Plant Breeding, Genetics, Genomics and Biotechnology

Improving crops, discovering genes, exploring gene function, studying crop evolution.

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Faculty Interest and Expertise

  • Hancock, Jim
  • Professor Emeritus
  • Blueberry and strawberry breeding and genetics; marker-assisted selection breeding; environmental biosafety of GE crops.
  • 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


Center for Advanced Microscopy

578 Wilson Road East Lansing, MI, 48824

The Center for Advanced Microscopy, a Michigan State University Core Facility, is the central microscopy laboratory for the Michigan State University Campus.

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

Our students find internship and career opportunities in:

  • plant breeding and biotechnology companies
  • universities and research institutes
  • government – USDA, EPA, MDA
  • international centers for crop improvement
  • seed banks/germplasm repositories

See our Internships and Jobs page for more details on who hires our graduates.

Other Educational Opportunities and Resources

Opportunities for independent study, research projects, and lab experiences:

Most faculty offer undergraduate research experience opportunities.  Information about ongoing projects can be found on individual faculty web pages above.  The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) also provides funding opportunities for undergraduate research.  

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