At the heart of our mission.

Bleuets NB Blueberries has always been engaged in research. This is one of BNBB pillars of action.

Results have been noticeable: better control of nuisance, improvement of techniques of harvesting and as a result; better fruit quality and impressive increase of production.

How do we support research?

BNBB’s support can take different forms:

  • Act as applicant for funding
  • Letter of support
  • Act as applicant for funding
  • Guidance in search of other funding
  • Grant direct financial support
  • Administrative support
  • Facilitate access and participation of producers in the conduct of a research project
  • Access to BNBB communication platforms

Research Committee

The Research Committee is made up of five NB wild blueberry producers:

  • Zack Fisher
  • Lane Stewart
  • Gary Friars
  • Alarie Lebreton
  • Murray Tweedie
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Economic Impact Assessment

2021’s Financial Impact

All of New Brunswick:

  • The wild blueberry industry contributed $81 million to the provincial GDP in 2021.
  • For every $1.00 created through primary production an additional $0.78 is generated through value-added processing revenue.
  • 43% of all revenue generated by wild blueberries will come from value-add products.

Northeastern New Brunswick:

  • The wild blueberry industry in Northeastern New Brunswick contributed over $35 million to the provincial GDP (200% increase to 2017).
  • Since 2017, the wild blueberry industry has increased its contributions to the provincial GDP by 200%.
  • 69% of all wild blueberry acres in New Brunswick are found in Northeast NB. If development of land continues, this number will increase to 77% in 2033.
  • If proposed acreage expansions occur, the value-add industry will increase 47% in Northeastern New Brunswick in 2033. This increases overall revenue of value-added by $20.3 million in 2033.

Projection into 2033

All of New Brunswick:

  • Planned expansions of the wild blueberry industry has a projected industry revenue of $72.9 million.
  • Planned expansions of the wild blueberry industry will create a contribution to the provincial GDP by $1.2 billion by 2033.
  • By 2033, the wild blueberry industry will have created over 10,000 jobs in New Brunswick.

Northeastern New Brunswick:

  • Planned expansions of the wild blueberry industry has a projected GDP of $610 million for Northeastern New Brunswick alone by 2033.
  • By expanding our wild blueberry industry, the combined labour income expected for Northeastern New Brunswick is $324 million combined in 2033.

Effects on Social Impact:

  • As a major industry in the Northeastern region of New Brunswick, wild blueberry operations support employment, income and generate spending in the area’s economy which helps increase income levels.
  • There was a 41.9% decrease in people who were in a low-income level in Gloucester County from 2015-2021, during a time of growth in the GDP and labour income for wild blueberry producers in the region.
  • Wild blueberries can boost tourism to the region.
    • Truman Blueberry Farms attracted over 100,000 tourists to the rural community of Aulac in one season.

Have a project? Take a look at our Research Policy.

Research Reports

NOTE: Documents marked as ‘Report $$’ are external and require payment to the hosting website to view.





REPORT: Enhancing Weed Management in New Brunswick Lowbush Blueberry Production

DESCRIPTION: Evaluating current and innovative weed management tools for New Brunswick lowbush blueberry production

ABSTRACT: Evaluation of Innovative Herbicides Applied in the Spring of the Sprout Year in Wild Blueberries

ABSTRACT: Evaluation of Fluazifop, Mesotrione and Tank Mixes for Grass Weed Control in the Cropping Year of Wild Blueberries

ABSTRACT: Evaluation of Hexazinone, Terbacil, Mesotrione and Tank Mixes Applied in the Spring of the Sprout Year for Grass and Goldenrod Control in Wild Blueberries

ABSTRACT: Evaluation of Fall Herbicide Application Followed by Hexazinone Application in the Spring for Lambkill and Rhodora Control in Wild Blueberries

ABSTRACT: Evaluation of Fall Application of Group Four Herbicides in Addition to Tank Mixes of 2,4-D Ester for Lambkill and Rhodora Control in Wild Blueberries

ABSTRACT: Evaluation of Fall Herbicide Application for Lambkill and Rhodora Control in Wild Blueberries Followed by Fall or Spring Pruning

ABSTRACT: Evaluation of Spring Herbicide Application for Lambkill, Rhodora and Bracken Fern Control in Wild Blueberries

ABSTRACT: Evaluation of Sethoxydim, Mesotrione and Tank Mixes for Poverty Oatgrass Control in the Cropping Year of Wild Blueberries

ABSTRACT: Evaluation of Spring Applied, Sprout-year Herbicides for Sheep Sorrel Control in Wild Blueberries

ABSTRACT: Evaluation of Fall Herbicide Applications after Pruning for Sheep Sorrel Control in Wild Blueberries



REPORT: Management of Bumblebees

REPORT: Ecological implications of reduced pollen supply in the alpine: a case study using a dominant cushion plant species

REPORT: Humming along or buzzing off? The elusive consquences of plant-pollinator mismatches

REPORT: The potential for indirect effects between co-flowering plants via shared pollinators depends on resource abundance, accessibility and relatedness

REPORT: Flies and Flowers II: Floral Attractants and Rewards

REPORT: A global meta-analytic contrast of cushion-plant effects on plants and on arthropods

REPORT: Diversification in Monkeyflowers: An Investigation of the Effects of Elevation and Floral Color in the Genus Mimulus

REPORT $$: Pollen Aggregation in Relation to Pollination Vector

REPORT $$: Annotated catalogue of the bees described by Léon Provancher (Hymenoptera: Apoidea)

REPORT $$: Development of a Pollination Service Measurement (PSM) method using potted plant phytometry

REPORT $$: Potential of bumble bees as bio-vectors of Clonostachys rosea for Botrytis blight management in lowbush blueberry

REPORT $$: Problem solving by worker bumblebees Bombus impatiens (Hymenoptera: Apoidea)

REPORT $$: Contextualising pollination benefits: effect of insecticide and fungicide use on fruit set and weight from bee pollination in lowbush blueberry

REPORT $$: The Relationship between Morphological and Behavioral Mimicry in Hover Flies (Diptera: Syrphidae)

REPORT $$: An artificial nesting substrate for Osmia species that nest under stones, with focus on Osmia inermis (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae)

REPORT $$: Pupal Development of Aethina tumida (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae) in Thermo-Hygrometric Soil Conditions Encountered in Temperate Climates

REPORT: Pesticides in Honey Bee Hives in the Maritime Provinces: Residue Levels and Interactions with Varroa mites and Nosema in Colony Stress

REPORT: Potential nocturnal insect pollinators of lowbush blueberry

REPORT: The behaviour of Bombus impatiens (Apidae, Bombini) on tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill., Solanaceae) flowers: pollination and reward perception

REPORT: Efficiency in pollen foraging by honey bees: Time, motion and pollen depletion on flowers of Sisyrinchium palmifolium Linnaeus (Asparagales: Iridaceae)

REPORT: Social Learning in Bumblebees (Bombus impatiens): Worker Bumblebees Learn to Manipulate and Forage at Artificial Flowers by Observation and Communication within the Colony

REPORT: Key to the Genera of Nearctic Syrphidae

REPORT: Sweeping beauty: is grassland arthropod community composition effectively estimated by sweep netting?

REPORT: Genomic islands of divergence are not affected by geography of speciation in sunflowers

REPORT: Revision of Nearctic Dasysyrphus Enderlein (Diptera: Syrphidae)

REPORT: Secondary Evolution of a Self-Incompatibility Locus in the Brassicaceae Genus Leavenworthia

REPORT: A systematic review of arthropod community diversity in association with invasive plants

REPORT: Laboratory efficacy and fungicide compatibility of Clonostachys rosea against Botrytis blight on lowbush blueberry

REPORT: Nutritional value and pesticide content of pollen collected by commercial honey bees Apis mellifera in the Maritime Provinces and its implication for honey bee health

REPORT $$: Bee visit rates vary with floral morphology among highbush blueberry cultivars (V accinium corymbosum L .)

REPORT $$: The potential of cleptoparasitic bees as indicator taxa for assessing bee communities

REPORT $$: The effect of sugar solution type, sugar concentration and viscosity on the imbibition and energy intake rate of bumblebees

REPORT $$: Revision and reclassification of Lasioglossum (Evylaeus), L. (Hemihalictus) and L. (Sphecodogastra) in eastern North America (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Halictidae)

REPORT $$: Acetylcholinesterase in honey bees (Apis mellifera) exposed to neonicotinoids, atrazine and glyphosate: laboratory and field experiments

REPORT $$: Do plant traits influence a species’ response to habitat disturbance? A meta-analysis

REPORT $$: Honey bees, neonicotinoids and bee incident reports: the Canadian situation

REPORT $$: Floral resources, body size, and surrounding landscape influence bee community assemblages in oak‐savannah fragments

REPORT $$: Predicting the sensitivity of butterfly phenology to temperature over the past century

REPORT $$: Phylogeny and taxonomic revision of all genera of C onopidae (D iptera) based on morphological data

REPORT: The Population Genomics of Sunflowers and Genomic Determinants of Protein Evolution Revealed by RNAseq

REPORT: Phylogeny of Leavenworthia S-alleles suggests unidirectional mating system evolution and enhanced positive selection following an ancient population bottleneck

REPORT: Exploring the possibility that Nordic apiculture can provide pollination services on the North Shore of Québec

REPORT: Bees of the Genus Dufourea Lepeletier (Hymenoptera: Halictidae: Rophitinae) of Canada

REPORT: The Alpine Cushion Plant Silene acaulis as Foundation Species: A Bug’s-Eye View to Facilitation and Microclimate

REPORT: Berry unexpected: Nocturnal pollination of lowbush blueberry

REPORT: Do pathogen spillover, pesticide use, or habitat loss explain recent North American bumblebee declines?

REPORT: Wallengrenia Egeremet (Hesperiidae): A New Population for Western Canada

REPORT: Cluster Flies (Calliphoridae: Polleniinae: Pollenia) of North America

REPORT: From birds to bees: applying video observation techniques to invertebrate pollinators

REPORT: Insect pollination: commodity values, trade and policy considerations using coffee as an example

REPORT: A mathematical model for population dynamics in honeybee colonies infested with Varroa destructor and the Acute Bee Paralysis Virus

REPORT: Reciprocal gender effects of a keystone alpine plant species on other plants, pollinators, and arthropods

REPORT $$: Lethal and sublethal effects of some insecticides recommended for wild blueberry on the pollinator Bombus impatiens

REPORT $$: Review of New World Sericomyia (Diptera: Syrphidae), including description of a new species

REPORT $$: Ultraviolet reflectance mediates pollinator visitation in Mimulus guttatus

REPORT $$: Sex-ratio variation and the function of staminodes in Aralia nudicaulis

REPORT $$: Pollen-ovule ratios in seven species of Vaccinium (Ericaceae) and stamen structure in Vaccinium myrtilloides and Vaccinium vitis-idaea

REPORT $$: Ecosystem services of pollinator diversity: a review of the relationship with pollen limitation of plant reproduction

REPORT $$: The use of pollination networks in conservation

REPORT $$: Responses of insect pollinators and understory plants to silviculture in northern hardwood forests

REPORT $$ :Different toxic and hormetic responses of Bombus impatiens to Beauveria bassiana, Bacillus subtilis and spirotetramat

REPORT $$: Pollination biology and genetic variability of a giant perfumed flower (Aristolochia gigantea Mart. and Zucc., Aristolochiaceae) visited mainly by small Diptera

REPORT $$: A comparative analysis of the evolution of imperfect mimicry

REPORT $$: Reduction in deformed wing virus infection in larval and adult honey bees (Apis mellifera L.) by double‐stranded RNA ingestion

REPORT $$: Characteristics of Honey Bee and Non-Apis Bee (Hymenoptera) Farmsin Canada

REPORT $$: Effect of bee-vectored Beauveria bassiana on greenhouse beneficials under greenhouse cage conditions

REPORT $$: Systemic range shift lags among a pollinator species assemblage following rapid climate change

REPORT $$: Assessing declines of North American bumble bees (Bombus spp.) using museum specimens

REPORT $$: Entomopathogenic fungi as potential biocontrol agents of the ecto-parasitic mite, Varroa destructor, and their effect on the immune response of honey bees (Apis mellifera L.)