Harmonization of Blueberry and Rubus Certification Guidelines
The NCPN-Berries group is working with various State Departments of Agriculture to implement pilot projects on the Harmonization of Blueberry and Rubus certification. These efforts are being supported through the Farm Bill section 10007 on Protecting American Agriculture. Pilot projects are underway for blueberry in Michigan, Oregon and Washington.
Virfind Bioinformatics Pipeline
Virfind is a custom-made bioinformatics pipeline able to detect all known viruses and most importantly identify new ones. The pipeline, funded by NCPN, is publicly available since 2014 and is being used by hundreds of users on all continents. In recent months it has expanded its user base to include human, animal and marine virology. For more information please visit the Virfind website.
Recent NCPN-affiliated publications on berry crop viruses:
Thekke-Veetil, T. and Tzanetakis, I.E. 2016. First report of strawberry polerovirus-1 in strawberry in the United States. Plant Disease, in press
Thien Ho, T., Quito-Avila, D., Keller, K.E., Postman, J.D., Martin, R.R. and Tzanetakis, I.E. 2016. Evidence of sympatric speciation of elderberry carlaviruses. Virus Research 215: 72-75. doi.10.1016/j.virusres.2016.01.017
Lanning, K.K., Moore, P.P. and Martin, R.R. 2015. First report of a resistance-breaking strain of Raspberry bushy dwarf virus in red raspberry (Rubus idaeus) in North America. Plant Disease, http://dx.doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-09-15-1011-PDN.