USDA Berries - Berry Crops

Technology Description -- 'Charm' Strawberry
CHARM has held up well with excellent yields in the second harvest season and therefore was assumed to be relatively tolerant to viruses. The most outstanding characteristics of CHARM are its high yield of easily harvested fruit with excellent flavor that were well adapted to diverse and trying locations. The fruit also has a full, balanced sweet-to-acid strawberry flavor.

Features & Benefits

  • High yielding cultivar
  • Easily capped
  • Particularly well suited for ice cream formulations
  • Tolerant for viruses
  • Excellent flavor

Applications

  • Fresh fruit market
  • Processed fruit market particularly for ice cream formulations

Background of Invention
Oregon State University is looking to commercialize CHARM, a high-yielding, medium-large sized, easily-capped, cultivar with excellent processed fruit quality that is particularly suited to ice cream formulations. CHARM is a result of a collaborative effort between Oregon State University Agriculture researchers and Washington State University Agriculture researchers.

Status
Plant Patent PP25,300 issued and available for non-exclusive licensing

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Technology Description -- 'Columbia Star' 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.

Features & 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

Applications

  • Fresh fruit market
  • Processed fruit market

Status
Plant Patent PP25,532 issued and available for non-exclusive licensing

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Technology Description -- 'Onyx' 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.

Features & Benefits

  • 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
  • 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

Status
Plant Patent PP22,358 issued and available for non-exclusive licensing

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Technology Description -- 'Sweet Sunrise' Strawberry
Sweet Sunrise is a high yielding cultivar that has been successfully tested in multiple trials in Oregon as well as Washington and British Columbia. The strawberry has scored well in subjective evaluations of fresh fruit characteristics and as a processed fruit. Sweet Sunrise has a full, and balanced sweet-to-acid strawberry flavor with a deep red internal color.

Features & Benefits

  • High yielding cultivar
  • High quality processed fruit
  • Full, balanced sweet-to-acid strawberry flavor
  • Ripening in the early midseason

Applications

  • Fresh fruit market
  • Processed fruit market

Background of Invention
Sweet Sunrise is a joint effort between Oregon State researchers and Washington State researchers. The most outstanding characteristics of Sweet Sunrise are its exceptional fruit quality as a fresh or processed product, its medium-large fruit size and its ripening in the early midseason and these make it well suited for the fresh or processed fruit markets.

Status
Plant Patent PP25,223 issued and available for non-exclusive licensing.

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Technology Description -- 'Vintage' 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.

Features & Benefits

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

Status
Plant Patent PP24,198 issued and available for non-exclusive licensing.

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Technology Description -- 'Mini Blues' Blueberry
‘Mini Blues’ is a blueberry clone distinguished by its high yield of very small fruit that can be harvested by machine, has excellent flavor, and is well suited to the processed fruit industry on a bush that is vigorous and upright. This new blueberry cultivar was discovered in Corvallis, Oregon in July 1999 and originated from a cross between the female blueberry plant ‘US 647’ (unpatented) and the male blueberry parent ‘US 645’ (unpatented); the cross was made in East Lansing, MI. The original seedling of the new cultivar was asexually propagated at a nursery in Benton County, Ore. The new cultivar was established in vitro from a stem cutting and microcuttings have been taken and rooted from this sort of culture. The present invention has been found to be stable and reproduce true to type through successive asexual propagations.

Features & Benefits

  • High quality small fruit that can be machine harvested
  • High quality small fruit that are well suited to applications where small fruit particularly well suited for ice cream formulations
  • High yields

Applications

  • Commercial blueberry growers
  • Commercial blueberry processors

Background of Invention
Mini Blues’ is a new distinct northern highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum L.) variety distinguished by its high yield of very small fruit that can be harvested by machine, has excellent flavor and is well suited to the processed fruit industry and the fruit are borne on a vigorous and upright bush.

Status
U.S. Plant Patent Application 14/545,561
Filed: May 21, 2015

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Technology Description -- 'Columbia Giant' Blackberry
The most outstanding characteristics of ‘Columbia Giant’ are its good yields of extremely large well- formed fruit. The fruit quality is excellent for fresh due to its visual appeal. The extremely large size, over 12 g, can make packaging in clam shells for fresh market problematic but the size is very positive for local retail sales or if specialized packaging is used. ‘Columbia Giant’, is thornless and can be machine harvested for a high quality processed product.

Features & Benefits

  • Obscenely large, attractive fruit
  • Uniformly sized, conical shaped, firm fruit
  • Full flavor that is slightly tart but has a good sweet with acidic balance and blackberry/raspberry aromatic notes
  • Thornless
  • Machine harvestable with very good yields

Applications

  • Fresh Fruit Market
  • Processed Fruit Market

Background of Invention
Oregon State University is seeking to commercialize ‘Columbia Giant’ thornless trailing blackberry. The USDA-Agricultural Research Service in collaboration with the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station Centers developed Columbia Star blackberry that in addition to being thornless has extremely large fruit that are machine harvestable with outstanding fruit quality that is expected to be useful particularly in fresh but also in processing markets.

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

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Technology Description -- 'Columbia Sunrise' Blackberry
‘Columbia Sunrise’ is the earliest ripening thornless blackberry currently on the market. It has very good yields of medium sized well-formed fruit that taste good. ‘Columbia Sunrise’ can be machine harvested for the processed market. The early ripening characteristic gives fresh market growers an extended season and processed growers a cultivar option that, due to its early ripening, will need fewer insecticide applications for spotted winged drosophila.

Features & Benefits

  • Thornless cultivar that ripens 10-14 d before current earliest ripening thornless blackberry. Ripens with late ripening strawberries!Uniformly sized, conical shaped, firm fruit
  • Uniformly sized, firm fruit

Applications

  • Fresh Fruit Market
  • Processed Fruit Market
  • Machine harvestable with very good yields

Background of Invention
Oregon State University is seeking to commercialize ‘Columbia Sunrise’ thornless trailing blackberry. The USDA-Agricultural Research Service in collaboration with the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station Centers developed ‘Columbia Sunrise’ blackberry that in addition to being thornless has extremely early ripening fruit that are machine harvestable with outstanding fruit quality that is expected to be useful for fresh and processing markets.

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

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Technology Description -- 'Kokanee' Raspberry
Oregon State University is seeking to commercialize ‘Kokanee’ a new red raspberry cultivar that was jointly developed by the OSU Department of Horticulture and the USDA Agricultural Research Service. ‘Kokanee’ is a primocane fruiting (fall fruiting; everbearing) type raspberry that produces bright red, colorful, sweet and flavorful fruit that are suitable for local and wholesale fresh market. Yields and fruit quality have been evaluated extensively in observation plots and commercial plantings. In addition to production in the Pacific Northwest, ‘Kokanee’ has worked well in tunnel production in California, Mexico, and Spain.

Features & Benefits

  • Attractive firm and bright berries with very good flavor that are suited to shipping Uniformly sized, firm fruit
  • Productive
  • Later thereby extending season later

Applications

  • High quality, fresh fruit for late season fresh market but later than Heritage
  • Attractive, uniformly sized, firm, conic berries Machine harvestable with very good yields
  • Berry size is 50-60% larger than for Heritage

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

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Technology Description -- 'Marys Peak' Strawberry
'Marys Peak' is a high yielding strawberry that is suited to production in perennial matter row systems. The plants are vigorous and open. This plant architecture combined with large and firm fruit and high yields make ‘Marys Peak’ very efficient to pick and desirable to harvest labor. The fruit are firm with good internal and external color. While suited for wholesale fresh market sales, it will be primarily grown for thee processing market. The fruit have very good flavor and have very good quality after being frozen and thawed.

Features & Benefits

  • Efficient to harvest as large fruit, open plant habit, and high yielding.
  • Large firm fruit with excellent color and flavor.
  • Short-day (June-bearing) cultivar

Applications

  • Fresh Fruit Market
  • Processed Fruit Market

Background of Invention
Oregon State University is seeking to commercialize ‘Marys Peak’ strawberry. The USDA-Agricultural Research Service in collaboration with the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station Centers developed ‘Marys Peak’ strawberry that is notable for its high yields of large fruit that are efficient to harvest and that are well adapted to processing.

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

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Technology Description -- 'Hall's Beauty' Blackberry
‘Hall’s Beauty’, tested as ORUS 3453-2, was selected in Corvallis, Ore. in 2008 from a cross made in 2005 of NZ 9629R-1 (NZ 9336FI.0 x NZ 9256RHB.4) and ORUS 1939-2 (NW 8832-1 [NZ 8316I21 {‘Boysen’ x ‘Marion’} x ‘Waldo’] x ‘Siskiyou’). ‘Hall’s Beauty’ carries the ‘Lincoln Logan’ source of thornlessness. A U.S. Patent application has been filed.

Features & Benefits

  • High quality and early ripening fruit with excellent flavor
  • Very attractive, large, double-petaled flowers
  • Machine harvestable for processing and firm enough for wholesale fresh fruit market

Applications

  • Commercial fruit market for processing
  • Commercial fruit market for fresh market or pick-your-own sales
  • Ornamental/homeowner market for flower and fruit attractiveness

Background of Invention
‘Hall’s Beauty’ is a thornless, machine harvestable, high quality trailing blackberry that has extremely large, attractive and ornamental flowers with double petals, that produce large, well-formed berries for the fresh or the processed fruit market. ‘Hall’s Beauty’ is an outstanding ornamental thornless, trailing blackberry with excellent fruit quality, a particularly sweet flavor, and good yields. While it is desirable for the fresh market, it is also suited for the processed fruit market. The relatively early ripening characteristic is expected to reduce the exposure of developing fruit to spotted winged drosophila (Drosophila suzukii). ‘Hall’s Beauty’ should be adapted to areas where other trailing blackberries can be successfully grown.

Status
U.S. Plant Patent Application No. 15/530,950

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Technology Description -- 'Echo' Blueberry
Repeat flowering and fruiting in blueberry is unusual in northern temperate climates. ‘Perpetua’ was the first of these sorts to be released and ‘Echo’ is an offspring of ‘Perpetua’. ‘Echo’ has a relatively small crop in spring and a larger crop in late summer. The combination of attractive foliage, fruit, and flowers at a time in the season where there is really nothing like it is appealing. It is an attractive ornamental year round and should be especially suited to summer nursery sales when the plant is particularly attractive.

Features & Benefits

  • Repeat flowering and fruiting
  • Gorgeous combination of flowers, glossy foliage, and green and blue fruit in late summer
  • Year-round ornamental interest
  • Multiple crops of pleasant, flavored blueberries

Applications

  • Ornamental berry market
  • May be useful for markets where fruit that attracts birds is desirable

Background of Invention
‘Echo’ is a repeat flowering and fruiting ornamental blueberry developed by the USDA-Agricultural Research Service in collaboration with the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station. ‘Echo’ was selected in Corvallis, Ore. in 2010 from a population grown from a cross of ‘Perpetua’ (U.S. Plant Pat. 24,209) x ORUS 55-1 (selection of CVAC 21.00 [PI 296397]) open pollinated seed). Both parents are repeat flowering. The plant’s characteristics for fruit size, leaf shape, and leaf size are intermediate to those of Vaccinium corymbosum L. (highbush blueberry) and V. angustifolium Aiton (lowbush blueberry). The combination of green and blue fruit, flowers, and glossy foliage is especially stunning in late summer as an ornamental.

Status
U.S. Plant Patent Application No. 15/530,947

Patent Information:
Tech ID:
EXT-13-01
Category(s):
Agricultural
Contact:
Denis Sather
Senior IP & Licensing Manager
Oregon State University
541-737-8806
denis.d.sather@oregonstate.edu
Inventors:
Chad Finn
Keywords:
Agriculture
Berry
Blackberries
Blackberry
Blueberries
Chad Finn
Charm
Columbia
Columbia Star
Cultivar
Finn
Food Science / Nutrition
Fresh Fruit
Fruit
Onyx
Plant Varieties
Raspberries
Raspberry
Red Raspberry
Star
Strawberries
Strawberry
Sunrise
Sweet
Sweet Sunrise
Sweet Sunrise Strawberry
Thornless
Trailing
Variety
Vintage
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