Horticultural Features and Impacts

Spotted Wing Drosophila by Bob KochBill Hutchison and his research team are exploring the best ways to control and manage Spotted Wing Drosophila in high tunnels growing raspberries. Their findings will be used to develop integrated pest management solutions for Minnesota growers.

Itasca Grape.The University of Minnesota is releasing its fifth cold-hardy wine grape and it’s named “Itasca.”

Angela Orshinsky.Angela Orshinsky and her team are working to fulfill a critical need for data related to tomato leaf mold and its potential impact on Minnesota grown tomatoes.

Christopher Philips.Christopher Philips and his team are working to develop an IMP decision-making tool and early-warning system for fruit growers dealing with the threat of the Spotted-wing Drosophila.

Marla Spivak with beehive.For nearly 100 years, the University of Minnesota has conducted research on bees. In this impact video, entomologist Marla Spivak discusses how U of M researchers are currently working to address the changing needs of bees in Minnesota and beyond.

David Bedford Pollinating Apple TreesIn this impact video, Jim Luby and David Bedford describe the University’s apple breeding program and how they are incorporating both new and old techniques to help discover the next U of M release.

Jerry D. Cohen.Jerry D. Cohen is a Gordon and Margaret Bailey Professor in the Department of Horticultural Science. His current research focus is understanding the basic biology of plant growth and how plants respond to biological and physical stresses.

Spotted wing Drosophila (SWD).  By Bob KochWilliam Hutchison and his team are exploring the effect of SWD as an invasive fruit pest in North America, particularly Minnesota.

Beehive.Marla Spivak and her team are working to help commercial beekeepers reduce honey bee colony losses that provide honey and critical pollination services of almond, fruit, and vegetable crops.

Marla Spivak with a bee hive.U of M Entomologist Marla Spivak continues her fascinating research and community outreach on honeybees and the growing concern of colony collapse.  Through a combination of research and outreach, the “Bee Squad” is improving life for bees in the Twin Cities and throughout Minnesota. #MNImpacts