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The Cranberry Research Foundation (CRF) makes an ongoing effort to strategically fund projects that have immediate impact on the ability of Massachusetts cranberry growers to grow cranberries.  CRF focuses on projects that improve the sustainability of cranberry production while protecting the environment.

Funded for 2017:

Title: Defining New Approaches to Weed Management in Cranberry
Principal Investigator: Dr. Hilary Sandler, UMass Cranberry Station
CRF funds: $33,854
Research Objectives:

  • Screening novel herbicides.
  • Establish use patterns for new herbicide Aime EC.
  • Establish use patterns for Kerb.
  • Investigate QuinStar mechanism of delatyed efficacy against dodder.


Funded for 2016:

Title: Cranberry Insect Research: Scale Pest Management
Principal Investigator: Anne Averill, UMass Cranberry Station
CRF funds: $5,000
Research Objectives:

  • Scales - insecticide screen and monitoring.
  • Scales - scouting techniques and biocontrol.
  • Pollination - cage studies.
  • Pollination - is cranberry safe for bees?

Title: Effect of Fungicide and Timing of Application on Cranberry Fruit Rot
Principal Investigator: Dr. Erika Saalau Rojas, UMass Cranberry Station
CRF funds: $20,698
Research Objectives:

  • Develop fungicide regimes that effectively control field and storage fruit rot and perserve fungicide utility.
  • Evaluate the efficacy of two commercial formulations of polyoxin-D zinc salt, isofetamid (4th generation SDHI fungicide), and a plant biofungicide in combination with broad spectrum and reduced-risk fungicides against cranberry fruit rot.
  • Evaluate the timing of fungicide applications based on bloom phenology to determine the critical window for fungicide application.

Title: Urinary Proteome and Fecal Microbime Markers of Gut Barrier Dysfunction
Principal Investigator: Christian Krueger, University of Wisconsin
CRF funds: $5,000 (Total funding for project is $145,000)
Research Objectives:

  • Conduct a 20 subject clinical study to evaluat ethe ability of FWCP to improve gut barrier function in an obese but otherwise healthy human population.
  • Quantify urinary protein markers of GBD by Linear Quadrupole Ion Trap (LQT) Orbitrap Mass Spectrometry.
  • Quatify gut barrier permeability by analysis of lactulose and L-rhamnose ratios in urine 6 hours after oral injestion of multi-sugar drink.
  • Perform non-directed LTQ Orbitrap mass spectrometry analysis to identify shifts in urinary protein modulators of systemic diseases.
  • Perform mulitplix16S rRNA analysis to identify fecal microbiome shifts in response to FWCP consumption.

 

 

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