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FY 2011 Speciality Crop Research Initiative Awards

Auburn University, Auburn, Ala., $1,542,160 – This project will develop and field test an inexpensive, accurate, easy-to-use biosensor for the detection of Salmonella contamination of fresh globe fruits (tomatoes, cantaloupes and watermelons).

University of California, Davis, Calif., $1,903,727 – This continuation grant builds on a 2009 grant to help producers remove postharvest impediments that are keeping consistently great tasting produce from being marketed without compromising food safety.

University of California, Davis, Calif., $50,000 – This project will develop effective controls for canker diseases of grape, stone fruits (apricot, cherry, nectarine, peach, plum), and nut crops (almond, pistachio, walnut) that are economically feasible and environmentally sound.

North-South Institute, Davie, Fla., $284,106 – This project will link small scale producers to sustainable market opportunities for ethnic specialty crops.

University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla., $2,202,711 – This project will develop a new variety of seedless, rot-resistant muscadine grape to be grown in the Southeast.

University of Georgia, Athens, Ga., $1,219,636 – This project will document the nutritional strength of present-day commercial and newer early-harvest pecan cultivars to support the U.S. pecan industry and its domestic and international marketing programs.

Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, $1,949,642 – This project will develop biorenewable and biodegradable containers as a greener alternative to the petroleum-based pots used in the container specialty crop industry.

University of Maryland, College Park, Md., $1,861,387 – This project will develop models used to predict the potential for food-borne disease epidemics.

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass., $3,318,651 – This project will research diverse pollination methods to insure the long-term profitability of fruit and vegetable production in the Northeast.

Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich., $2,472,895 – This project will develop innovative management technologies and tactics for apple and cherry production systems.

Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich., $2,044,335 – This project will address bird damage to blueberries, cherries, wine grapes, and ``Honeycrisp'' apples and will provide producers with cost-effective, environmentally sustainable bird management strategies.

Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich., $1,908,981 – This continuation grant builds on a 2009 grant to apply marker-assisted breeding to deliver improved plant materials to Rosaceae industries (apple, peach, sweet and tart cherries, and strawberry) and consumers.

Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich., $1,256,039 – This project will develop the genomic tools and training necessary for the floriculture industry to adopt molecular breeding techniques for petunia.

University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minn., $903,909 – This project will develop a viable bush-type hazelnut industry in the Upper Midwest, based on native Corylus americana and its hybrids with the European hazelnut for the purpose of diversifying agriculture to enhance ecological and economic sustainability.

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J., $1,866,558 - In collaboration with commercial basil growers, seed companies and buyers and distributors of fresh basil, this project will identify and develop improved basil varieties with resistance/tolerance to downy mildew, Fusarium wilt and chilling-injury.

Cornell University, Geneva, N.Y., $2,511,333 – This project will address the production and marketing constraints hindering the profitability and sustainability of emerging cold climate grape and wine industries in the Upper Midwest and Northeast.

Cornell University, Geneva, N.Y., $2,091,357 - This project will accelerate grape cultivar improvement by developing improved genetic technologies; the project will also work to improve communication between the science and grape industry communities.

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C., $2,490,839 - The goal of this project is to advance the productivity and profitability of U.S. fruiting vegetable enterprises by integrating grafting technologies into tomato and melon production systems.

Ohio State University, Wooster, Ohio, $50,000 – This project will host a workshop to address injuries to fruit and vegetable crops caused by drift of volatility of herbicides applied to row crops.

Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, Pa., $322,202 – This project will improve the long-term viability of the fresh U.S. grown mushroom industry by marketing mushrooms as an excellent source of Vitamin D.

Clemson University, Clemson, S.C. $50,000 – This project will address issues surrounding effective irrigation water application, runoff handling and remediation practices of ornamental crop growers to ultimately ensure an adequate supply of quality irrigation water while conserving and protecting current water sources.

Virginia State University, Petersburg, Va., $49,280 – This planning grant will facilitate bring together experts to address the bottlenecks that impede large-scale production of vegetable soybean in the United States.

Washington State University, Pullman, Wash., $1,005,292 – This continuation grants builds on a 2009 grant to develop improved tree fruit cultivars which contain desirable traits such as resistance to pathogens, superior fruit quality and machine harvestability.

Washington State University, Pullman, Wash., $49,506 – This project will bring together an advisory board to develop a roadmap containing research and outreach tasks directed at addressing stumbling blocks to raspberry cultivar development.

University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisc., $3,773,367 – This project will facilitate the rapid, efficient development and adoption of new potato varieties, reducing the acrylamide content of processed potato products.

USDA Agricultural Research Service, Albany, Calif., $624,502 – This continuation grant builds on a 2010 grant to research water management strategies that reduce the water requirement for grapes and manage salinity in vineyards.

USDA Agricultural Research Service, Corvallis, Ore., $1,590,717 – This project will develop and make available genomic tools for the improvement of black and red raspberry and begin the application of these tools in using wild black raspberry germplasm for crop improvement.

USDA Agricultural Research Service, Wyndmoor, Pa., $5,739,966 – This project will develop economically and environmentally sustainable pest management practices for the brown marmorated stink bug.

USDA Agricultural Research Service, Madison, Wisc., $1,332,040 – Using the draft genome sequence of cucumber, this project will develop translational genomics tools and use them to address two critical issues in cucumber production - resistances against a new destructive strain of the downy mildew pathogen and persisting potyviruses.