FAYETTEVILLE — Take a walk through the fruit section at your local grocery store or farmers market and you’re bound to pick up a grape, peach, nectarine, blackberry or blueberry with John Reuben Clark’s fingerprints on it.

Over the course of his 42-plus year career with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station fruit breeder and Distinguished Professor of horticulture has been the developer or co-developer of 81 varieties of fruit, including the first primocane-fruiting blackberries that flower and fruit on first-year canes.

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