Bernadine Strik, Whose Insights Helped Blueberries Thrive, Dies at 60

Bernadine Strik, a prominent horticulturist and professor at Oregon State University, passed away on May 3, 2023, at the age of 60. Her contributions to the blueberry industry are immeasurable, and her loss is being felt by many in the field.

Dr. Strik joined Oregon State University’s faculty in 1990 and was widely recognized for her research and teaching in the areas of berry crops, specifically blueberries. She was a leader in the industry, working tirelessly to help growers produce better crops and develop more efficient farming practices.

One of Dr. Strik’s most significant contributions was her work on high-density planting techniques for blueberry bushes, which allowed growers to produce more fruit with fewer plants. She also helped develop methods for managing plant growth and optimizing fertilizer use, which has been adopted widely in the blueberry industry.

In addition to her research, Dr. Strik was a dedicated teacher and mentor to her students, many of whom have gone on to successful careers in horticulture. She was known for her passion for her work, her willingness to help others, and her ability to inspire those around her.

Dr. Strik received numerous awards and honors throughout her career, including the USDA National Blueberry Research and Extension Award in 2017, the OSU Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award in 2018, and the American Society for Horticultural Science Outstanding Horticulturist Award in 2022.

Her legacy will live on in the work of her colleagues and students, as well as in the blueberry industry itself. Dr. Strik’s insights and contributions have helped the industry thrive, and her work will continue to have a positive impact on the lives of many for years to come.

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