Commercialization and Licensing - Other Fruit

University of Minnesota research scientists and breeders have been experimenting to develop cold hardy, disease resistant fruit since 1887. Many of these varieties are available from your favorite nurseries.

Unique fruit developed by the U of M are protected. Propagation of protected varieties without a license is prohibited, even if you want to propagate one plant.

Licensed Through the U of M

Pink Popcorn® blueberry Itasca™, Mesabi™, and Winona™ strawberries are protected by United States Plant Patents or Plant Variety Rights in other countries. Nurseries must be licensed to propagate and sell these protected varieties.

Pink Popcorn Blueberry

Pink Popcorn® Blueberry

Pink Popcorn® is protected under the US Plant Patent Act and by Plant Breeders Rights in other countries.

In 2014, Briggs Nursery was granted an exclusive license from the University of Minnesota to propagate Pink Popcorn®.

Itasca Strawberry

Itasca™ Strawberry

Itasca™ Strawberry is hardy to zone 3B and features richy colored tart berries.

Itasca™ is currently available to license through the Office of Technology Commercialization.

Mesabi Strawberry

Mesabi™ Strawberry

Mesabi™ Strawberry is winter hardy and shows impressive disease resistance. Features large, bright red fruit and melting texture.

Mesabi™ is currently available to license through the Office of Technology Commercialization.

Winona Strawberry

Winona™ Strawberry

Winona™ Strawberry is hardy and disease resistant. Its large fruit has a hint of peach flavor.

Winona™ is currently available to license through the Office of Technology Commercialization.

Supported Through the MNRC

Northsky Blueberry

Chippewa, Northblue, Northcountry, Northsky, Polaris, St. Cloud, and Superior Blueberries

Chippewa, Northblue, Northcountry, Northsky, Polaris, St. Cloud, and Superior Blueberries are not protected by US Plant Patent or foreign plant breeders' rights, but nurseries propagating these varieties support the U of M breeding program through an agreement with the Minnesota Nursery Research Corporation (MNRC). Check the MNRC page for more information about the organization and participating nurseries.

Summercrisp Pear.

Summercrisp Pear

Supercrisp Pear is not protected by US Plant Patent or foreign plant breeders' rights, but nurseries propagating this variety can support the U of M breeding program through an agreement with the Minnesota Nursery Research Corporation (MNRC). Check the MNRC page for more information about the organization and participating nurseries.

Alderman Plum.

Alderman Plum

Alderman Plum is not protected by US Plant Patent or foreign plant breeders' rights, but nurseries propagating this variety can support the U of M breeding program through an agreement with the Minnesota Nursery Research Corporation (MNRC). Check the MNRC page for more information about the organization and participating nurseries.

Pink Popcorn® is a registered trademark of the University of Minnesota and Itasca™, Mesabi™, and Winona™ are trademarks of the University of Minnesota.

OTC Licensing Contact

If you want to become licensed, the U of M Office for Technology Commercialization (OTC) would be pleased to help you. OTC's site offers additional plant variety information and you can submit Licensing And Technical Questions.

For additional licensing information, please contact:

BJ Haun
Technology Licensing Officer
Office for Technology Commercialization
University of Minnesota
Phone: 612-626-8495
Fax: 612-624-6554
haunx003@umn.edu

Thank you for your interest in U of M varieties.

Support U Research

Several fruit varieties developed by the U of M are supported by MNRC participants. Please place orders with these nurseries and help enhance future fruit discoveries.

Fruit varieties supported by MNRC include: Chippewa, Northblue, Northcountry, Norsky, Polaris, St. Cloud and Superior blueberries, Summercrisp pear and Alderman plum.

If you propagate U of M varieties, please learn about supporting MNRC by email at JDaniels@bachmans.com