A robotic, chemical-free solution to controlling powdery mildew, one of the most common diseases in strawberry cultivation, could be commercially available to growers in under a year.
Fruit will be left to rot in fields unless the UK Government lifts the cap on the number of seasonal pickers allowed on Scottish farms, a MSP has warned.
Robotic harvesters could become commonplace on Scottish raspberry farms within five to 10 years.
A new blackberry breeding programme at the James Hutton Institute has enjoyed a hugely encouraging first year according to fruit breeder, Nikki Jennings.
Politicians have held crisis talks with government officials calling for changes to immigration rules for fishermen and fruit pickers to help protect both industries.
North-east MP Kirstene Hair has called for a special Brexit deal for seasonal farm workers during a Westminster debate.
Two Scottish agricultural research institutes have received funding to help develop projects to boost the venison and soft fruit industries.
Fortuitously the strawberry season begins just as the summer holidays kick in and families are keen to explore the Scottish countryside.
A team of scientists from Aberdeen University is using drone technology to develop a new pest monitoring system for soft fruit growers.
New scientific evidence that consuming berries may have beneficial effects on people with some of the most serious and common health problems was presented to soft fruit growers at a meeting in Invergowrie yesterday.