Saving Blueberries

Did you know the USDA has an official blueberry genebank? Plants are collected, grown and protected at a USDA Agricultural Research Service facility in Oregon.

Plant geneticist Mark Ehlenfeldt, left, and plant pathologist James Polashock examine blueberry plants to collect data on mummy berry fruit infection in order to evalutate resistance.
Plant geneticist Mark Ehlenfeldt, left, and plant pathologist James Polashock examine blueberry plants to collect data on mummy berry fruit infection in order to evalutate resistance.
courtesy Peggy Greb/ Agricultural Research Service