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.
By providing the industry with the latest advances in propagation, hybridization, cultivation and winemaking, U of M researchers and extension specialists are ensuring the introduction of vines with superior performance in both vineyard and winery and helping guarantee the continued growth of the wine industry throughout MN and the world.
Experts on turf, pollinators and urban landscapes teamed up to explore if flowering bee lawns are a good way for public land managers and homeowners to support bees.
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.