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Recent Publications

  1. Covarrubias-Pazaran G., Schlautman B., Diaz-Garcia L., Grygleski E, Polashock J., Johnson-Cicalese J., Vorsa N., Iorizzo M., and Zalapa J. 2018. Multivariate GBLUP improves Accuracy of Genomic Selection for Yield and Fruit Weight in Biparental Populations of Vaccinium macrocarpon Ait. Front. Plant Sci. 9:1310. DOI.
  2. Wang Y., Vorsa N., Harrington P.B., Chen P. 2018. Nontargeted Metabolomic Study on Variation of Phenolics in Different Cranberry Cultivars Using UPLC-IM - HRMS. J Agric Food Chem. 66:12206-1221. DOI
  3. Schlautman B. , L. Diaz-Garcia, G. Covarrubias-Pazaran, N. Schlautman, N. Vorsa, J. Polashock E. L. Ogden, A. Brown, Y. Lin, N. Bassil, E. J. Buck, C. Wiedow, S. McCallum, J. Graham, M. Iorizzo, L. J. Rowland, J. Zalapa. 2018. Comparative genetic mapping reveals synteny and collinearity between the American cranberry and diploid blueberry genomes. Mol Breeding (2018) 38: 9. DOI
  4. Schlautman B., Covarrubias-Pazaran G., Diaz-Garcia L., Iorizzo M., Polashock J., Grygleski E., Vorsa N. and Zalapa J. 2017. Construction of a high-density American cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon Ait.) composite map using genotyping-by-sequencing for multi-pedigree linkage mapping. G3 7:1177-1189. DOI
  5. Wang Y., Johnson-Cicalese J., Singh AP, Vorsa N. 2017. Characterization and quantification of flavonoids and organic acids over fruit development in American cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) cultivars using HPLC and APCI-MS/MS. Plant Sci. 262:91-102
  6. Daverdin, G., J Johnson-Cicalese, J Zalapa, N. Vorsa, J Polashock. 2017. Identification and mapping of fruit rot resistance QTL in American cranberry using GBS. Mol Breeding. DOI.
  7. Covarrubias-Pazaran, G., Diaz-Garcia, L., Schlautman, B., Deutsch, J., Salazar, W., Hernandez-Ochoa, M., Grygleski, E., Steffan, S., Iorizzo, M., Polashock, J. and Vorsa, N. 2016. Exploiting genotyping by sequencing to characterize the genomic structure of the American cranberry through high-density linkage mapping. BMC genomics 17(1), p.1. DOI
  8. Johnson-Cicalese J., J. Polashock, J. Honig, J. Vaiciunas, D.L. Ward and N. Vorsa. 2015. Heritability of Fruit Rot Resistance in American Cranberry. J Amer Soc Hort Sci 140(3):233–242.
  9. Polashock J., Zelzion E., Fajardo D., Zalapa J., Georgi L., Bhattacharya D., and Vorsa N. 2014. The American cranberry: first insights into the whole genome of a species adapted to bog habitat. BMC Plant Biology 14:165. DOI
  10. Georgi, L., J. Johnson-Cicalese, Honig,S J., Parankush D., Rajah, VD., Bhattacharya D., Bassil N., Rowland L.J., Polashock J., N. Vorsa, 2013. The first genetic map of the American cranberry: exploration of synteny conservation and quantitative trait loci. Theor Appl Genet 126:673-692. DOI
  11. Rodriguez-Saona, C., Vorsa, N., Singh A.P., Johnson-Cicalese J., Szendrei Z., Mescher M.C.and Frost C. J. 2011. Tracing the history of plant traits under domestication in cranberries: potential consequences on anti-herbivore defences. J. Exp. Bot. 62:2633-2644. DOI


  1. Ortiz, R. and N. Vorsa. 2004. Transmission of cyclical translocation in two cranberry cultivars. Hereditas 140:81-86. DOI
  2. Vorsa, N. and J. Polashock. 2005. Alteration of anthocyanin glycosylation in cranberry through interspecific hybridization. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 130:711-715.
  3. Ranger, C.M., J. Johnson-Cicalese, S. Polavarapu and N. Vorsa. 2006. Evaluation of Vaccinium spp. Illinoia pepperi (Hemiptera: Aphididae) Performance and phenolic content. J. Econ. Entomol. 99:1474-1482.
  4. Ranger, C.M., A.P. Singh, J. Johnson-Cicalese, S. Polavarapu, and N. Vorsa. 2007. Intraspecific Variation in aphid resistance and constitutive phenolics exhibited by the wild blueberry Vaccinium darrowi. J. Chem. Ecol. 33:711–729.

Health Related

  1. Durate, S., S. Gregoire, A.P. Singh, N. Vorsa, K. Schaich, W. H. Bowen, and H. Koo. 2006. Inhibitory effects of cranberry polyphenols on formation and acidogenicity of Streptococcus mutans biofilms. FEMS Microbiol. Lett. 257:50-56. DOI
  2. Kalkunte, S.S., Singh, A.P., Chaves, F.C., Gianfagna, T.J., Pundir, V.S., Jaiswel, A.K., Vorsa, N., Sharma, S. 2007. Antidepressant and antistress activity of GC-MS characterized lipophilic extracts of Ginko biloba. Phytother. Res. 21:1061-1065. DOI
  3. Gregoire, S., A.P. Singh, N. Vorsa, H. Koo. 2007. Influence of cranberry phenolics on glucan synthesis by glucosyltransferases and Streptococcus mutans acidogenicity. J. Applied Microbio. 103:1960–1968. DOI
  4. Wilson, T. S.L. Meyers, A.P. Singh, P.J. Limburg, and N. Vorsa. 2008. Favorable Glycemic Response of Type 2 Diabetics. J. Food Sci. 73(9):H241-H245. DOI
  5. Singh A.P. , R.K. Singh, K.K. Kim, K.S. Satyan, R. Nussbaum, M. Torres, L. Brard, N. Vorsa. 2009. Cranberry proanthocyanidins are cytotoxic to human cancer cells and sensitize platinum-resistant ovarian cancer cells to paraplatin. Phytotherapy Res. DOI

Blueberry Cultivar Releases

Highbush blueberry (in cooperation with USDA-ARS)
Duke (1988), Toro (1988), Nelson (1989), Sierra (1989), Sunrise (1990), Legacy (1993), Chanticleer (1997), Hannah's Choice (1999), Clara's Choice (1999)

Cranberry Cultivar Releases

Cranberry NJS98-23 (Crimson Queen), CNJ97-104-5 (Mullica Queen ®), NJS98-35 (Demoranville®), Scarlet Knight, Haines, Welker