Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Meet the Partners: Rutgers Research Focuses on EFB Resistance and Cold Hardiness
This hazelnut hybrid
developed at Rutgers
combines the high nut
quality of European
hazelnuts and the EFB
resistance of American

Rutgers University began hazelnut research and  breeding in 1996, focusing on developing hazels resistant to eastern filbert blight (EFB) and adapted to northern climates with high yield and pest resistance. 

Dr. Tom Molnar has collected germplasm worldwide in this effort, along with Dr. Shawn Mehlenbacher from Oregon State. Sources have included Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia and other eastern European locations plus Turkey, England, Spain, Italy, Germany, Finland and Poland.  

Close collaboration between Rutgers University and Oregon State has resulted in hazelnuts that are resistant to eastern filbert blight and that produce excellent quality nuts.  

Rutgers scientists also are developing a new line of ornamental hazelnuts, including plants with purple leaves and bright fall color, and others with contorted and weeping branches.   
Among the ornamental hazelnuts developed at
Rutgers is this beautiful purple leaf hybrid. 

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