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Man with blueberries

Aug 2, 2023

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Berry Breeding

A Ph.D. from North Carolina State University prepared Ray Jacobs for a fruitful career as a subtropical plant breeder with Driscoll’s. 

an Alaska native bog blueberry on a tree

Aug 1, 2022

Beneficial Berries

Through a longstanding collaboration with communities in Alaska, Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences’ Mary Ann Lila is researching the health benefits a local berry has on sled dogs. 

NC State Extension blueberries

Jun 21, 2022

The Meteoric Rise of North Carolina Blueberries

The past, present and future of North Carolina's blueberry crop. 

a hand holding a pint of blueberries

Jun 16, 2022

Picking Blueberries for a Good Cause

Hundreds of pounds of blueberries gleaned from the Horticultural Research Center in Castle Hayne are donated to a local food bank. 

Woman near a blueberry bush in a greenhouse

Sep 3, 2021

Redpath Unlocks Doors to Faster Blueberry Breeding

In her doctoral research, Lauren Redpath searches for genetic keys for better blueberries. At the same time, she’s using skills she’s learned at NC State to kickstart her plant improvement career. 

Blueberries on a branch

Jun 7, 2021

The Beloved Blueberry: Five Facts

N.C. blueberries are a summertime treat, and NC State scientists work to make them better for farmers and consumers. 

Desk with laptop and strawberry measuring equipment

Jun 30, 2020

Berrying On

This year's berry crops yielded lessons in adaptability for Extension experts. They weighed strawberries in the garage, delivered masks to farms, connected via technology and never stopped listening. 

Two scientists in greenhouse pollinating blueberry plants

Apr 9, 2020

Cross Pollination

Two blueberry researchers cross continents to forge a partnership aimed at improving what’s already considered a superfood. 

blueberries in the field

Jun 26, 2017

Breeding Better Blueberries

Scientist Hudson Ashrafi builds on a strong NC State tradition in developing berries benefiting consumers and farmers alike. 

Jul 13, 2015

Hot summer blues

New technologies at the Castle Hayne Research Station, coupled with NC State plant-breeding research, promise smoother harvests and better blueberries.