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  • AgBioResearch

    MSU AgBioResearch scientists conduct innovative research in the areas of food, energy and the environment.


  • Lake City Research Center: An Overview

    The Lake City Research Center includes 810 acres of managed land and 180 beef cows in a geographic area suitable for forage-based livestock and potato production.

  • Growing compact sour cherries for high-density systems

    In an effort to increase production in trees in years four and five, Michigan State University AgBioResearch horticulturist Ron Perry is growing new smaller varieties and harvesting them with a blueberry harvester.

  • Mapping forest structure

    Researchers at Fred Russ Forest are using a tree mapping system to map the locations of trees, measure size and record data in the field computer.

  • MSU Sustainable Forest Virtual Field Day: Bill Botti

    Published on October 15, 2020

    Bill Botti, former Executive Director of Michigan Forest Association discusses the history of MFA forests and their connection to Michigan State University.

  • Long-term Management of Hardwood trees

    Michigan State University researchers from Fred Russ Forest and the MSU forestry department is running several long-term studies to investigate silvicultural practices that result in the regeneration of the Oak species.

  • Exploring the Future of Cattle Grazing

    AgBioResearch scientists at Lake City Research Center are focusing on the future of beef cattle and natural resource utilization.

  • Developing new Tart Cherry varieties

    Researchers are developing new varieties of tart cherries that will increase profitability in tart cherry production and ensure the environmental stewardship of the lakeshore land. One such variety is the "Balaton."

  • Exploring hybrid-plant energy sources

    Michigan State University researchers are evaluating hybrid poplar trees as a potential woody fuel source for use in short-rotation energy plantations. The poplars can be burned for energy or converted into ethanol.

  • MSU Sustainable Forest Virtual Field Day: Dean Reid Regeneration

    Published on October 15, 2020

    Dean Reid, a consulting forester, discusses forest regeneration.

  • Long-Term Ecological Research: An overview

    Researchers at W.K. Kellogg Biological Station are using the Long-Term Ecological Research program to understand the ecology of Midwest cropping systems and agricultural landscapes.

  • Optimizing hoop houses for vegetable production in the U.P.

    Published on May 9, 2014

    Scientists and educators at Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center are optimizing hoop houses to extend the growing season in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

  • New staff breathes life into U.P. Incubator Farm

    Three new MSU staff members and one intern rejuvenate the North Farm at the Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center in Chatham, MI. Their goal is to develop an incubator farm at the site to improve agricultural knowledge throughout the region.

  • Michigan beans: Contending with White Mold

    The Montcalm Research Center is a large research nursery. Researchers perform variety testing on large seeded beans, looking for performance and adaptation. They also study disease resistance, one such disease being white mold.

  • 2013 Michigan Wheat College at MSU

    Michigan wheat growers returned to the classroom for a one-day Wheat College at MSU where topics such as uniformity,planting depths and rates, nitrogen management, headcount evaluation, and disease and insect management were explored.

  • Linda Hanson

    Linda Hanson researches disease resistance to help growers reduce pesticide use and make managing their farm easier.

  • Addressing Phomopsis on blue spruce

    Researchers at W.K. Kellogg Experimental Forest are studying the Phomopsis fungus and its devastating effects on Colorado Blue Spruce. Phomopsis is a disease of the branches, resulting in a loss of needles.

  • Enhancing farm systems for Michigan's U.P.

    Published on May 8, 2014

    Researchers at the Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center are taking a systems approach to farming, interfacing soil health, plant agriculture and animal agriculture for producers in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

  • Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center Overview

    The Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center hosts research and programming on sugar beets, dry beans and wheat.

  • MSU and sustainable woody bioenergy production

    MSU AgBioResearch scientists at the MSU Forest Biomass Innovation Center are using willow and poplar hybrid production systems in an effort to lower production costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Combatting Colorado Potato Beetle

    Researchers at Montcalm Research Center are studying Michigan Potato's number one pest: Colorado Potato Beetles, which is resistant to several insecticides.