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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  • Karim Maredia

    CANR names new leader of international programs

    Published on May 20, 2019

    Karim Maredia has been named a senior global scholar and the director of agriculture and natural resources international programs in the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

  • The 2019 Plant Science Graduate Research Symposium

    April 2019 Hort Report

    Published on April 2, 2019

    Department news including Plant Science Graduate Research Symposium winners, Chili cook-off winners, and featured faculty and students.

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Gardens Give Employees Chance to Enjoy Outdoors

Published on May 14, 2019
by MSUToday

MSU Science Festival Promotes Plant Propagation

Published on April 20, 2019
by Spartan News Room

A better start for nursery trees

Published on April 11, 2019
by Good Fruit Grower

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