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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2023

In Vitro Propagation of the Blueberry 'Blue Suede (TM)' (Vaccinium hybrid) in Semi-Solid Medium and Temporary Immersion Bioreactors

Le, Kim-Cuong; Johnson, Shannon; Aidun, Cyrus K. K.; Egertsdotter, Ulrika

Abstract

The production of blueberries for fresh and processed consumption is increasing globally and has more than doubled in the last decade. Blueberry is grown commercially across a variety of climates in over 30 countries. The major classes of plants utilized for the planting and breeding of new cultivars are highbush, lowbush, half-high, Rabbiteye, and Southern highbush. Plants can be propagated by cuttings or in vitro micropropagation techniques. In vitro propagation offers advantages for faster generation of a large number of disease-free plants independent of season. Labor costs for in vitro propagation can be reduced using new cultivation technology and automation. Here, we test and demonstrate successful culture conditions and medium compositions for in vitro initiation, multiplication, and rooting of the Southern highbush cultivar 'Blue Suede (TM)' (Vaccinium hybrid).

Keywords

blueberry; Blue Suede; TRADE; (Vaccinium hybrid); micropropagation; temporary immersion bioreactor

Published in

Plants
2023, Volume: 12, number: 15, article number: 2752
Publisher: MDPI