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We’ve all been there - you are invited to a holiday party and tasked with bringing the wine, but where to start? We asked Drew Horton, enology specialist at the UMN Horticultural Research Center, and graduate student, Anna Underhill, their tips on the art of choosing the perfect wine.

Laura

It’s hard to think about learning horticulture without first learning how to propagate plants. HORT 1001 (informally known as “Plant Prop”) has been around as long as we have been teaching horticulture at the University. Many faculty have taught the course over the years, but the glue that has always help the course together is the lab, that is where the magic happens. . . 

steamy plant

You can’t visit a nursery, greenhouse, or your neighbor’s back porch without seeing them: black plastic pots. Department of Horticultural Science graduate student takes issue with that blind acceptance in defense of the root system. George Guenthner tries to find an answer to the burning question: just how much heat can a root system take?

ruha

Like many students, Melanie Ruha was not exposed to horticulture until partway through college. She never thought horticulture was something you could make a career of. Internships, scholarships, and study abroad opportunities helped to solidify her choice of majors and guide her career plans. 

Hegeman

When it comes to food, smell is almost as important as taste. It may come as no surprise that aroma is one of the factors considered when developing a new fruit variety—but did you know that aroma might also be related to other fruit qualities like texture?

Herman Cohen and son Professor Jerry Cohen

Herman Cohen was an accomplished horticultural professional whose life and career touched almost all areas of horticultural science, including gardening, plant breeding, landscapes, floriculture, and plant and soil relationships. His son, Jerry Cohen, a professor in the Department of Horticultural Science at the University of Minnesota, is keeping his father’s legacy and love of horticulture alive by establishing the Herman Charles Cohen fund for graduate education.

Anderson and Studebaker in Alaska

Alaska: A home not only to enormous glaciers and wild salmon, but to a wide and unique variety of plant life. This was the destination for Horticultural Science professor Neil O. Anderson in fall of 2017 and again this spring, with the goal of expanding the germplasm collection for his chrysanthemum breeding program. Anderson’s focus species was Chrysanthemum arcticum and its two subspecies, commonly known as the arctic daisy, all of which grow primarily in coastal areas within the “last frontier” of the United States.

Abigail Diering

 “In other labs you stay inside all day, but in my lab we go to the greenhouse and look at things that are alive.”

Abigail Diering, a Plant Science and Chemistry major from Denver, Colorado, speaks enthusiastically about her experience working in two Horticultural Science research laboratories. Her interest in plant research can be traced back to one of her first classes at the University of Minnesota: Plant Propagation, Horticultural Science’s introductory course covering the fundamentals of plant biology and a wide variety of growing techniques.

Bees, berries and borage

Bees need flowers and flowers need bees. This is one of the simplest lessons of the natural world, but as a graduate student in the Department of Horticultural Science, Nathan Hecht wants to know more about what this means specifically for Minnesota food production. How can our understanding of ecology inform the way we design our agricultural systems? That is, how can we create agricultural landscapes that are both more productive and sustainable?

McCormick and Pederson pose together

When CFANS alumnus Garrett McCormick (B.S. Food Systems, 2015) was just fourteen, he began taking probiotics and noticed a big change in how he felt: he had more energy and he was ill less frequently. Years later, after meeting Amanda Pederson (B.S. Nutrition, 2016) in a cooking class at the University of Minnesota, they turned this insight into their careers.

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