Blueberry tree research could help growers branch out

Oregon State University is hoping to lower production costs for growers by engineering a new breed of blueberry that develops as a tree opposed to the traditional bush. Blueberry agents from the university have tested a grafted blueberry “tree” that grows on a single stem on a research plot at OSU’s North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora every year since 2009. The blueberry industry contributed $107.5 million in sales to Oregon’s economy in 2012, and this research could boost one of the state’s top economic industries. 

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