Sunday, March 28, 2010

Badgersett hazel genetics- and the U of Nebraska-

It has come to our attention that at the recent hazel convention in La Crosse, a paper was presented stating that the "Arbor Day Lodge" hybrid hazel planting (100% of which is from Badgersett, though papers from the U of N routinely do not state that) - has only around 0.5% of the bushes that might have commercial potential.

Our response would be- "well, duh."

That's exactly what we would expect from those hazels.

But then- we know what that planting contains, genetically - in detail.

And neither the Arbor Day Foundation, nor the University of Nebraska does. They actually have no idea whatsoever, what those hazels ARE, genetically.


They never asked. How many of their researchers have ever visited Badgersett to investigate the source?


Yes, we do see that as a problem.

In fact, we DID tell the Arbor Day Foundation what kind of hazels we were planting there. Not in detail, because they didn't have anyone on board who was assigned to keep track of such information, at the time. We always assumed that anyone interested in those hazels - would ASK - and we'd be happy to tell them.

But- Arbor Day forgot- and the U of N- has never- ever- bothered to ask.

Basically- if I were going to spend a lot of time studying anything- I'd darn sure want to learn as much about the origins of what I was studying. Wouldn't you?


  1. You've got to be kidding. All those guys- looking at that field of hazels- and nobody has asked what they are?? Incredible.

  2. You know, I've heard those guys down-play your genetics- even though everything they're doing is based on your work.

    And they've never even visited? That's really mind-boggling.

    Have to say my respect for them is dropping. Quite a bit.

  3. Actually Robb, just to keep the record straight, the 3 heads of the universities involved in the "Consortium" have ALL been here; Molnar (Rutgers) last year, Scott Josiah (U Neb) around 15 years ago, I think, and Shawn Mehlenbacher from Oregon State around 20 years ago. None of the others working with them have, though.

    I wonder how they got to thinking about hybrid hazels? :-)

  4. I have been wondering of the possible relationships between everyone at the forefront of contemporary hazelnut breeding.