OSU-USDA Berries

Description:

'Onyx'—Trailing Blackberry

Oregon State University is seeking to commercialize Onyx, a new blackberry hybrid plant. Jointly developed by the OSU Horticulture department and USDA Agricultural Research Service, Onyx yields firm, sweet, and high quality fruit that is suitable for local and wholesale fresh market. Yields and berry quality have been evaluated extensively in observation plots and commercial orchards. In these trials, berry yield and berry weight of Onyx were better than or comparable to the yield and weight of two other commercially available blackberry plants. When compared to the commercial blackberries, Onyx has better color, higher firmness, and can better withstand damage from cold. In a small scale trial, Onyx berries showed little or no damage during shipping and handling.

  Application

  • High yield, excellent fruit quality, and healthy plants
  • High quality fresh fruit for late season
  • Berry flavor is sweet and fruity, and has less acidity

*A U.S. Patent application has been filed and is currently Patent Pending.

  Product Features and Benefits

  • Readily processed into frozen fruit, puree, juice or dried
  • Optimal firmness and skin toughness makes it suitable for handling and shipping
  • Displays minimum damage due to cold weather


  'Vintage'—Red Raspberry

Oregon State University is seeking to commercialize Vintage, a new raspberry cultivar. Jointly developed by the OSU Horticulture department and USDA Agricultural Research Service, Vintage yields bright red colored, sweet, flavorful fruit that is suitable for local and wholesale fresh market. Yields and fruit quality have been evaluated extensively in observation plots and commercial orchards. Fruit characteristics such as color, flavor, texture and firmness of Vintage were evaluated against a commercially comparable variety, Heritage. Vintage berries were found to have better characteristics, specifically in color and flavor tests. Vintage berry yield was found to be comparable or better than Heritage yields.

  Application

  • Attractive, uniform sized, rounded berries
  • High quality fresh fruit for late season
  • Berry size is 30-35% larger than Heritage berry

*A U.S. Patent application has been filed and is currently Patent Pending.

  Product Features and Benefits

  • Glossy, bright red berries with excellent flavor—suitable for several fresh fruit applications
  • Better retains its shape after freezing and thawing
  • Mother plant tested negative for a range of plant viruses


  

‘Columbia Star’ - Thornless Blackberry

Oregon State University is seeking to commercialize the Columbia Star Blackberry. In a collaboration between the USDA-Agricultural Research Service, the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station and the Washington Agricultural Research, they have created a thornless, machine harvestable, high quality blackberry for the processed fruit market. The plant has been harvested using an over-the-row machine in trials in Oregon and Washington and has performed extremely well. Columbia Star is the first commercial blackberry-type cultivar to be released using the ‘Lincoln Logan’ source of thornlessness. Columbia Star’s average yield was 16,750 kg/hectare with a conical shape and uniformly sized, shaped and arranged drupelets. The flavor was sweet with a nice acidic balance with aroma typical of western blackberries and with noticeable raspberry aromatic notes.

  Application

  • Fresh Fruit Market
  • Processed Fruit Market

     

    *A U.S. Patent application has been filed and is  currently Patent Pending. 

      Product Features and Benefits

    • Thornless
    • Ripe fruit separated easily from plant
    • Machine harvestable with high yields
    • Uniformly sized, conical shaped drupelets
    • Flavor is sweet with acidic balance and  blackberry/raspberry aromatic notes 


     

    Patent Information:
    Category(s):
    Agricultural
    For Information, Contact:
    Berry Treat
    IP & Licensing Manager
    Oregon State University
    berry.treat@oregonstate.edu
    Inventors:
    Chad Finn
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