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First class fruit on show

Photograph of Glen Fyne raspberries
It’s a forum for an exchange of ideas and gives the scientific work a real purpose.

Cutting-edge raspberry and blackcurrant varieties that are still in scientific trials at the world-leading soft fruit breeder, the James Hutton Institute will be showcased for the first time at the annual industry field event Fruit for the Future on 19 July.

Farmers, agronomists, food industry professionals and anyone interested in a preview of the future taste and texture of their bowls of summer berries is welcome to attend the free event from 1.30 – 5.30pm at the James Hutton Institute at Invergowrie, near Dundee.

With the number of pest and disease control chemicals available to the soft fruit industry increasingly tightly controlled, some of the new collaborative research at the Institute is focused on integrated pest management. This latest work will be outlined in seminars by leading scientists and Blairgowrie farmer Peter Thomson will give a grower’s perspective on changes in crop management techniques.

The series of short seminars will be followed by tours of the trial plots. Scientists will reveal new varieties of blackcurrants and raspberries that are being bred for better flavour and shape as well as a longer fruiting season. Visitors will be able to taste, as well as inspect, the promising unnamed selections alongside commercial varieties recently released to the industry, such as Glen Fyne and the new processing variety, Glen Ericht.

Seminars on blackcurrants will deal with the latest work on fruit quality for processing and how nutritional compounds in the fruit are affected by crop management techniques. Researchers will demonstrate the new varieties being selected for high yields and greater resistance to pests and diseases.

Dr Rex Brennan, who leads the Institute’s soft fruit breeding programme, welcomes the annual opportunity to have a dialogue with growers and the food industry on the latest challenges they face.

He said: “The fruit breeding scientists at Hutton look forward to the day because it gives us a chance to talk about our work with the people who ultimately put it into commercial practice in the field. The dialogue is valuable; we hear their problems and figure out how we can address them. It’s a forum for an exchange of ideas and gives the scientific work a real purpose.”

In addition to presentations from James Hutton Institute scientists, visitors will hear from Dr Tim Miller of Washington State University’s advisory service on the latest findings and potential solutions for raspberry spawn control, a perennial problem for the industry.

Notes for editors

Fruit for the Future will be held from 1.30 – 5.30pm on Thursday 19 July 2012 at the James Hutton Institute, Errol Road, Invergowrie, Dundee DD2 5DA. Members of the press are invited to attend.

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Bernardo Rodriguez-Salcedo, Media Manager, Tel: +44 (0)1224 395089 (direct line), +44 (0)344 928 5428 (switchboard) or +44 (0)7791 193918 (mobile).

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.