UMN chyrsanthemum with frost.

Horticultural Research

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.

Landscape Plants

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.

Ibrahim Volkan Isler and his team are developing technology that focuses on two tasks: counting apples in an orchard and measuring their diameter. New technologies like these present an important opportunity for speciality crop growers.

Neil Anderson and his team have continued the University's long-term mum breeding program while leading it in new directions. Their innovations and partnerships have had a profound affect on the floral industry in the U.S. and throughout the world.

MAES supports horticultural research for fruit, vegetables, and ornamental plants and turfgrasses. Research in these areas includes breeding new plant and crop varieties, exploring new management practices and technologies and studying pests and disease affecting the horticultural industry. Here we provide an overview of research highlights from fiscal year 2018.