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Excitement for the fruit industry is a Wise thing

John Wise is an associate professor in the Department of Entomology at Michigan State University (MSU), where he coordinates the Applied Insecticide Toxicology Laboratory and is also the research and Extension coordinator for the Trevor Nichols Research Center (TNRC). When asked about his research, he can’t help but perk up.

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Interview with Dennis Fulbright

Read more to learn about this Michigan State University professor of plant pathology and faculty coordinator of the Rogers Reserve in Jackson.

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Growing wine grapes well in Michigan: A balancing act

Growing wine grapes in Michigan can be tricky. The European vinifera grape varieties that many people are familiar with, such as Riesling or Chardonnay, are not native to Michigan, but the favorable climate along Michigan’s western coast has allowed these varieties to grow well with proper management. Because wine grape growing is a relatively young industry in the state, Michigan grape growers are searching for the best methods to manage the growing of vinifera grape varieties so that the grapes will make wine people will enjoy.


Projects

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Improving codling moth management by maximizing the utility of pheromon-baited monitoring traps

Sometimes, the only way to make something better is to forget everything you already know about it, and start again. That strategy brought some surprising results – in a good way – for Michigan State University (MSU) entomologist Larry Gut’s Project GREEEN (Generating Research and Extension to meet Economic and Environmental Needs) research in improving codling moth management techniques for Michigan’s fruit growers.

 

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Preparing Extension educators to help state field crop industry address realities of climate change

“How can we help Michigan field crop farmers adapt to and help mitigate a changing climate?” Finding an answer to this question was what brought Michigan State University (MSU) colleagues Claire Layman and Julie Doll together on a research project intent on finding ways to engage the producer, scientist and decision maker communities in discussions about the relationship between climate change and agriculture.

 

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One miner growers do not want to save

Miners have been in the news a lot lately. They’ve been stuck below ground. They’ve been rescued. They’ve been all over television and newspapers. Basically, we have miner fever. One tiny miner, however, isn’t garnering any applause. Instead, it is causing trouble for Michigan’s asparagus growers. Fortunately, researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) are out to find a way to stop it in its tracks.


Programs

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Trevor Nichols Research Center abounds with opportunities for scientific discovery

According to Michigan State University (MSU) and Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) researchers, the Trevor Nichols Research Center (TNRC) is just one of MSU’s many facilities that provide them with opportunities to conduct studies that many scientists across the country may not experience.

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New model predicts insect populations, will help growers make control decisions

Researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) have developed a handy, new tool for vegetable growers that provides them with information about insect pests in order to help control damage before it even starts.

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Nutrition labeling helps food entrepreneurs grow

Robin Green knows that nutrition labels are not legally required for a business her size. But as the brain power behind Midge’s Muffins, she is smart enough to realize that if she wants to play in the big leagues, she has to look like she belongs there. And that means having clear, concise and accurate nutrition labels on her packaging.