An apple a day…the scientific way

September 22, 2022

For decades, University of Minnesota apple breeders have been pioneering innovative new varieties to grow a thriving apple market in the state. Get to the core of their groundbreaking, future-focused research.

2022 Fall Seminar Recordings

September 15, 2022

View our seminar recordings from the fall semester. Recordings will be added week by week. Recordings are available for 180 days after the date of the seminar. 

The Changing Climate of Minnesota Wine

September 7, 2022

As winemakers around the world scramble to adapt to the climate crisis, grapes engineered and grown in Minnesota—once a winemaking afterthought—might hold the secret to stabilizing their craft in an increasingly unstable climate.

Congratulations to Dr. Eric Watkins!

July 20, 2022

Congratulations to Dr. Eric Watkins! Dr. Watkins has accepted the role of vice provost for distributed learning starting in September.

Behind the research: Tabletop strawberries extend growing season

July 20, 2022

As Kate Fessler works toward completing a master of science degree in applied plant sciences, she's evaluating a tabletop strawberry system that has been widely adopted in Europe and Canada to determine its feasibility for use in Minnesota. We talked with her about her journey to the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) and how tabletop strawberries could extend the growing season for the much-loved fruit.

The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree

March 16, 2022

Ancestry tests aren’t just for people or pets anymore. Thanks to DNA-based tracking, researchers at the University of Minnesota have finally traced the family tree of Minnesota’s favorite apple cultivar - the Honeycrisp. Sifting through thousands of DNA markers, Department of Horticultural Science researchers have unwoven the pedigrees of many of the U’s best apple cultivars, following the roots back to their European ancestors and the first days of the breeding program. 

Spring 2022 Seminar Recordings

April 21, 2022

View our seminar recordings from the spring semester. Recordings will be added week by week. Recordings are available for 180 days after the date of the seminar. 

Copycat red nectar shows promise as a natural colorant and is gecko-approved

January 26, 2022

[UMN] Plants that secrete colored nectars are part of an exclusive club. To date, only 70 plants in the world are on that list. The colors lure in pollinators, but more recently they sparked the interest of researchers and industry partners in search of natural colorant options.

2022 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient: Dr. David Zlesak

January 25, 2022

The 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient is Dr. David Zlezak. Dr. Zlesak will be presenting at our Kermit Olson Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, February 16th, 2022.