Episode 4: Berries

Love eating berries? Berries are healthy and nutritional powerhouses that taste delicious whether fresh, frozen, dried, or processed. Did you know there is a very good chance that some of the berries you eat can be traced back to varieties developed by ARS scientists?

In this four part podcast series, "Berries", we'll explore four types of berries—blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries—and ARS's role in developing new varieties.

Part 1: Blueberries

Learn how a USDA breeding program was responsible for the development of the blueberry growing industry in the southeastern United States and how ARS scientists have developed and are continuing to work with farmers to create new cultivars of blueberries that we all get to enjoy. 

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Part 2: Blackberries and Raspberries

ARS scientists created a thornless blackberry plant along with many new varieties of blackberries for the agricultural industry and a trellis system designed to protect and help pickers harvest blackberries. ARS scientists are also working with the individually quick frozen industry to pack the great taste of raspberries into your cool treats.

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