Throughout the semester, the Department of Horticultural Science hosts speakers from the U and beyond in our Wednesday Seminar series. Seminars are held every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in 310 Alderman Hall, and all are invited to attend. See a PDF of the full Fall 2016 schedule or use the Google Calendar to the left to add seminars directly to your own calendar.
Are you looking to connect with current students to pass on advice and answer questions they have about your field? From noon to 1 p.m. on April 13 the department is hosting an alumni panel. Participants will get a free lunch and a gift from the department, as well as parking paid for if needed. If you’re interested in participating, please fill out this short form and we’ll get in touch with you.
Throughout the semester, the Department of Horticultural Science hosts speakers from the U and beyond in our Wednesday Seminar series. Seminars are held every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in 310 Alderman Hall, and all are invited to attend. See a PDF of the full Spring 2016 schedule or use the Google Calendar to the left to add seminars directly to your own calendar.
The Department of Horticultural Science is proud to open nominations for our inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award. This award will honor an alumnus/alumna who has attained professional distinction in horticultural science as evidenced by outstanding professional achievement on a state, national or international level. Nominees will be chosen based on their demonstrated distinction in their professional lives, recognition as an authority within the field of horticultural science, and exceptional service to or volunteer activities in her/his field. The recipient of the award is asked to attend the Kermit Olson Memorial Lecture on April 13, 2016. Their visit will entail participating in discussions with undergraduate students on career development, speaking to class(es), and attending the Kermit Olson Lecture.
- Candidates must have received at least one of the following degrees from the Department of Horticultural Science:
- Baccalaureate degree with a major in Horticulture, Environmental Horticulture, Animal & Plant Systems, Science in Agriculture, Food Systems, or Plant Science
- Master of Agriculture
- Master of Professional Studies in Horticulture
- Graduate degree advised by a faculty member of Horticultural Science.
- Nominees may be a group of alumni who collaboratively and individually meet the distinguished alumni award criteria.
- Current staff or faculty in the Department of Horticultural Science or sitting Regents, are not eligible for this award.
Anyone may nominate an individual for this award, and individuals are welcome to self-nominate. Nominate an individual online. Nominations are due by midnight on January 6, 2016. Contact Echo Martin (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
Throughout the semester, the Department of Horticultural Science hosts speakers from the U and beyond in our Wednesday Seminar series. Seminars are held every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in 310 Alderman Hall, and all are invited to attend. See a PDF of the full Fall 2015 schedule or use the Google Calendar to the left to add seminars directly to your own calendar.
On June 12 the department hosted a reception to thank Pat and Margaret Luby, pictured above with President Kaler and spouse Karen Kaler, for establishing the Luby Family Honeycrisp Chair for Fruit Crop Innovation. Their generous donation will ensure continued research innovation in fruit crop breeding, genetics, and variety development for years to come.
- What does organic and sustainable horticultural food production mean?
- What is the role of organics in food security and does it have the potential to feed the world?
- How does food choice and consumer behavior impact natural resources and the environment?
- What are the potential benefits, limitations, misconceptions and ethics of biotechnology in organic and sustainable food systems?
- How do GMOs and pesticide use fit into these production systems?
- What are current organic and urban agriculture endeavors in the Twin Cities?
Discuss the answers to these questions and more when you sign up to take HORT 2031 this fall with Mary Rogers. The class is held Tuesdays and Thursdays 4-5:15 p.m. on East Bank and fulfills the Lib Ed requirement of Environment.
Thank you to everyone who attended the 2015 Kermit A. Olson Memorial Lecture and Scholarship Ceremony on April 1, and congratulations to all of our scholarship and award winners. Because of our generous donors, in 2015 we awarded over $60,000 in scholarships. See the full list of recipients and the scholarships they won below, or go to Facebook to see pictures from the event. The criteria for each scholarship can be seen on our Scholarships page.
Vincent K. Bailey Scholarship
Thomas M. and Drusilla Paist McGill Scholarship
Phil and Mary Allen Scholarship
St. Anthony Park Garden Club Scholarship
Flower Society Scholarship
Arthur E. Hutchins Scholarship
Edgar & Arlene Graupman Scholarship
Dale & Ingebor
Gideon Memorial Scholarship
Leon C. Snyder Scholarship
Soil & Sunshine Garden Club
Richard A. Hamilton Scholarship
Markhart Organics Scholarship
Wagner’s Greenhouse Scholarship
George and Mary Lou Klacan Scholarship
Gordon & Margaret Bailey Scholarship
Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association Scholarship
ASHS Collegiate Scholars Awards
ASHS Outstanding Undergraduate Student
The Gordon and Margaret Bailey Scholarship for MPS
Daniels Fellowship in Horticulture
Soon Li Teh
Hueg Landscape Arboretum Research Fellowship
Reid Landscape-Horticulture Fellowship
Fellowship in Plant Developmental Biology
Munich & Wahler Memorial Fellowship
William H. Alderman Memorial Graduate Award
Outstanding Student Employee Award
Outstanding Staff Service Award
Please join us for our annual Kermit Olson lecture on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. There will be an appetizer reception at 6p.m., awards and lecture will begin at 7p.m.
For planning purposes, please RSVP online.
Biocultural Diversity of Heirloom Vegetable and Fruit Cultivars in the American Mountain South
Horticultural Science Seminar Series
The Department of Horticultural Science hosts weekly seminars featuring professors, researchers, and other professionals doing interesting work in the field of horticultural science. Seminars are held every Wednesday at 3:30pm in 310 Alderman Hall and all are invited to attend. Download a PDF of the full Spring 2015 schedule or add the seminars to your Google Calendar.
Solid Set Canopy Delivery Systems: A Precision Agriculture Approach for High Density Tree Fruit
Presented by Matthew J. Grieshop, Associate Professor, MSU Entomology
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
3:30p.m.–4:30p.m. in Alderman 310
The transformation of apple canopies from large spherical volumes to fruiting walls has been one of the most dramatic changes in horticultural practices over the past 3 decades. Spray application techniques, however, have not kept pace. We have developed and evaluated a revolutionary solid set canopy delivery system (SSCDS) optimized for delivering foliar inputs to fruiting walls. Two years of research indicate that our prototype SSCDS can provide adequate coverage, insect and disease management in high density apples.
In addition, our SSCDS was used to modify canopy microclimate through evaporation cooling. We delated bloom in cherries by 11 days and applesby 8 days — while using 6 fold less water than traditional evaporation cooling approaches. This opens the door to manipulating tree phenology to avoid frost events. A variety of challenges remain in the engineering of our system, including the automataion of fault checking and moving to a hybrid pneumatic/hydraulic delivery system.
January 14-16, 2014
Minneapolis Convention Center
Northern Green Expo is the largest trade show and educational conference in the region dedicated exclusively to green industry professionals. Students get a reduced price for the conference, and they can apply for a conference scholarship to help cover attendance.