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Blueberry cultivation has increased dramatically as production has shifted into new regions. Blueberries are now widely available as food and also processed to be used in medicine and pharmaceuticals for their antioxidant properties. This new and practical book covers the major topics of interest to blueberry breeders and researchers including botany, physiology, nutrition, growth regulation, photosynthesis, environment, weeds, pests, diseases and postharvest management. The main focus is on the most important cultivated species, the highbush blueberry, although information on other blueberries and related species is also provided. It is an essential resource for soft fruit researchers, extension workers, academics, breeders, growers, and students.Hand harvesting of highbush blueberries is labour-intensive and requires as many as 1150 hours of labour per hectare ... Comparatively, the use of mechanical vibrators nearly tripled worker productivity and reduced harvesting cost by 55%. ... The harvester broke nine times as many canes as did commercial hand pickers.

Author:Jorge B. Retamales, Hancock and Retamales, James F. Hancock
Publisher:CABI - 2012


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