The Rutgers 250 All-Star Variety for October is the Eastern Filbert Blight-resistant hazelnut! The hazelnut program is on the verge of releasing a hazelnut tree variety that is well-adapted to the Northeast climate. Tom Molnar, hazelnut breeder, is overcoming challenges facing regional agriculture through traditional breeding techniques. Dr. Molnar conducts valuable research that can result in the emergence of a new industry for New Jersey's commercial growers. Rutgers hazelnut research is made possible by grant-funded projects and is conducted mainly within the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. This dual role between the experiment station and the … learn more
Rutgers 250: All-Star Variety of the Month
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. The celebration will culminate on November 4, 2016 at the Rutgers 250 Breeding Celebration and Luncheon.
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- Basil downy mildew-resistant Sweet Basil
March- 'NJ-1113' Asparagus
April- Rutgers 250™ Tomato
May- Rutgers Scarlet™ Strawberry
June- 'Rutpink' Scarlet Fire™ Dogwood Tree
July- ‘NJF16’ TangOs® Peach, Tree Fruit
August- 'Triploid' Oyster
September- BlueNote Kentucky Bluegrass, Turfgrass
October- Eastern Filbert Blight-resistant Hazelnut
November- 'Pumpkin' Habanero, Pepper
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.
Register today for the Rutgers 250 Breeding Celebration and Luncheon.
Click for a direct link to the REGISTRATION PAGE.