Dr. John Biernbaum, Professor


Joined Department

August 1, 1985


60% University General
20% Michigan AgBio Research
20% MSUE


Ph.D., Horticultural Science, Michigan State University, 1985
M.S., Horticultural Science, The Pennsylvania State University, 1981
B.S., Horticultural Science, North Carolina State University, 1979


Honors and Awards

Michigan State University "Be Spartan Green"  2015 Outstanding Faculty Award

Michigan Organic Food and Farming Alliance (MOFFA) 2004 Public Service Award
Honorary State Future Farmers of America Degree, 2003
Member of Floriculture Team that received the 2002 John Hannah Award for Program Excellence in Extension
Bedding Plants International 1998 Futura Award for Outstanding Teaching and Research
College of Agri. and Nat. Res. Student Senate Outstanding Academic Advisor  1997
Ohio Florists' Assoc. 1994 and 1996 Alex Laurie Award for Outstanding Research Paper
Professional Plant Growers Association National Publications Award 1992 and 1993
MSU Senior Student Council Outstanding Teaching Faculty Award for 1992
Michigan Floral Association, National Service Award for 1989


Waldman, Kurt, David Conner, John Biernbaum, Michael Hamm and Adam Montri.  2012.  Determinants of Hoophouse Profitability:  A Case Study of 12 Novice Michigan Farmers.  HortTechnology 22(2) 215-223.

Fisher, P.R., W.R. Argo, and J.A. Biernbaum. 2014. Validation of a fertilizer potential acidity model to predict the effects of water soluble fertilizer on substrate-pH. HortScience 49(8):1061-1066.

Biernbaum, J. 2011.  Four Season Farming and Learning.  In Fields of Learning: The student farm movement in North America. Ed Laura Sayre and Sean Clark. University Press of KY, 378 pgs.

 Nair, A., M. Ngouajio, and J. A. Biernbaum. 2011. Alfalfa-based organic amendment in peat-compost growing medium for organic tomato transplant production. HortScience 46(2):253-259.

 Montri, A. and J. Biernbaum. 2009. Management of the soil environment in high tunnels.  HortTechnology 19:34-36.

 Biernbaum, J.A., Thorp, L. and Ngouajio, M. 2006. Development of a Year-round Student Organic Farm and Organic Farming Curriculum at Michigan State University.  HortTechnology 16(3):20-24.

Kelley, Kathleen M., Author Cameron, John A. Biernbaum, and Kenneth L. Poff. 2003. Effect of storage temperature on the quality of edible flowers. Postharvest Biology and Technology 27:341-344.

Kelley, Kathleen M., Bridget K. Behe, John A. Biernbaum, and Kenneth L. Poff. 2002. Combinations of Colors and Species of Containerized Edible Flowers: Effect on Consumer Preferences. HortScience 37(1):218-221.



Dr. John  Biernbaum, Professor

Dr. John Biernbaum

A440-C Plant & Soil Sciences Building
East Lansing MI 48824-1325

Phone: (517) 353-0419
Fax: (517) 353-0890

Email: biernbau@msu.edu