California strawberries are about to get tastier and more environmentally friendly

By Madeline Wells

Did you know that almost 90 percent of American strawberries are grown in California? If so, did you also know that the University of California, Davis is responsible for developing about 60 percent of California’s strawberry varieties?

In the latest news from these strawberry connoisseurs, scientists at UC Davis have developed five new types of the berry set to hit the market this fall.

“These new varieties are intrinsically different from the ones they replace,” said Steve Knapp, professor and director of the UC Davis Strawberry Breeding Program, according to a news story on the UC Davis site. “After more than three years of field tests, we’re seeing higher yields, greater disease resistance and better quality after harvest.”

 

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