Plant and Crop Physiology and Biochemistry

Promoting sustainable crop production, improving plant productivity and quality, reducing postharvest losses, understanding how plants sense and respond to abiotic stress, probing the diversity of plant specialized metabolism, and understanding fundamental mechanisms of growth and development

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Faculty Interest and Expertise

  • Beaudry, Randy
  • Professor
  • Postharvest biology and technology; controlled atmosphere storage of pome fruit, modified atmosphere packaging; sugarbeet storage, ripening biology and aroma volatile biochemistry.
  • (517) 353-0303
  • Flore, James
  • Professor Emeritus
  • Carbon assimilation and partitioning by fruit crops; effects of biotic and abiotic stress on assimilation and carbon partitioning.
  • 517-353-0375
  • Nair, Muraleedharan
  • Professor and Sr Asc to the CANR Dean
  • Bioactive natural products: Functional foods and Phytoceuticals. Discovery, isolation, purification, identification and standardization of bioactive molecules; efficacy, dose and toxicity evaluation; formulation and process development.
  • (517) 353-0406
  • Runkle, Erik
  • Professor
  • Lighting applications for greenhouses and controlled environments; light-emitting diodes; greenhouse energy conservation; crop production in controlled environments
  • (517) 353-0350
  • Song, Guo-Qing
  • Associate Professor
  • Improvement of horticultural crops using genomics, genetic, and biotechnological tools; development of efficient plant micropropagation, regeneration and transformation techniques.
  • (517) 353-0384
  • van Nocker, Steve
  • Professor
  • Developmental genetics of plants, traits important for production including flowering, chromatin regulation of gene expression


Horticulture Teaching Greenhouses

1066 Bogue St East Lansing, MI 48824

These glass greenhouses are used primarily for teaching horticulture production classes.

Plant Science Greenhouses

1059 Farm Ln East Lansing, MI 48824

Located near the corner of Farm Ln and Wilson Rd, the Plant Science Greenhouses are utilized by Horticulture faculty, as well as other departments for plant science research.

Research Technology Support Facility

612 Wilson Road S-20 East Lansing, MI 48824

The Research Technology Support Facility at Michigan State University is a collection of five analytical facilities which provide the fundamental tools for modern life science research.

The Plant Biotechnology Resource and Outreach Center

1066 Bogue St East Lansing, MI 48824

The PBROC is dedicated to the safe deployment of plant biotechnological advancements to Michigan and the world.

Internships and Careers

Students find internship and career opportunities in many diverse areas, including crop production, sales, research and teaching:

Internship and Job Postings for MSU Horticulture Students (2-yr, 4-yr, & Graduate-level) and Alumni

Other Educational Opportunities and Resources


Fruits & Nuts

Nursery & Christmas Trees

Organic Agriculture


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