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The race to save blueberries in Down East

A new breed of fruit fly is imperiling the crop in Maine

DEBLOIS, Maine — By 7:30 on a surprisingly chilly August morning, workers on the rocky blueberry barrens were two hours into their back-breaking rhythm, raking tiny berries from low bushes.

Over and over, they filled hand-held scoops and gently poured the succulent wild fruit into brightly colored tubs stacked high on the expansive fields— the first of more than 80 million pounds of berries expected to be harvested and frozen in the next few weeks and shipped the world over to fill muffins, pancakes, pies, and breakfast bowls.

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