Commercialization and Licensing - Vegetables

University of Minnesota research scientists and breeders breed and released corn, sweet corn and pea varieties until the mid-1990s. In recent years, the growth of horticultural and organic crop production in the state has led to a new demand for varieties developed with Minnesota's unique needs in mind. 

Unique vegetables 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

Ground Jewel™ and Ground Dew™ 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.

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Ground Jewel™ Dwarf Tomato

Ground Jewel™ Dwarf Tomato is compact but packs a punch. On average when provided with one square foot of space each plant will produce 100 tomatoes in a season as far north as zone 2. Unripe tomatoes are white.

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

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Ground Jewel™ Dwarf Tomato

Ground Dew™ Dwarf Tomato is compact but packs a punch. On average when provided with one square foot of space each plant will produce 100 tomatoes in a season as far north as zone 2. Unripe tomatoes are green and white.

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

Ground Jewel™ and Ground Dew™ 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.