WRRC Research Grants

Washington Red Raspberry Commission


Grant amount: Up to US $200,000

Anticipated deadline: Dec 12, 2018

Applicant type: Organizations Faculty Postdoctoral Researcher Working Professional

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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Overview:

Every year the Washington Red Raspberry Commission decides on the areas of research that the Board feels are most significant. Then the Commission requests proposals from those who do research through the publication of a RFP (request for proposal). Though most research has traditionally been done by Land Grant University scientists, anyone can offer a proposal for consideration.

After the annual meeting held in December, the Commission decides on the amount of funds it can spend to support research. The Commission receives the proposals and the Board chooses those they feel will benefit the industry the most. Board members are volunteers and it’s to their credit that they take the time and energy to sift through the proposals and make a decision for the good of all Washington red raspberry growers.

Washington Red Raspberry Commission Research Priorities 2018

#1 priorities

  • Develop cultivars that are summer bearing, high yielding, winter hardy, machine-harvestable, disease resistant, virus resistant and have superior processed fruit quality
  • Maximum Residue Limits (MRL) – residue decline curves, harmonization
  • Fruit rot including pre harvest, post-harvest, and/or shelf life.
  • Management options for control of the Spotted Wing Drosophila

#2 priorities

  • Soil fumigation techniques and alternatives to control soil pathogens, nematodes, and weeds.
  • Understanding soil ecology and soil borne pathogens and their effects on plant health and crop yields.
  • Foliar & Cane diseases – i.e. spur blight, yellow rust, cane blight, powdery mildew
  • Root weevils
  • Mite management
  • Alternative Management Systems – AY, reduce cost of production/lb.

#3 priorities

  • Labor saving practices – ex. Pruning, AY, public/private technology partnerships
  • Nutrient Management – Revise OSU specs, Consider: timing, varieties, appl. techniques
  • Irrigation management – application techniques including pulsing
  • Viruses/crumbly fruit, pollination
  • Weed management – especially horsetail
  • Management options for control of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB)
  • Cane Management including suppression
  • Pest Management as it affects Pollinators
  • Effect on BRIX by fungicide and fertility programs
  • Season extension: improve viability of fresh marketing

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • WRRC grants are open to non-profit organizations, including commodity groups/associations and farmers' groups, private enterprises such as pest consultants and food processors, university and extension programs.