Cane fruit resources

AHDB Horticulture funded an extensive programme of research on many aspects of commercial cane fruit production. The available reports and resources are listed below. 


Calendar of common pests of cane fruit


Poster: different aphid pests of strawberry, cane fruit and bush fruit

Beetles and weevils

Beetle and weevil pests of cane fruit crops

Vine weevil control in soft fruit crops

Research project SF/HNS 127: Vine weevil aggregation pheromone for use in traps in raspberry

Mammal pests

Managing rabbit problems associated with horticulture

Rodent control on farms

Midges, mites and caterpillars

Midge, mite and caterpillar pests of cane fruit crop

Research project SF 081: Developing techniques to manage raspberry leaf and bud mite in tunnel produced raspberry

Research project SF 101: Alternatives to chlorpyrifos for raspberry cane midge control

Research project SF 102: Biology and integrated control of blackberry leaf midge on blackberry and raspberry

Research project SF 115: The identification of over-wintering predatory mites in raspberry and strawberry, and investigation of the potential for on-farm production

Research project SF 116: Preventing redberry disease by monitoring and control of blackberry mite

Research project SF 117: Sex pheromone trap for monitoring blackberry leaf midge

Research project SF 139: Semiochemical control of raspberry cane midge

Research project SF 141: Efficacy of insecticides, timed using the blackberry leaf midge sex pheromone trap, to control the pest on raspberry

Research project SF 148: Understanding the scale and importance of raspberry leaf blotch virus and its association with raspberry leaf and bud mite

Research project SF 149: Blackberry: Exploring whether redberry disease is caused by a mite-transmitted virus

Spotted wing drosophila (SWD)

A review of fruiting plant species as potential dead-end hosts of Drosphila suzukii

Disposing of fruit waste affected by spotted wing drosophila

Spotted wing drosophila hub

Sucking pests

Sucking insect pests of cane fruit crops


Downy mildew

A review into control measures for blackberry downy mildew

Fungal diseases

Fungal diseases on canes, foliage and fruit of cane fruit crops

Leaf blotch virus

Research project SF 148: Understanding the scale and importance of raspberry leaf blotch virus and its association with raspberry leaf and bud mite


Information on Phytopthora infestans

Phytophthora root rot of raspberry and other cane fruits

Research project SF 123: Efficacy of novel products for the control of Phytophthora rubi raspberry root rot

Research project SF 130: Raspberry - Detection and quantification of Phytophthora rubi in soil and in plant tissue.

Research project CP 185: Role of auxin in Phytophthora root rot disease development in soft fruit

Soft rot

Research project SF 098: Sustainable management of Mucor and Rhizopus in strawberry and raspberry

Verticillium wilt

Verticillium wilt of raspberry and other cane fruits

Research project SF 122: Using soil nematode threshold levels to reduce direct feeding damage on roots and interactions with verticillium wilt of strawberry and raspberry


Weed management in container grown soft fruit

Research project SF 119: Raspberry - New residual herbicides


Beneficial insects

A review: Impacts of wildflower interventions on beneficial insects in fruit crops

Biocontrol and Integrated Pest Management

Biocontrol in soft fruit guide

Cane fruit crop walkers' guide

Pesticide residue reduction in commercial raspberry crops

Research project SF 074: Integrated pest and disease management for raspberry production (HortLink)

Research Project SF 104: Biopesticide product gap analysis and evaluation to support development policy for biopesticides for use in integrated soft fruit production

Research project SF 158: Optimising the use of integrated pest and disease management in cane fruit production systems: 2015-2020

Crop management

Cane management and training of field grown blackberries and hybrid berries

Dormancy and bud break

A Review of Dormancy and Chilling Requirements in Raspberries

Modelling the dormancy and chilling requirements in raspberry


Growsave - a knowledge exchange programme helping protected cropping growers to save energy

Understanding energy influences for UK soft fruit production

Food safety

How to keep fresh produce safe to eat

Monitoring microbial food safety of fresh produce

Video: Webinar - Disinfecting irrigation water for use on fresh produce

Video: Webinar - Microbials - Keeping it clean

Video: Webinar - Microbials -managing risk in the production of fresh produce

Labour and skills

Edible horticulture skills survey

Video: Webinar - Operating in a reduced labour market

Video: Webinar - Using LEAN techniques to improve labour efficiency in horticulture

Video: Webinar - Using your time effectively

Nutrient management

Introduction to fertigation

RB209 Section 7 Fruit, vines and hops

Understanding and measuring conductivity in soilless substrate grown soft fruit crops

Water management and irrigation

Establishing a resilient water supply

Protecting the water supply for your crops

Water harvesting and recycling in soft fruit

Research project SF 118: Irrigation scheduling of substrate-grown raspberry as a tool for improving cane management

WET Centre

WET centre information - irrigation best practice and precision approaches to pest and disease control

WET Centre: Key findings up to 2022


Raspberry variety trials- summer and primocane fruiting selections at JHI in 2015

Video: New Varieties & Selections from the UK Raspberry Breeding Programme

Research project SF 035b: UK Raspberry Breeding Consortium

Research project SF 041c Raspberry - Summer Fruiting Variety Trial

Research project SF 041d: Raspberry - Summer fruiting raspberry variety trial (2013-2017)

Research project SF 093: Evaluation of eight black raspberry varieties

Research project SF 105: Evaluation of Tulameen raspberry clones in respect of berry quality

Research project SF 105a: Evaluation of Tulameen raspberry clones in respect of berry quality

Research project SF 167: Understanding the causes of crumbly fruit in red raspberry

Useful links

Soft Fruit Review 2018