This proposal supports work among six laboratories at Rutgers University related to blueberry and cranberry research. A total of sixteen specific objectives divided between basic and applied research are covered. Vaccinium species (blueberry and cranberry) produce unique compounds such as proanthocyanidins that are linked with pest and pathogen resistance as well as numerous human health benefits. The importance of these compounds in the management of multi-drug resistant human pathogens could have major implications. In this proposal we are investigating a the role of these compounds in both plant health and resistance to insect and fungal pathogens) and human health. In this proposal we also plan to develop a complete sequence of the cranberry genome. This will provide a significant advance for all aspects of our research on cranberry and blueberry especially with regards to the elucidation and identification of biochemical pathways involved in secondary plant metabolism. We are concomitantly investigating several applied objectives aimed at improving yield and increasing farm efficiency. Since there is a large consumer demand for these crops and it is difficult to expand acreage increasing yield per acre and improving farm efficiency are the most achievable goals. Specifically we are developing methods for improved pest and pathogen management as well as breeding for improved varieties. The applied objectives are also linked with the basic objectives especially through the use of secondary plant metabolites.
|Effective start/end date||10/1/10 → 9/30/12|