Lonicera caerulea is a circumpolar species native to the northern boreal forests and can be found in mountains as well as marshlands. Although harvested from the wild for centuries in Japan and Russia, breeding programs began the 1950’s in Russia and in the 1980’s in Japan. Only in the late 1990’s did the only two breeding programs in North America begin at Oregon State University and the University of Saskatchewan. The later two institutions are actively working with each other. Dr. Bors has for two years visited Oregon during harvest season to assist with the selection process.
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