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NEWS RELEASE

Date: February 17, 2005
For more information: Contact NABGA

North American Bramble Growers Research Foundation Makes 2005 Grants

At its meeting on February 16th, 2005, the board of the North American Bramble Growers Research Foundation (NABG-RF) was pleased to authorize four grants to bramble research for a total of $7385.62. The Foundation had received ten proposals for a total request of over $27,000.
The IR-4 Project, a federal program that supports pesticide-related research in minor crops, received $3000 (through the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricutural Sciences, Charles Meister). With additional funds provided by IR-4, three of the proposals--a total of $8000 of bramble research--will be fully funded. The projects that will be funded through the IR-4 Project are:

  • Establishment of Apache and Chickasaw Blackberries, Monitoring, Detection, and Prevention of Raspberry Crown Borer (Frank Matta, Edward Heard, Mississippi State University) 
  • Weed Management Evaluation in Established Brambles (Katie Jennings, David Monks, NC State University) 
  • Cultural Strategies and Organic Fungicides for Managing Gray Mold on Raspberries (Elsa Sanchez, Kathleen Demchak, Pennsylvania State University) 

The NABG-RF also funded three individual proposals:

  • Impact and Management of Strawberry Bud Weevil on Raspberry (David Handley, James Dill, Renae Moran, University of Maine) 
  • Development of a Simple System for Blackberry Shelf Life Evaluation (Penelope Perkins-Veazie, USDA-ARS; John Clark, University of Arkansas) 
  • Predicting Flowering Time of Blackberry (Brent Black, Fumiomi Takeda, USDA-ARS) 

An additional project will be funded using NABGA's general funds. This project, A Rapid Distribution Network for Caneberry Pesticide Updates and Production Tips (Doug Pfeiffer, Anthony Bratsch, and Jerry Williams, Virginia Tech) will develop a list-serve and website to disseminate information on new pesticide registrations, changes in product status, general production information, and more. 

Funds for the NABG-Research Foundation come from several sources. These include a percentage of members' dues, additional donations by members, and fundraising events.  

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