Plant Breeding and Genetics

The special demands of our climate, with its hot summers and extreme winter cold, drive industry and public demand for University-developed cultivars and germplasm. We take this demand seriously and maintain breeding and genetics programs in apples, grapes, flowers, woody landscape plants, tomatoes, dry beans, and turf and ornamental grasses.

Our research programs will continue to utilize emerging technologies to develop plants that can withstand climatic extremes while requiring low inputs of water, nutrients, and pesticides. Learn more about the cultivars the department has released over the years at Minnesota Hardy.