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Rutgers Develops Blight-Resistant Hazelnut Tree

Thursday, November 2, 2017  
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Researchers at the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station have developed a new kind of hazelnut tree, that can grow in New Jersey and the Northeast, which is expected to help meet surging demand for hazelnuts. Currently, most of the world's hazelnuts are grown in Turkey and parts of Oregon, while the Eastern U.S. had been unable to cultivate a crop due to Eastern Filbert Blight. The Rutgers team managed to breed a blight-resistant tree which will be distributed to New Jersey farmers in 2018 to test its viability.

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