Research and Impacts
As a land-grant university, the U of M is committed to conducting research to improve Minnesota’s agricultural and forest products, horticulture, human nutrition, family and community, and environmental quality.
MAES’s multidisciplinary research explores the ecological, economic, and environmental interactions between the agriculture that feeds the world, the environment that sustains the earth, and the human interactions that support our society.
Advancement of agricultural research was the initial call-to-action when the Hatch Act was implemented in 1887. Today, researchers continue to search for key solutions to provide safe, healthy, and economically and environmentally sustainable food sources for a growing population.
Research is at the heart of advancing horticulture understanding to develop new varieties and opportunities for future generations. Our researchers work on projects involving horticultural plants, fruits, vegetables, and flowers with the aim of expanding Minnesota’s horticulture industry.
As environmental concerns continue to create new challenges, University researchers are committed to finding solutions for everything from forest conservation to developing sustainable cropping systems to discovering alternative and renewable energy sources.
As society has moved away from the rural areas and into cities, U of M researchers have been ideally placed to explore the societal, economic, and personal impacts. From affordable urban housing to food safety and animal health concerns, researchers are exploring today’s important welfare issues and discovering solutions.
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.
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.