Eric Hanson

Professor

Eric Hanson

PhD

1066 Bogue St, Room A338
East Lansing, MI 48824

Phone: 517-353-0386

Area of Expertise: Mineral nutrition and fertilizer use in fruit production; high-tunnel berry crop production; cover crops and weed management

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Joined Department

1984

Appointment

Extension 42%

Research  35%

Teaching  22%

Education

B.S. in Biology, Nasson College

M.S. in Plant Science, University of Maine

PhD in Horticulture, Oregon State University

Teaching

  • Plant Mineral Nutrition, HRT 205
  • Viticulture and Small fruit Production, HRT 336
  • Tree Fruit Production HRT 332

Research

Dr. Hanson has been involved in a broad range of research projects addressing applied questions related to fruit production, with an emphasis on berry crops. Dr. Hanson’s primary area of interest is the mineral nutrition and fertilizer use in fruit production, but he has studied cover crops and weed management, growth regulator use, and genotype screening for adoption to Michigan conditions.  Crops include apples, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, grapes, raspberries and strawberries. Some current projects involve:

  • Weed management approaches for conventional and organic blueberry production.
  • High tunnel use in organic raspberry production.
  • High tunnels to extend the season and improve berry crop yields and berry quality.  Dr. Hanson is the PI for a USDA-SCRI research and extension project coordinated across eight universities titled “Optimizing Protected Culture Environments for Berry Crops”.  Details can be found on the project’s website: www.tunnelberries.org

Extension

Dr. Hanson provides berry crop producers with current production recommendations through printed and on-line resources, meetings, and field demonstrations. He serve as resource person for Extension educational programs in Michigan and elsewhere on topics such as berry crop nutrition, weed management, variety selection, and horticultural practices. He provides in-service training for Extension educators, and serves as Education Coordinator for the Michigan State Horticulture Society, coordinating fruit education programs for the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Marketing EXPO.

Publications

Selected Recent Publications

  • Zhang, Lei, Y. Zhinong, E. Hanson and E. Ryser. 2015. Efficacy of chlorine dioxide gas and freezing rate on the microbiological quality of frozen blueberries. Food Control 47:114-119.
  • Lindberg, W., E. Hanson and G.A. Lobos. 2014. Partial inhibition of flowering in young highbush blueberries with gibberellins. Cien. Inv. Agr. 41(3):349-356.51.
  • Gluck, Benjamin and E. Hanson. 2013. Effect of drip irrigation and winter precipitation on distribution of soil salts in three season high tunnels. Acta Hort. 987:99-104.
  • Demchak, K. and E. Hanson. 2013. Small fruit production in high tunnels in the U. S. Acta Hort. 987:41-47.
  • Grieshop, Matthew J, E. Hanson, A. Schilder, R. Isaacs, D. Mutch, C. Garcia-Salazar, M. Longstroth, and J. Sadowsky. 2012. Status update on organic blueberries in Michigan. Inter. J. Fruit Sci. 12:232-245.
  • Hanson, E.J., Gluck, B.I. and Schilder, A. 2013. High tunnels for organic raspberry production in the midwestern US. Acta Hort. 1001:73-77.
  • Lang, G., E. Hanson, J. Biernbaum, D. Brainard, M. Grieshop, R. Isaacs, A. Montri, V. Morrone, A. Schilder, D. Conner, and J. Koan. 2013. Holistic integration of organic strategies and high tunnels for Midwest/Great Lakes fruit production. Acta Hort. 1001:47-55.
  • Sadowski, J., A. Schilder, and E. Hanson. 2012. Root colonization by ericoid mycorrhizae and dark septate endophytes in organic and conventional blueberry fields in Michigan. Inter. J. Fruit Sci. 12:169-187.
  • Hanson, E. 2012. Primocane-fruiting blackberry performance in high tunnels in cold regions. Acta Hort. 946:347-402.
  • Hanson, Eric,  Mike Von Weihe, Annemiek C. Schilder, Ann M. Chanon and Joseph Scheerens. 2011. High tunnel production of floricane- and primocane-fruiting raspberries. HortTechnology 21:412-418.
  • Hanson, E.J. 2009. Response of highbush blueberry to postemergent herbicides. Acta Hort. 810:425-428.
  • Hancock, J., P Callow, S. Serce, E. Hanson, and R. Beaudry. 2008. Effect of cultivar, controlled atmosphere storage and ripeness on long term storage of highbush blueberries. HortTechnology 18: 196-319.
  • Hanson, E.J., S.F. Berkheimer, and J.F. Hancock. 2007. Seasonal changes in the cold hardiness of highbush blueberry flower buds. J. Amer. Pomol. Soc. 61:14-18.
  • Popa, I.,  E. Hanson, E. Todd, A. Schilder, and E. Ryser. 2007.  Efficacy of chlorine dioxide gas sachets for enhancing the microbiological quality and safety of blueberries. J. Food. Prot. 70:2084-2088.

Program Areas

Fruit - Pomology

  • Weed management approaches for conventional and organic blueberry production.
  • High tunnel use in organic raspberry production.
  • High tunnels to extend the season and improve berry crop yields and berry quality.  Dr. Hanson is the PI for a USDA-SCRI research and extension project coordinated across eight universities titled “Optimizing Protected Culture Environments for Berry Crops”.  Details can be found on the project’s website: www.tunnelberries.org