Plant Agriculture

Michigan State University has a rich history of plant agriculture research and outreach dating back to the origin of the institution. Through MSU AgBioResearch and MSU Extension, scientists are continuing to make discoveries in the areas of genomics, breeding, pest management and disease management, while reaching out to growers to convey the most recent findings.


  • Boosting cold tolerance in fruit crops

    Published on July 1, 2020
    MSU scientist Guo-Qing Song is working to uncover the molecular basis for cold tolerance in a multitude of agriculturally relevant fruit crops.

  • Managing cucurbit diseases with research, outreach

    Published on July 1, 2020
    Rebecca Grumet has dedicated her career to assisting specialty crop growers as an expert in reproductive development and disease resistance in cucurbit crops such as cucumbers, melons, squash and watermelons.

  • Unlocking the potential of the plant microbiome

    Published on July 1, 2020
    MSU microbial ecologist Ashley Shade is seeking to learn more about how microbes positively affect plant health and adapt to environmental pressures.


Project GREEEN

For more than 20 years, Project GREEEN has been addressing plant agriculture issues in Michigan through innovative research and outreach.

Michigan Tree Fruit Commission

The Michigan Tree Fruit Commission was created in 2014, when growers of apples, cherries, peaches and plums established the organization under the authority of Public Act 232.