The Rutgers NJAES All-Star Variety 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 school permits researchers to draw upon the strengths of both organizations to fulfill its mission in support of agriculture.