December 2012: Saving Oregon's Hazelnuts - Portland Monthly Shawn Mehlenbacher at Oregon State University uses hazelnut genetic resources to rescue the industry from Eastern Filbert Blight.
November 2012: Seeds of an era long gone in Tucson, Arizona - New York Times. The United States Department of Agriculture maintains some 220 pomegranate and 150 quince varieties at repositories in Davis, Calif., and Corvallis, Ore.
May 2012: A Plethora of Pears - Good Fruit Grower
Repository's mission is to collect, conserve, characterize and distribute.
May 2012: In Praise of the Misunderstood Quince - New York Times
What most Americans know about quince (Cydonia oblonga) — if they know about quince at all — is that it was once a fixture in Grandma's garden.
May2011: Noah's Ark for Fruits and Nuts - Sherwood, Oregon Gazette The U.S. Department of Agriculture repository is a sort of Noah’s Ark for 30 different types of fruits and nuts.
July 2010: Open House Showcases Fruit, Veggie Research - Corvallis Gazette Times
They have low-growing "short bush" varieties and towering "high bush" types, a raspberry-flavored blueberry and a variety that comes from the Azores, a chain of islands about 1,000 miles off the coast of Portugal. "We're trying to grow blueberries where they were never grown before," Hummer said.
January 2010: Preserving Diversity, Insuring our Future - Agricultural Research
"the U.S. National Plant Germplasm System is a vital network of genebanks where plants from around the world are curated, propagated, analyzed, and distributed for scientific use."
November 2009: Demystifying The Quince - NPR Kitchen Window
"it turns out that the most diverse quince grove in North America, if not the world, thrives at a U.S. Department of Agriculture gene bank just down the road"
October 2009: There's a New Taste for Quince - Los Angeles Times
"In Corvallis, Postman maintains an orchard of more than 100 quince clones, many of which he and other USDA scientists collected in recent expeditions to the fruit's homeland in Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan."
June 2009: Seed Saviors - Portland Monthly
"When civilization coughs up its final death rattle, one of the last bastions of mankind's survival will lie near Corvallis behind a modest sign touting a simple mantra: "Preserving plant genetic resources for all time."
June 2009: In Quest of the Marshall Strawberry - Coos Bay World
"researchers at USDA's National Clonal Germplasm Repository in Corvallis wanted to ensure that their version of the variety was the real thing"
May 2008: Hazelnut Micropropagation Program Looks to Put Down New Roots - Capital Press
"The first-stage micropropagation of advanced material from Oregon State University's hazelnut breeding program will soon be putting down roots"
December 2008: A Tree Grows in Danvers - High Plains Journal
"One of those trees grows in Corvallis, Oregon, at the National Clonal Germplasm Repository... In addition to the Endicott pear, it has more than 1,000 different pear varieties from more than 50 countries."
January 2008: Solution Sought for Black Raspberry Decline - Science Daily
"In June 2007, Hummer and Dossett traveled more than 2,000 miles to collect 15 accessions of black raspberries from 15 locations in South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama."
January 2005: Seed hunters search for diversity in Caucasus - Philadelphia Inquirer
"The road to genetic diversity, plant explorer Paul Meyer has learned, sometimes leads straight up."
September 2003: USDA Repository Filled with Pear Delights - Capital Press
"Growing in the eight-acre plot are hundreds of domesticated and wild pear varieties, the world's largest collection, all under the watchful eye of USDA plant pathologist/curator Joseph Postman and co-workers."