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Rutgers University

Rutgers University has been conducting research on hazelnuts since 1996. This research has focused on Eastern Filbert Blight resistance (the major problem of hazelnuts in the eastern U.S.), as well as pest resistance, cold hardiness, yield, and the overall development of hazelnuts for northern climates. Part of this work includes wide germplasm exploration and collection, with focus on newly accessible regions of the former Soviet Union.

Learn more about Rutgers University Hybrid Hazelnut Breeding Program

Key Findings

  • New sources of resistance to the devastating hazelnut disease Eastern Filbert Blight.
  • Rapid techniques to identify hazelnut seedlings resistant to Eastern Filbert Blight.
  • Evaluation of improved hazelnut cultivars developed in Oregon for use in the northeastern United States.

Key Personnel

Publications/Research Papers (5 Selected Publications)

  • Molnar, T.J., J.C. Goffreda, and C.R. Funk. 2005. Developing hazelnuts for the eastern United States. Acta Horticulturae (International Society for Horticultural Science) 68:609-617.
  • Molnar, T.J., S.N. Baxer, and J.C. Goffreda. 2005. Accelerated screening of hazelnut seedlings for resistance to eastern filbert blight. HortScience 40:1667-1669
  • Molnar, T.J. 2006. Genetic resistance to eastern filbert blight in hazelnut (Corylus). Ph.D. Thesis. 113 pages. Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
  • Molnar, T.J., S.A. Mehlenbacher, D.E. Zaurov, and J.C. Goffreda. 2007. Survey of hazelnut germplasm from Russia and Crimea for response to eastern filbert blight. HortScience 42:51-56.
  • Molnar, T.J., J.M. Capik, and J.C. Goffreda. 2008. Response of hazelnut progenies from known resistant parents to Anisogramma anomala in New Jersey, U.S.A. Acta Horticulturae (International Society for Horticultural Science). In press.

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