Who will develop the science, technology and business to cultivate plants for human and environmental health? Spartans in the Department of Horticulture Will.

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Welcome to the Department of Horticulture. 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.

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  • Guo-Qing Song, an associate professor in the MSU Department of Horticulture, is working to breed fruit crops such as blueberries to better tolerate cold temperatures.

    Boosting cold tolerance in fruit crops

    Published on July 1, 2020

    MSU scientist Guo-Qing Song is working to uncover the molecular basis for cold tolerance in a multitude of agriculturally relevant fruit crops.

  • MSU researcher Rebecca Grumet (left) with a student in the lab.

    Managing cucurbit diseases with research, outreach

    Published on July 1, 2020

    Rebecca Grumet has dedicated her career to assisting specialty crop growers as an expert in reproductive development and disease resistance in cucurbit crops such as cucumbers, melons, squash and watermelons.

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