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Chad E. Finn
Courtesy Faculty, Research Geneticist & Small Fruit Breeder
Our research program has three primary objectives:
- to develop blackberry, red and black raspberry, strawberry, and blueberry cultivars for the commercial small fruit industry.
- to expand germplasm available to plant breeders by collecting wild species of Rubus, Vaccinium and Fragaria. This material is then evaluated and incorporated into advanced breeding material.
- identification and evaluation of potential new small fruit crops.
Department of Horticulture
USDA-ARS, Horticultural Crops Research Unit
3420 NW Orchard Ave.Corvallis, OR 97330
- Active in all stages of berry breeding from parental selection through cultivar release. Program has released over three dozen berry cultivars that are grown around the world.
- Collected and evaluated many species from around the world particularly China, Andean S. America, and the US for their usefulness as breeding material.
- Co-teach HORT 251
- Guest lecture in horticulture and plant breeding courses
Ph.D.- Horticulture (minor Plant Breeding), 1989, University of Minnesota.
M.S.-Horticulture, 1985, University of Minnesota.
B.S.- Horticulture Production, 1983, Purdue University.
Research Geneticist, U.S.D.A.-ARS, Horticultural Crops Research Unit, 1993-present
Assistant Professor of Horticulture/State Fruit Crop Specialist, Dept. of Horticulture, Univ. of Missouri, 1989-1993
Graduate Research Assistant, Dept. of Horticultural Science & Landscape Architecture, Univ. of Minnesota, 1983-1989
Assistant Extension Specialist - Fruit Crops, Univ. of Minnesota, 1988-1989
Research Assistant (summer), Small Fruits Lab. U.S.D.A.-ARS, Beltsville, Md. 1980-1982
I accept graduate students for Horticulture
Outreach and Extension
- Speak at field days and winter educational meetings.
- Spend time in grower fields and processing and packing operations.
My spouse and I are passionate horticulturists at home as well as professionally and cannot drive by a good nursery without stopping. While no desire to live there, we cannot get enough of camping and hiking in southern Utah and Four Corners area.