Claire Jarvis

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As worldwide production of hazelnuts is threatened by the fungus Eastern Filbert Blight, Rutgers scientists are working on breeding the next generation of fungus-resistant hazelnuts. Although 25 percent of the world’s hazelnuts are purchased by Ferrero, hazelnuts are also in high-demand as important health foods. 

A hard nut to crack: breeding the next generation of disease-resistant hazelnuts

To create a fungus-resistant breed of hazelnut trees that would kick-start a whole new agricultural industry in New Jersey, scientists at Rutgers University need to play the long game.  Thomas Molnar, an associate professor in the Department of Plant Biology at Rutgers University, spearheads this ambitious project, first started by the late C. Reed Funk,  a former professor in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology at Rutgers. 

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