Researchers from the University of Florida may have found genes enabling the cultivation of blueberries in Florida during the off-season, traditionally in autumn. This discovery could extend the market availability of locally grown blueberries, benefiting consumers and producers. Typically, blueberries are imported during fall when Florida's berries aren't in season.
The study evaluated 536 Southern Highbush Blueberry varieties, identifying those capable of fall production. The researchers confirmed a genetic mechanism different from traditional spring-flowering plants. This could help Florida producers offer fresh blueberries in the fall when prices are high due to imported berries. Ongoing research aims to improve this trait, and collaboration with horticultural scientists seeks to develop recommended practices for these varieties.
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