz says the UF breeding program is focusing on cultivars with characteristics for the ability to be machine harvested, due to the decrease in the availability of domestic agricultural labor. By using breeding to increase yield, Munoz says researchers focus on timing. "It's not just about yield, it's actually yield at the right time," he says. If researchers do not get the right window of time early in the harvesting season with the cultivars, they are not helping the grower, Munoz explains. Munoz began working as a blueberry breeder in 2004 for a private company, before coming to UF as a faculty member in 2013. "I understand very well that the producer, at the end of the day, has a business to maintain. So in order to maintain that business, they need to make profit," he says. According to Munoz, it is important to produce cultivars for high-quality blueberries. He says it is key to get the berries to be the right size, have a good flavor and a good presentation.


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Patricio Munoz, assistant professor of blueberry breeding at the University of Florida, says researchers are trying to find new ways to go about the blueberry breeding process.
The traditional blueberry breeding process can easily take 15 years, Munoz says. He believes finding new ways to shorten this process benefits everyone, including producers and consumers. By shortening the breeding process, the cultivars are able to be planted faster for producers, allowing the new, improved blueberries to be on the market faster for consumers. "We need to keep moving with technology," Munoz says. "Technology is advancing very fast ... We need to try to take advantage of that and benefit it for stakeholders." Munoz says breeders are trying to use statistical and genomic research to find more accurate methods of selection in blueberry characteristics. In one line of research being done for the breeding process, he says researchers are attempting to predict how cultivars will perform by using genomic data from previous cultivars. The researchers are trying to find what genes are associated with characteristics that are important in commercial blueberry production, including size, presentation and good flavor, he says. Along with this, researchers are attempting to take a gene from one cultivar and move it to a new cultivar to save time in the breeding process. Munoz says it is important to point out that the traditional process for breeding blueberries is not being removed. "All these different things that we are doing are just more tools in the toolbox that we use as more modern breeders," he concludes.


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Two of the most efficient ways to help growers through breeding are to reduce production costs and increase yield, says Patricio Munoz, an assistant professor of blueberry breeding at the University of Florida (UF).
To help reduce the cost of blueberry production, Munoz says breeders want to develop cultivars that are resistant to pests and...


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