Our Speaker Series moved to a special location in July, thank you to everyone who attended. It was a really fun night!

Shaun gave an excellent presentation and graciously agreed to share it with our chapter members. You can view his slide show here!

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Hop Cultivation: Techniques for the Home Gardener”

Shaun Townsend, Assistant Professor (Senior Research), Hop Breeding and Genetics, OSU

Shaun Townsend, an Oregon State University hop breeder, described techniques for producing both ornamental and brewing hops for the home gardener. He highlighted site selection, trellising ideas, potential pest and pathogen problems, and the timing of harvest for home brewers.  He also shared information on his Aroma Hop Breeding Program at OSU, which is developing new hop cultivars that are adapted to Oregon growing conditions, with a focus on essential oil quantity and quality. Ultimately, new aroma hop cultivars that appeal to the craft beer industry will be available for Oregon hop growers. 

Shaun Townsend is an Assistant Professor (Senior Research) in the Hop Breeding and Genetics program at OSU. He has been with OSU since 1999. He works closely with the Food Science and Technology Department to characterize the chemical profile of breeding selections, evaluate new techniques for assessing the brewing potential of experimental genotypes and explore the role agronomic management might play in essential oil quantity and quality. Shaun also works closely with hop geneticists to identify and adapt new molecular biology technologies to hop breeding.