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College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
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Department of Horticultural Science


Research is at the heart of advancing horticulture understanding to improve upon our practices for the next generation. Our researchers 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. The stable climate of Alderman Hall offers others the opportunity to research plant life on a more fundamental level in laboratories furnished with the latest technology.

Click the links on the left to explore our main research areas.

Horticulture's corner of campus
A bird's-eye view of Horticultural Science's corner of campus: the Display & Trial Garden in the foreground, our greenhouses across the back, and some of our plots beyond them and to the left.

Work for the Department

Interested in a research job within the department? Check the University of Minnesota's employment page for current openings.

In the Lab

Close up of fingertips opening the flower

A lab worker pollinates a Brassica flower.

Quick Links

Plant Breeding & Genetics
Plant Growth & Development
Environmental Quality
Value Added Properties

Featured Blog

Canola Research at WCROC
Steve Poppe and his team research canola as a weed-suppressing cover crop for horticultural crops.