Who will develop the science, technology and business to cultivate plants for human and environmental health? SPARTANS WILL

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Welcome to the Department of Horticulture. The discipline of Horticulture is the science and art of the production, marketing, and use of high-value, intensively cultivated plants.  For more information about this discipline, visit Seed Your Future, our infographic or our What is Horticulture page

The Department's mission is to prepare our students for horticulture-related careers in science and business. This includes making new discoveries in the plant sciences; promoting the use of plants and food for improved human health and a safe environment; improving the characteristics, quality and availability of horticultural products; and strengthening the competitive position of the world's horticultural industries. Faculty members possess a diverse array of expertise - both interdisciplinary (e.g., breeding, genomics, development, physiology, metabolism, molecular biology, and sustainable production), and commodity based (e.g., fruits/pomology, vegetables, viticulture, floriculture, nursery crops, postharvest, design and landscape ecology, and marketing) - which they utilize in their research, teaching and outreach programs, at both the national and international levels.

Who will develop the science and technology to cultivate plants for human and environmental health? SPARTANS WILL.


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  • Agriculture and Natural Resources Week begins March 1

    Published on February 21, 2019

    Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Week will kick off March 1 at Michigan State University. ANR Week has served as a platform for enterprising new developments in agriculture and natural resources in Michigan since 1914.

  • February 2019 Hort Report

    Published on February 5, 2019

    Department news including chair review process, graduate and undergraduate student activities

  • MSU, GVSU join forces to address water challenges

    Published on January 29, 2019

    Michigan State University has formalized a partnership with the Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute of Grand Valley State University to work together on water-related issues.

  • Todd Einhorn

    Producing exceptional tasting, high-quality fruit

    Published on January 1, 2019

    Todd Einhorn strives to cultivate trees that will consistently produce the right balance of flowers, fruit and leaves to produce “exceptional tasting, high-quality fruit.

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  • Mar 14

    2019 Horticulture/Plant Soil & Microbial Sciences Seminar Series

    March 14, 2019 4:00PM - 5:00PM A149 Plant and Soil Science Building

    Join us Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 4:00 pm for Irwin Goldman's seminar on "The Slowest of the Performing Arts: Breeding Biennial Root Vegetables for Improved Color, Flavor, and Nutrition".

  • Mar 15

    Intercultural CANR: Exploring our Spirit Panel Discussion

    March 15, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM Teaching Greenhouse Conservatory in the Plant and Soil Sciences Building

    Intercultural CANR: Exploring our Spirit explores the variety of religions, faiths and spiritual practices that make up the tapestry of our spiritual lives and communities.

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