Here is a link to an article about research from the USDA-ARS group in Corvallis. Scientists find aphid resistance in black raspberry
This is the work that inspired our current black raspberry project. http://teamrubus.blogspot.com/2012/08/black-raspberry-project.html
Why is this research important? As they mention at the end of the article, aphids transmit viruses and viruses can be deleterious to plants.
We will be looking at black raspberry populations related to those in the USDA study back here in NC. Part of our task will be to look for additional traits that will be of economic importance. What will those traits be? Well, we are not sure at this time, we have lots of ideas and we will keep you posted!