IBO President Peter McPherson:

Bernadine Strik remembered as a 'true legend and friend of the global blueberry industry'

The International Blueberry Organisation (IBO) sadly notes the recent passing of Bernadine Strik, who did so much to develop the growing of blueberries into the truly international industry that it is today.

Through her ground-breaking research and trials over more than 30 years, Bernadine helped transform the way in which blueberries were grown. This included improving yield through closer plantings, the use of trellises, and mulch to improve nutrient management.

One of Bernadine’s greatest strengths was her ability to work with and understand the needs of blueberry growers. This included extensive work in the field across many different regions and countries to better understand different climates, planting practices, and growing conditions, including nutrient management and harvesting processes.

An example of the respect for and high esteem in which Bernadine was held, in not just the blueberry industry but the global horticulture industry, was her membership on the executive board of the International Society of Horticultural Sciences and her receiving the prestigious Duke Galletta Award for Excellence in Horticultural Research.

IBO President Peter McPherson praised Bernadine’s industry contribution: “Having personally worked with Bernadine on many occasions over the past three decades, one can only outline Bernadine’s foresight, vision, and R&D programs that brought about positive change to berry production outcomes across the globe – she was truly a dynamic leader in her field. On behalf of berry growers globally, we send our deepest condolences to her husband Neil and her two daughters and families.”

He said Vale Bernadine Strik will be remembered as a true legend and friend of the global blueberry industry.

For more information:
Peter McPherson
Tel.: +61 418 666 651
Email: info@internationalblueberry.org  

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