Department of Horticulture, Michigan State University

General presentation

The Department’s mission is to prepare our students for horticulture-related careers in science and business. This includes making new discoveries in the plant sciences; promoting the use of plants and food for improved human health and a safe environment; improving the characteristics, quality and availability of horticultural products; and strengthening the competitive position of the world’s horticultural industries. Faculty members possess a diverse array of expertise – both interdisciplinary (e.g., breeding, genomics, development, physiology, metabolism, molecular biology, and sustainable production), and commodity based (e.g., fruits/pomology, vegetables, viticulture, floriculture, nursery crops, postharvest, design and landscape ecology, and marketing) – which they utilize in their research, teaching and outreach programs, at both the national and international levels.

Involvement in the Vinifera programme

Michigan State University actively participates in the selection of American applications, organizing a one-day seminar in the main Campus in east Lansing. The Department of Horticulture and the Viticulture program in collaboration with the consortium EMaVE organize research topics in vine physiology and vine management for students that are looking to undertake their research thesis work in a cool climate viticulture region of the world. Several research topics are offered annually in the research area of vine physiology to students. The main areas of emphasis are physiological and cultural factors limiting vine growth, sustainable yield, fruit maturity and quality. The physiological bases of yield and quality, vegetative and reproductive processes in response to biotic and abiotic environmental stresses are the major topics. The goal is to solve whole vine problems that will optimize crop productivity and product quality.

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Contact person

Paolo Sabbatini

Associate Professor, Department of Horticulture

Viticulturist and Extension Specialist

Michigan State University, Plant and Soil Sciences Building