Russian scientists have created a collection of berry plants to reduce import dependence on planting material
Innovation & Technology
Published Nov 16, 2023
A testing site for forest berry plants has been established in Moscow at the Dendrological Garden. The site is part of the National Center for Medical Sciences' "Agricultural Technologies of the Future" initiative. The goal is to create a bioresource collection to preserve plant species, reduce import dependence, and promote genetic selection and accelerated plant propagation.
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To preserve the gene pool of high-value plant species and reduce import dependence on planting material and fruit products of forest berry plants on the domestic market, the Timiryazev Academy decided to create its own bioresource collection. For this purpose, highbush blueberries (mainly American varieties, but there are also varieties of Australian, New Zealand and Polish selection), Russian varieties of angustifolia blueberries, as well as semi-high hybrid varieties of American and Swedish selection, domestic varieties of common lingonberry, swamp cranberry and large-fruited cranberries, arctic princelings of Finnish, Swedish and Russian selection, cloudberries of Swedish selection. “All the plants took root in the year of planting and feel quite good,” said Sergei Makarov, Doctor of Agricultural Sciences, head of the Department of Ornamental Horticulture and Lawn Science of the Russian State Agrarian University-Moscow Agricultural Academy named after K. A. Timiryazev, leading ...