The Rutgers 250 All-Star Variety for August is the ‘triploid’ oyster! The oyster breeding program is at the forefront of genetic research to develop a superior oyster for aquaculture. This includes the production of oysters that grow faster, are resistant to disease, have better meat quality, and are better for the environment. Ximing Guo, oyster breeder, is concerned by challenges facing the world, such as pollution, over-fishing, climate change, and new diseases. These challenges are causing oyster populations to decline, so Dr. Guo is doing research to 1. help oyster fisheries, 2. sustain the oyster industry, and 3. support aquaculture development worldwide. Rutgers shellfish research mainly takes place in … learn more
Rutgers 250: All-Star Variety of the Month
Ximing Guo – Genetic Advancement of Aquaculture
About Rutgers Breeding
The Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES), in celebration of Rutgers' 250th anniversary, is showcasing a unique breeding program and an all-star variety each month. The select varieties are trialed by NJAES researchers at extension centers and research farms all over New Jersey. Information about the history of each breeding program, research involved in the development of featured varieties, and the availability of these Rutgers products will be posted on this website. You will also have access to news articles and videos related to breeding programs and varieties.
Rutgers 250: NJAES All-Star Lineup, 2015-2016
November- Scarlet Knight® Cranberry
December- 'Portia Orton' Holly Tree
January- Rutgers Scarlet Lettuce™
February- Sweet Basil
March- 'NJ-1113' Asparagus
April- Rutgers 250™ Tomato
May- Rutgers Scarlet™ Strawberry
June- 'Rutpink' Scarlet Fire™ Dogwood Tree
July- ‘NJF16’ TangOs® Peach
August- Rutgers 250: NJAES All-Star Variety of the Month 'Triploid' Oyster
New Jersey has an extensive history, interconnected with decades of revolutionary research, specialization, and breeding. Celebrate New Jersey agriculture! Learn about Rutgers berries, tomatoes, ornamental trees, and more!
Varieties bred at experiment substations across the state have been developed using traditional breeding techniques. In agriculture, variety selection and hybridization are key strategies for managing pests and diseases, as well as improving yields and profits. Rutgers plant and shellfish researchers develop and evaluate varieties for New Jersey and the region. They select cultivars for factors including quality, yield, and resistance to diseases of local importance. Other goals of this research include preparation for climate change through heat and drought tolerance and cold hardiness.
Learn more about the Rutgers breeding program history.