From November 10th, 2015 through the end of 2016, the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station is celebrating the Rutgers 250th anniversary by showcasing an all-star breed each month. The select breeds are developed by Rutgers agriculture and aquaculture researchers from across New Jersey. Information about the history of each breeding program, research involved in each featured breed, and the availability and location of these Rutgers products will be posted on this website. You will also have access to current news articles and videos related to breeding programs and products, as well as fun ways to stay connected.
New Jersey has a rich history, interconnected with decades of Rutgers research, specialization, and breeding. It’s time to celebrate New Jersey agriculture and aquaculture! Learn about Rutgers berries, fruit trees, herbs, ornamental plants, shellfish, tomatoes, and vegetables.
Varieties bred at the many experiment stations across the state have been developed using traditional breeding techniques and do not fall under the category of GMO products. In agriculture, variety selection is a key strategy for managing pests and diseases, as well as improving yields and profits. Rutgers plant and shellfish breeders 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 breeding include preparation for climate change through heat and drought tolerance and cold hardiness.
Learn more about the Rutgers breeding history.