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.
Minnesota has seen rapid growth in its wine industry, particularly in the past decade. To continue this growth, vineyard owners are in constant need of new and better products and varieties to boost their industry and keep wine lovers interested.
An analysis of the economic impact of the northern grape industry uncovers continued growth and opportunities.
Insect pollinators provide essential services to growers of US fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds and honeybees are their star performer accounting for over two-thirds of the agricultural output attributed to insect pollination. Research projects and extension programs are uncovering new information to help Minnesotans protect this essential insect.