Programs

Oregon State University

Oregon State University has been conducting research on hazelnuts since 1969. This research has focused on the development of new hazelnut cultivars for the Oregon hazelnut industry, eastern filbert blight resistance, microsatellite marker development, and DNA markers for eastern filbert blight resistance. Part of this work includes wide germplasm exploration and collection to increase the world’s largest hazelnut germplasm collection. In addition to research Oregon State University provides significant extension and outreach to the Oregon Hazelnut Growers, Scientific Committee of International Congresses on Hazelnuts, and Northern Nut Growers.

Key Findings

  • “Jefferson” hazelnut 2009.
  • “Eta” hazelnut pollinizer 2009.
  • “Theta” hazelnut pollinizer 2009
  • “Red Dragon” ornamental hazelnut (redleaf contorted) (Plant Patent Applied For)
  • “Yamhill” hazelnut 2008
  • “Sacajawea” hazelnut 2006
  • “Santiam” hazelnut 2005
  • “Gamma” hazelnut pollinizer 2002
  • “Delta” hazelnut pollinizer 2002
  • “Epsilon” hazelnut pollinizer 2002
  • “Zeta” hazelnut pollinizer 2002
  • “Rosita” ornamental hazelnut (redleaf)
  • “Clark” hazelnut 1999
  • “Lewis” hazelnut 1997
  • Four hazelnut pollinizers 1990 (VR 4-31, VR 11-27, VR 20-11 & VR 23-18)
  • “Willamette” hazelnut 1990

Key Personnel

Dr. Shawn A. Mehlenbacher: Lead Hazelnut Researcher/Professor: View CV.

Research Papers

  • Gökirmak, T., S.A. Mehlenbacher and N.V. Bassil. 2007. Characterization of European hazelnut (Corylus avellana) cultivars using SSR markers. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 131: (in preparation)
  • Mehlenbacher, S.A., A.N. Azarenko, D.C. Smith and R.L. McCluskey. 2007. “Santiam” Hazelnut. HortScience 42: (submitted)
  • Mehlenbacher, S.A. 2007. Hazelnut. In: J. Janick (ed.). Encyclopedia of temperate fruit and nut crops. CABI (in press).
  • Mehlenbacher, S.A., R.N. Brown, E.R. Nouhra, T. Gokirmak, N.V. Bassil and T.L. Kubisiak. 2006. A genetic linkage map for hazelnut (Corylus avellana L.) based on RAPD and SSR markers. Genome 49:122–133.
  • Lunde, C.F., S.A. Mehlenbacher and D.C. Smith. 2006. Segregation for resistance to eastern filbert blight in progeny of “Zimmerman” hazelnut. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 131:731–737.

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