Learn about the Keepsake strawberry developed by ARS
Sweet, Juicy, Flavorful Berries Are Always In High Demand
In 2019, the American blackberry industry was valued at over $49 million. To help provide better options for growers and increase the blackberry market, ARS researchers with the Horticultural Crops Research Unit in Corvallis, OR, released two new varieties of blackberry: ‘Twilight’ and ‘Hall’s Beauty.’
‘Twilight’ is a thornless, semierect variety that ripens earlier and offers tougher skin than ‘Triple Crown,’ a current industry standard. Ideal for the fresh blackberry market, it offers additional durability and productive yields of firm, sweet fruit. ‘Hall’s Beauty’ is an early ripening, thornless, trailing blackberry cultivar with large and attractive flowers. It can be grown for both the machine-harvested processed food market and the hand-harvested fresh fruit market.
Explore Other Discoveries
Keepsake Strawberry Is A Keeper
Spotted Lanternfly Genome Sequenced
A team of ARS scientists in cooperation with Pacific Biosciences published the first genome of the invasive spotted lanternfly.
Using Canines to Detect Citrus Virus
Scientists are using dogs to sniff out citrus orchards for the devastating pathogen HBL, also known as Citrus Greening.
Helping Honey Bee Colonies Chill Out
Putting honey bees into indoor cold storage in October rather than November increases their chances of surviving the winter.
Mapping The Asian Giant Hornet’s Genome
ARS is helping lead the mapping of the first complete genome of the Asian giant hornet.
Preventing Soil Nutrient Leaching
Researchers determined that winter camelina and pennycress are effective in reducing excess nitrogen and preventing its escape from farmland.