Dr. Emily Hoover, UMN Department of Horticultural Science, Professor and Head. Hoover received her B.S. degree in Horticulture from Michigan State University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Horticulture from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Hoover has published numerous peer-reviewed publications, outreach publications, and a website (fruit.umn.edu) for fruit farmers and the general public. Dr. Hoover’s research examines production methodologies for producing fruit crops with sustainable methods emphasizing practices that are environmentally gentle. Dr. Hoover was appointed Head of the Department of Horticultural Science in 2009 and leads a diverse group of faculty and staff who work to produce knowledge on a wide range of plant species, including the traditional horticultural plants, fruits, vegetables, and flowers. The department also conducts research on Minnesota’s native plant populations, including exotic species with invasive potential. Minnesota’s interesting climate—which in a single year can produce temperatures ranging from -50 to 100° F—offers researchers and students a special opportunity to study plant life in extreme conditions.
Hort 5031: Fruit Production for Local and Organic Markets (taught during fall semester of odd years)
I collaborate with a number of researchers to study fruit production methodologies. Working in concert with Steve Poppe at the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris MN, we have developed systems for minimizing weed pressure in June-bearing strawberries as well as producing day neutral strawberries in cold climates. Dr. Hoover is part of the international research group NC140 (nc140.org) to study winter hardiness of apple rootsocks.
Anderson, H., M. Rogers, E. Hoover. 2019. Low tunnel covering and microclimate, fruit yield, and quality in an organic strawberry production system. HortTech: 29(5):590-598. doi.org/10.21273/HORTTECH04319-19
Petran, A., E. Hoover. 2018. The Flowers of Fragaria ananassa: Morphology, Response to Photoperiod, and Genetics of Induction. Hort. Rev. 45:1-31
Kostick, S., E. Hoover, N. O. Anderson, J. Tillman, E. Tepe. 2018. Seed germination as a metric of invasive potential in winter-hardy Prunus. J. Amer. Pom. Soc.72(3):145-156
Anderson, N. O., E. Hoover, B. Longo, M. Ross. 2018. Development of a uniform approach to writing and grading of laboratory reports in Horticultural Science courses. J. Curr. and Teaching 7(1): 125-134
Autio, W., et al. 2017. Budagovsky, Geneva, Pillnitz, and Malling Apple Rootstocks Affect 'Honeycrisp' Performance Over the First Five Years of the 2010 NC-140 'Honeycrisp' Apple Rootstock Trial. J. Amer. Pom. Soc 71(3):149-166
Honors and Awards
President’s Outstanding Service Award (University of Minnesota), 2013
Fellow, American Society for Horticultural Science, 2007
Academy of Distinguished Teachers at the University of Minnesota, 1999
USDA National Award for Excellence in Teaching. 1997.
American Society for Horticultural Science Career Achievement Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education. 1995
Morse-Alumni Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, University of Minnesota. 1995