• 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.
  • Restoring native oak trees

    MacReady Reserve is a demonstration forest that houses an educational trail system where visitors can observe ongoing research and enjoy the environment. Currently, Michigan State University researchers at the reserve are exploring the effect buckthorn, an exotic invasive plant species, has on forest regeneration.
  • Improving black cherry trees

    Michigan State University researchers have teamed up with the U.S. Forest Service to test a variety of black cherry tree seedlings, evaluating them for their growth, stem form, branch angle, and disease and insect tolerance qualities. Their end-goal is to identify genetically superior planting stock.
  • Exploring alternative, carbon-neutral energy

    Michigan State University researchers are off-setting the use of coal by employing a carbon-neutral energy source: thinning chips.
  • 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.
  • Advancing Michgian cherry production: From root to fruit

    Michigan State University AgBioResearch scientists at Clarksville Research Center are looking at the advantages and economics of various protective covering systems for cherries. They are also investigating how three rootstocks interact with four designs to produce high quality, larger-than-grocery store fruit.
  • 2013 Michigan Wheat College at MSU

    Michigan wheat growers returned to the classroom for a one-day Wheat College at Michigan State University where topics such as uniformity,planting depths and rates, nitrogen management, headcount evaluation, and disease and insect management were explored. The Farm Journal Wheat College was hosted by the Michigan Wheat Program, Project GREEEN and the Michigan Crop Improvement Association; it was sponsored by Bayer Crop Science and Plant Tuff.

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