Category Archive: SCRI

Specialty Crop Research Initiative

Nov 18

Meeting the demand for Eastern Broccoli

Broccoli is one of America’s most popular vegetables, worth nearly a billion dollars a year to farmers. A lot of broccoli is eaten in the East, but little is grown there. Buyers want eastern broccoli because locally grown food is popular, and high fuel prices raise costs. Unfortunately, current varieties under eastern growing conditions too …

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Nov 18

Increasing the Efficiency of Irrigation Water Applications with Smart Sensor Technology

More than 56.6 million acres of land were irrigated in the United States in 2007, of which 56% was irrigated by sprinkler and microirrigation systems. (1)  We are developing advanced sensor technology to precisely monitor plant water use, to allow for better control of irrigation water applications and increase the efficiency of water and nutrient …

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Nov 16

RosBREED: Improving the Profitability and Sustainability of the US Rosaceae Fruit Industry with Advanced Plant Breeding Tools

Fresh and processed products of the Rosaceae plant family (almonds, apples, apricots, blackberries, peaches, pears, sweet cherries, tart cherries, strawberries, raspberries, roses and other ornamentals) provide vital contributions to human nutrition, health and well being.  Collectively their production constitutes the economic backbone of many rural communities with a collective U.S. farm gate value of approximately …

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