Introducing Triumph™

February 10, 2021

The next UMN apple has been named! The apple formerly known as MN 1980, a cross of ‘Honeycrisp’ and ‘Liberty’, has been named Triumph™.

In Memory of Harold Wilkins

February 9, 2021

Dr. Harold F. Wilkins, Emeritus Professor, passed away this month at the age of 87. Dr. Wilkins was a long-time professor of floriculture (extension, research, teaching) in this department from 1966 to 1989.

Navigating Internships in these Unprecedented Times

January 19, 2021

It’s no secret that a global pandemic has changed the college campus, particularly for students pursuing careers in public engagement. How can you dive headfirst into public garden management while social distancing? The answer involves creative thinking and a digital touch. CFANS junior Nick Witthoeft discovered this himself during the heat of a COVID summer.

UMN professor, pioneer of grasses research set to retire

December 8, 2020

(MN Daily) Following a 26-year career at the University of Minnesota, University professor and horticulturalist Mary Meyer is retiring at the end of December with plans to continue curating grasses at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

Science student, social justice steward

December 8, 2020

(CFANS) Bryant Jones believes in the power of community — and the power of plants. This enterprising plant science senior in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) has done volumes of impressive work in horticultural science — and has supported and uplifted his community through personal social justice initiatives — all as an undergraduate.

Bringing the world of plants online

December 8, 2020

(CFANS) Online classes. That phrase brings up an array of reactions from professors and students. Along with the rest of the world, CFANS had to face the challenges of online learning abruptly this past spring, and they continue to teach in an online format as a result of the pandemic. The Department of Horticultural Science saw this challenge as a chance to get creative.

Grape Expectations!

September 10, 2020

(CFANS) From the vine to the glass — delicious wines from UMN Itasca grapes debut this season. Minnesota wine lovers, raise your glasses! This season, wines made from the University of Minnesota’s (UMN) newest cold-hardy wine grape, ‘Itasca,’ are available for the first time for consumers, with more options coming next year.

Emerging farmers apply science, explore soil-improving crops

November 5, 2020

(CFANS) The story of how Big River Farms and the University of Minnesota are working together to improve soil health, pollinator habitat and landscape cover has a number of intriguing “plots” — all of them centered on cover crops and intended to make the science of environmentally-friendly farming accessible and beneficial to emerging farmers.

Reflections from the Global Youth Institute

November 20, 2020

(CFANS) Adynn Stedillie had the opportunity of a lifetime — and one that will certainly shape her future. The first-year CFANS student, who is majoring in Plant Science with a track in horticulture and minoring in Food Systems and French, participated alongside seven other Minnesotans in the Global Youth Institute hosted by the World Food Prize Foundation.

More Than Meets the Nose

December 18, 2018

When it comes to food, smell is almost as important as taste. It’s common to take a moment to smell a glass of wine, and there are whole sections of Target devoted to the scent of apples. 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?