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.
Published on March 11, 2019
As part of a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, Michigan State University is working directly with students in several Lansing School District high schools to raise awareness of STEM disciplines and university opportunities, including scholarships.
Published on February 25, 2019
A team of researchers, led by scientists at MSU and the University of California, Davis, has used the power of genomics to reveal the evolutionary origins of the cultivated strawberry and deciphered the genetic code of this highly coveted fruit.
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.
Published on February 12, 2019
Susie Raker-Zimmerman graduated with a B.S. degree in Horticulture from MSU and now runs a 12-acre greenhouse facility with over 200 employees.
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Published on March 18, 2019 by The California Aggie
Published on March 18, 2019 by Michigan Agriculture
March 28, 2019 4:00PM - 5:00PM 4 p.m.-5 p.m. Plant & Soil Sciences Building A149 Plant and Soil Science Building
Join us Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 4:00 pm for Peter Davies seminar on "The Garden Pea Returns to its Place as a Model Plant."
April 4, 2019 4:00PM - 5:00PM Plant & Soil Sciences Building A149 Plant and Soil Science Building
Join us Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 4:00 pm for Bridget Behe's seminar on "The Eyes Don't Lie: Using Eye-tracking Technology to Understand Consumer Choice."
April 18, 2019 4:00PM - 5:00PM Plant & Soil Sciences Building A149 Plant and Soil Science Building
Join us Thursday April 18, 2019 at 4:00 pm for Julie Tarara's seminar on "I Wanted to be a Farmer When I Grew Up and Didn't Have the Cash Flow, so I meandered into Another Career."