Dr. Jeremy Pattison’s research focuses on identifying and encouraging particular characteristics in the strawberry to produce a strawberry plant uniquely suited to the North Carolina climate. There are essentially three varieties currently used in commercial production. Those varieties were developed in California and Florida. Dr. Pattison’s breeding program will address the differences in climate conditions and seasonal variation. North Carolina is only the third state, joining California and Florida, to devote the resources to supporting a full-time strawberry breeder who is working developing an improved strawberry.
Evaluation of high tunnel production is also under way throughout North Carolina. High tunnels are used as a season extension tool for commercial fruit and vegetable growers. The varying degrees of success with high tunnel production across the state requires a close look at the economic viability of this system. Dr. Pattison is involved with the evaluation of high tunnel varieties and addressing production challenges.
Dr. Pattison is a contributor to the N.C. Strawberry Project, a partnership between N.C. State and the Johnson & Wales University culinary education program in Charlotte. The project connects the culinary world with producers and scientists to build understanding and mutual appreciation. With input from chefs and consumers, Dr. Pattison will tailor his breeding program to those traits deemed most desirable. Part of his team’s goal with this research endeavor is to produce a better tasting berry with a longer growing season. Longer availability would not only be a direct benefit to consumers, but also to the state’s economy.
Dr. Pattison’s lab is also partnering with the University of Florida on a project aimed at building disease resistance to Anthracnose crown rot, one of the major strawberry diseases growers face.
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Ruiz-Rojas, J. J., Sargent, D. J., Shulaev, V., Dickerman, A. W., Pattison, J., Holt, S. H., Ciordia, A. and Veilleux, R. E. 2010. SNP discovery and genetic mapping of T-DNA insertional mutants in Fragaria vesca L. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. 121(3): 449-463.
Samuelian, S., A. Baldo, J. Pattison and C. Weber. Isolation and linkage mapping of NBS-LRR resistance gene analogs in red raspberry (Rubis idaeus L.) and classification among 269 Rosaceae NBSLRR genes. Tree Genetics and Genomes. In press.
Johnson, C., J. Pattison, E. Clevinger, T. Melton, B. Fortnum and A. Mila. 2008. Clarifying the source of black shank resistance in burley and flue-cured tobacco. Plant Health Progress. doi:10.1094/PHP-2008-0618-02-RS.
Weber, C. A., J. Pattison and S. Samuelian. 2008. Marker Assisted Selection for Resistance to Root Rot in Red Raspberry Caused by Phytophthora fragariae var. rubi. P. Banados and A. Dale (eds.). Acta Hort. 777: 311-316.
Pattison, J.A., S. Samuelian and C. Weber. 2007. Inheritance of Phytophthora root rot resistance in red raspberry determined by generation means and molecular linkage analysis. Theor. Appl. Genet. 115 (2): 225-236.
Pattison, J.A. and C. A. Weber. 2005. Evaluation of Red Raspberry cultivars for Resistance to Phytophthora Root Rot. J. Amer. Pom. Soc. 59 (1): 50-56.
Pattison, J.A., W.F. Wilcox and C.A. Weber. 2004. A Hydroponic Method for Assessing the Resistance of Red Raspberry (Rubus idaeus L.) to Phytophthora fragariae var. rubi. HortScience 39 (7): 1553-1556.