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.

Jim Luby and his team have changed apple industry through the introduction of new apple varieties with unique textures and amazing flavor!  From Honeycrisp to Rave/First Kiss their creations have revived the apple industry in Minnesota and beyond. 

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. 

University researchers are committed to uncovering new information and developing conservation plans to assist with adaptation strategies. Here we provide an overview of research highlights from fiscal year 2018.