UF Horticultural Sciences Professor Dr. Paul Lyrene has been compared to the Florida blueberry equivalent of Henry Ford or Bill Gates. A recent story in The Ledger explains his contributions.
Dr. Lyrene holds over 30 patents in blueberry, breeding new varieties that thrive in Florida’s climate, filling a distinct niche in national markets. In the 1980’s the Florida blueberry industry was a few small farms and u-pick operations. With Lyrene’s cultivars as an anchor, the industry has exploded to over 5,000 acres and a value of $62 million.