Today's U of M horticultural scientists continue the University's heritage of successfully breeding cold-hardy, disease-resistant varieties.
For information on the latest horticultural research please visit the features and impacts page.
Vegetables and Berries
Studies on how high tunnel systems can help manage disease, pests, and cold weather while extending the Minnesota growing season are underway at research sites throughout Minnesota.
U of M researchers are providing new proven varieties of plants for Minnesota nurseries to grow. These new varieties are often pest resistant, well adapted, and tested to survive Minnesota's Zone 3 and 4 conditions.
Grapes and Apples
From Honeycrisp to SweeTango® University researchers have been instrumental in growing Minnesota's apple industry. New cold-hardy grape varieties developed at the University have initiated the rapid growth of Minnesota's wine industry.
William Hutchison and his team are working on developing integrated pest management systems to assist with the control of japanese beetles in the specialty crop industry.
Matt Clark and his team conducting research on an emerging global problem called Grapevine Trunk Disease with the aim of identifying the pathogens, determining their impact, biology and ecology and developing necessary management recommendations for vineyards.
Since its arrival in 2012, the spotted wing drosophila (SWD) has been one of the most damaging invasive species in Minnesota agriculture. Bill Hutchison and his team are exploring several management practices to help Minnesota small fruit growers deal with this devastating threat.