North Carolina State University, USA
Genotype, environment, year, and harvest effects on fruit quality traits of blueberries (Vaccinium corymbosum L.) cultivars
Hamid Ashrafi is leading the blueberry breeding program at North Carolina State University. He did his PhD at Penn State and his post doc at UC Davis. He joined the department of horticultural science in April 2015. Since then the focus of his breeding program has been developing southern highbush blueberry cultivars that are adaptable to North Carolina environmental conditions and amenable to mechanical harvest with adequate firmness.
This project was a part of a larger project to phenotype and genotype >210 genotypes in order to perform a genome wide association mapping. Five genotypes were grown in two environments. In this study we report the G×E interaction of these five genotypes in two years and two locations in the USA.