UK plant material and breeding management firm takes on US-bred blueberry varieties

Norfolk-based Global Plant Genetics (GPG) has been appointed international manager for the breeding of one of the USA's largest blueberry breeders.

MegasBlue - image: Global Plant Genetics
MegasBlue - image: Global Plant Genetics

GPG co-owner Rupert Hargreaves said: "This is an exciting development in the blueberry world. We have a renowned international presence in the management of intellectual property with a strong focus on our blueberry portfolio.

"The quality of the plant breeding, the commitment of the team at Oregon Blueberry Farms and Nursery, as well as their desire to internationalise their blueberry genetics, makes this a perfect combination for our two companies."

Oregon Blueberry Farms and Nursery has been breeding blueberries for 16 years. Two high chill varieties, the ealy Titanium and the mid-season MegasBlue, will be the first to be developed internationally.

Its owner Bob Gabriel said: "There will be more exciting advanced selections coming through the pipeline shortly."


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