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Seminar: Dr. Hamid Ashrafi – Helping Producers and Training of the Next-Generation Blueberry and Plant Breeders
August 31, 2020 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Breeding Blueberries Along with Other Specialty Crops through Conventional and Modern Techniques: Helping Producers and Training of the Next-Generation Plant Breeders
Dr. Hamid Ashrafi, Assistant Professor
Department of Horticultural Science, NC State
Monday, August 31, 2020, at 3:00 pm
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Meeting ID: 949 2040 4461
Hamid Ashrafi was appointed as an assistant professor in the Department of Horticultural Science in April 2015. During the past five years, he has been the lead PI of the blueberry breeding and genomics program at NCSU. Developing blueberry cultivars for North Carolina is at the core of his mission. In addition, commercializing of noncompeting varieties, either ornamental or non-ornamental, has always been of his interest. His team in Raleigh and Research Stations at Castle Hayne (J. Spencer and formerly T. Bland) and Sandhill work tirelessly during the peak of blueberry production season to collect data from their field plots and harvest fruit for laboratory analyses. During the last five years, Ashrafi and Spencer have made >200 crosses, evaluated 20,000 seedlings, made 200 selections, tested 40 selections in advanced replicated trials. They are planning to release three cultivars for early, mid, and late-season production within the next few years while two other disclosures are pending for patent application. Due to the climate changes and unexpected weather patterns, multiple hurricanes, and the significant reduction of pollinators’ activities in NC, the farm gate value of blueberry production has declined by 26% from 2015 to 2018.