AN OUTLINE ON RESEARCH AND UTILIZATION OF BLACKBERRY IN CHINA
Research work on adaptability, cultural techniques, breeding and fruit processing of blackberry has been carried out since the fruit tree was introduced into China by the Institute of Botany, Jiangsu Province and the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1986. The regional cultivation test showed that center and south parts of China are suitable to plant blackberry due to good biological adaptability, high yield and high-quality fruit. Based on observation and evaluation of adaptability, biological and economic traits, Hull, Chester, Boysen, Kiowa, Navaho, Brazos, Shawnee and Triple Crown were identified as suitable cultivars to release to planters in the areas on the lower-middle reaches of the Yangtze River. In the breeding program carried out by Institute of Botany, Jiangsu Province and the Chinese Academy of Science, almost all of the wild Rubus species in China were collected for breeding aim, 2 promising strains and over 20 plants have been selected through seedling selection, cross and mutation breeding. Some blackberry products have been developed, such as fruit drink, sacchar-can, wine, jam, pigment and seed oil, which will take blackberry into a bright future in China.
Weilin Li, , Wenlong Wu , and Lianfei Lu, (2012). AN OUTLINE ON RESEARCH AND UTILIZATION OF BLACKBERRY IN CHINA. Acta Hortic. 926, 393-399
introduction, breeding, cultivation, processing