Russian scientists will preserve the diversity of berry crops thanks to the bioresource collection
Innovation & Technology
Published Nov 17, 2023
A testing site for forest berry plants has been established in Moscow to preserve the gene pool of high-value plant species and reduce import dependence on domestic market. The site contains various species of forest berries, including highbush blueberries, lingonberries, cranberries, and cloudberries. The goal is to create a genetic bank and propagate these plants using cell and tissue culture to provide healthy planting material to domestic producers.
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To preserve the gene pool of high-value plant species and reduce import dependence in planting material and fruit products of forest berry plants on the domestic market, it was decided at the Timiryazev Academy 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 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. Timiryazeva, leading ...