CORVALLIS, Ore. - You can taste hundreds of varieties of blueberries this weekend at an open house at the Agricultural Research Service National Clonal Germplasm Repository at 33447 Peoria Road in Corvallis.
The open house on Saturday, July 16 , from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., gives visitors a chance to explore the facility’s blueberry field collection and taste hundreds of varieties of the delectable fruit.
ARS is the chief scientific research agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The Repository is part of the U.S. National Plant Germplasm System, which includes about 30 facilities nationwide where scientists preserve plant genetic resources of economically important crops.
In addition to blueberries, the Corvallis gene bank maintains collections of peonies, strawberries, hazelnuts, blackberries, cranberries and pears.
The facility employs about 30 researchers and technicians.
The open house is being held in conjunction with the three-day da Vinci Festival in Corvallis, the home of Oregon State University.
Bus transportation will be available from the festival in downtown Corvallis to the blueberry fields.