Mengzi Zhang

Mengzi Zhang
Telephone: (517) 515-0173

I am pursuing a master’s degree in the Department of Horticulture at Michigan State University under supervision of Dr. Erik Runkle. My research interests lie in floriculture and leafy greens, lighting technology (greenhouse & indoor), plant growth regulator (PGR), environmental controls of greenhouse and greenhouse production.

Now my research mainly focusses on manipulating light quality to improve growth and attributes of high-value specialty crops in greenhouse and indoor production.

Besides research, I like cooking/baking, sports and growing plants (ornamentals and succulent plants especially).


M.S. Michigan State University, Horticulture, 2018(expected)

B.A. Beijing Forestry University, Horticulture (Ornamental Horticulture), 2016


Sept. 2017-present   Research project on “Sole-Source lighting for the Production of Floriculture Transplants”.

Jan. 2017-May 2017   Research project on “Hybrid Greenhouse Lighting of Lettuce”.

Oct.2016-Sept. 2017  Research project on “Regulating Flowering and Extension Growth of Poinsettia Using Red and Far-Red LEDs for End-of-Day Lighting”.

Dec.2014-May 2016  Research project on “The Dwarfing Effect of Chlormequat and Uniconazole on Potted Primula forbesii”.
Introduction: Research on effects of different growth inhibitors (CCC and uniconazole) on characters of potted Primula forbesii and the optimum concentration of two growth inhibitors in controlling plant height, inhibiting overgrowth and preventing the lodging of flower stalks.

Conference Activity

Sept. 18th-22nd, 2017
American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) annual conference
Oral presentation, “Regulating Flowering and Extension Growth of Poinsettia Using Red and Far-Red LEDs for End-of-Day Lighting,” Zhang, M. and E.S. Runkle

Grants & Fellowships

Graduate Office Fellowship, Department of Horticulture, Michigan State University, 2017

Graduate School Travel Grant, Michigan State University, 2017

American Society for Horticulture Science Travel Grant, 2017

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