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Researchers hope to increase OH berry production

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PIKETON, Ohio (AP) - A research project has begun in Ohio to find ways of increasing the state's production of blackberries and raspberries as consumer demand for those fruits continues to grow.

Researchers with Ohio State University Extension are studying alternative planting methods to help Ohio growers step up production of the two increasingly popular fruits that many health experts say provide health benefits.

An OSU Extension specialist at the OSU South Centers in Piketon says demand for the berries has grown in recent years thanks partly to consumers seeking those benefits.

The berries contain dietary fiber and high levels of antioxidants that health experts believe protect cells in the body from damage that they say can lead to diseases such as cancer.

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