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James Ballington

Emeritus Professor

Kilgore Hall 260

919.515.1214

Teaching responsibilities in plant propagation and small fruit production. Research responsibilities with small fruits, especially breeding, genetics, and taxonomy in Vaccinium Fragaria and Rubus. Research emphases include: germplasm enhancement and breeding adapted cultivars of blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries; disease and insect resistance; micropropagation and in-vitro polyploidy induction; phylogenetic relationships among Vaccinium species.

Cultivar Releases

CULTIGEN NAME RELEASED
IMPORTANT TRAITS
Blueberry – Northern Highbush
Bluechip 1977
Bounty 1987
Pender 1997
Small to medium size, adapted to mechanical harvest for processing only
Echota 1998
Blueberry – Southern Highbush
Blue Ridge 1987
Cape Fear 1987
O’Neal 1987
Reveille 1990
Adapted to mechanical harvest for the fresh market
Bladen 1992
Adapted to mechanical harvest for the fresh market
Summit 1997
Duplin 1998
Sampson 1998
Arlen 2000
Craven 2003
Adapted to mechanical harvest for the fresh market
Lenoir 2003
Adapted to mechanical harvest for the fresh market
Pamlico 2003
Adapted to mechanical harvest for the fresh market
Beaufort 2005
Adapted to mechanical harvest for the fresh market; US Plant Patent applied for
Carteret 2005
Adapted to mechanical harvest for the fresh market; US Plant Patent applied for
New Hanover 2005
US Plant Patent applied for
Blueberry – Rabbiteye
Centurion 1977
Premier 1977
Powderblue 1977
Montgomery 1997
Ira 1997
Yadkin 1997
Onslow 2000
Columbus 2002
Robeson 2005
US Plant Patent applied for; resembles rabbiteye in plant and fruit traits, but actually pentaploid with 2n = 5X = 60 chromosomes
Blueberry – Ornamental
Bloodstone 1984 ?
Wells’ Delight 1984 ?
Strawberry
Bish 2003
Galetta 2007
Blackberry
NC194 1995
Primocane fruiting
Raspberry
Nantahala 2007 Red raspberry
Grape – Muscadine
Regale 1980 ?
Sterling 1980 ?
Nesbitt 1985 ?