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Published in Scientific Papers. Series B, Horticulture, Vol. LXVII, Issue 2
Written by Dan Nicolae POPESCU, Cosmin Alexandru MIHAI, Ana Cornelia BUTCARU, Mihaela IORDĂCHESCU, Adrian ASĂNICĂ

Highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum L.) is a significant specie in terms of economical, nutritional, and medicinal point of view. Beside these attributes it is well known for its high anthocyanin content and antioxidant activity. Therefore, obtaining new valuable blueberry genotypes resilient to climatic changing conditions is a priority for breeders. The genotypes studied were obtained by a classical breeding method, respectively by free pollination, the seeds being prior cold stored and then sown in seedlings trays with acidic peat. Germination lasted even two years for some genotypes. The study presents the first phenotypic results for the obtained genotypes, highlighting differences and similarities regarding the foliar system and health status. Thirteen local (including 'Safir’, 'Compact’, 'Simultan’) and international (Duke, Pink Lemonade, Berkeley, etc.) blueberry cultivars were used as parents. The results enclose twenty hybrids obtained from free pollination.

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