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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  • A gall on a blueberry stem.

    Combating the blueberry stem gall wasp

    Published on October 8, 2019

    Michigan State University researchers work together to create solutions, reduce impact of pest on Michigan’s blueberry crop.

  • The Plant Drop

    October 2019 Hort Report

    Published on October 1, 2019

    Department news including new graduate students, fall picnic, Collegiate Plant Initiative Plant Drop, and SHA homecoming float.

  • Debalina Saha

    MSU hires new weed specialist for ornamentals

    Published on September 30, 2019

    The MSU Department of Horticulture welcomes Debalina Saha as a new assistant professor of horticulture specializing in weed management in the ornamental horticulture industry.

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Featured in the News

Underrated and underground, tuber evolution study nets $2.6 million NSF grant

Published on October 14, 2019
by MSU's College of Natural Science News

From Vine to wine: Growing Michigan's grape and wine industry

Published on October 2, 2019
by MSU Today

Science Says: Explaining Fall Foliage

Published on September 25, 2019
by WILX News

Has Protected Agriculture Become A Necessity for Berry Growing?

Published on September 16, 2019
by Growing Produce

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  • Nov 2

    Houseplant & Succulent Sale

    November 2, 2019 8:00AM - 4:00PM Plant & Soil Sciences Headhouse and Conservatory (1066 Bogue Street)

    The MSU Horticulture Gardens are largely self-funded. Help us grow by taking home some wonderful airplants, succulents and other houseplants!

  • Nov 9


    November 9, 2019 Starts 3 hours before the kickoff of the MSU vs. Illinois football game. Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education. 4301 Farm Lane, Lansing, MI 48910

    Meet with alumni and mingle with supporters from Michigan’s agricultural and natural resources industries while enjoying great food and raising money for scholarships, student activities and alumni programming.

  • Nov 12

    Plant resilience research @ MSU: Social and poster session

    November 12, 2019 4:00PM - 5:00PM

    The MSU community and those interested in plant resilience research are welcome to attend a social and poster session Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Molecular Plant Science atrium.

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