Plant and Crop Physiology and Biochemistry

Promoting sustainable crop production, improving plant productivity and quality, reducing postharvest losses, understanding how plants sense and respond to abiotic stress, probing the diversity of plant specialized metabolism, and understanding fundamental mechanisms of growth and development

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Faculty Interest and Expertise

  • Cornelius Barry

    Associate Professor
    Biochemical Evolution of Specialized Metabolism within the Solanaceae Family; Genetic Determinants of Fruit Quality and Ripening
    (517) 884-6959

  • Randy Beaudry

    Postharvest biology and technology; controlled atmosphere storage of pome fruit, modified atmosphere packaging; sugarbeet storage, ripening biology and aroma volatile biochemistry.
    (517) 353-0303

  • Daniel Brainard

    Development of reduced-tillage, cover-crop intensive vegetable production systems; weed ecology and management, with an emphasis on seed biology

  • Bert Cregg

    Physiology and management of trees in landscapes and nursery production

  • Todd Einhorn

    Associate Professor
    Tree fruit physiology, plant-water relations, rootstock biology, plant growth regulation
    (517) 353-0430

  • Tom Fernandez, Ph.D.

    Sustainability of wholesale production nurseries, water management and quality

  • Rebecca Grumet

    Reproductive development in Cucumis; regulation of sex-expression; disease resistance; biotechnology biosafety; cucurbit genomics.

  • Kyung-Hwan Han

    Molecular biology of secondary growth; secondary wall biosynthesis; feedstock development for bioenergy and biomaterials; drought tolerance

  • Courtney Hollender

    Assistant Professor
    Molecular Genetics, Plant Development, Fruit Tree Physiology
    (517) 353-0446

  • Ning Jiang

    Function of transposable elements; mechanisms of genome diversification; computational and molecular biology.

  • Muraleedharan Nair

    Bioactive natural products: Functional foods and Phytoceuticals. Discovery, isolation, purification, identification and standardization of bioactive molecules; efficacy, dose and toxicity evaluation; formulation and process development.
    (517) 353-0406

  • Erik Runkle

    Lighting applications in greenhouses and indoor vertical farms; light-emitting diodes; greenhouse energy conservation; crop production in controlled environments
    (517) 353-0350

  • Paolo Sabbatini

    Grapevine physiology; photosynthetic carbon assimilation and partitioning; viticulture; cultivar evaluation of Michigan.
    (517) 353-0302

  • Guo-Qing Song

    Improvement of horticultural plants using genomic, genetic, and biotechnological tools; genetic transformation, gene editing.
    (517) 353-0384

  • Steve van Nocker

    Developmental genetics of plants, traits important for production including flowering, chromatin regulation of gene expression
    (517) 353-0394

  • Ryan Warner

    Associate Professor
    Genetics of plant development; genomics-assisted breeding; marker-assisted selection; floriculture crops.
    (517) 353-0344


  • 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

Students find internship and career opportunities in many diverse areas, including crop production, sales, research and teaching:

Internship and Job Postings for MSU Horticulture Students (Certificate, B.S., & Graduate) and Alumni


Other Educational Opportunities and Resources


Fruits & Nuts

Nursery & Christmas Trees

Organic Agriculture