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.
Christopher Philips and his team are working to gather data on the invasive brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) and how it is affecting Minnesota apple orchards. As there is currently no data available in this area, they are focusing on providing provide knowledge that will aid in optimizing monitoring and control strategies for this invasive pest.
Bill Hutchinson and his team are working to determine how Spotted Wing Drosophila phenology and biology impacts production of cold hardy grapes in Minnesota. The results that are generated through this project will provide the basis for an effective Integrated Pest Management program for the industry.
Bill 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.