Horticulture Research Stations and Centers

The Plant Biotechnology Resource and Outreach Center

The Plant Biotechnology Resource and Outreach Center (PBROC) is dedicated to the safe deployment of plant biotechnological advancements to Michigan and the world. The PBROC develops transformation technologies for specialty crops, provides contract services in plant transformation and micropropagation, and provides training in biotechnology and environmental biosafety.



AgBioResearch (formerly The Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station), founded in 1888, is not just one building where experiments and laboratory work occur. It encompasses the work of more than 300 scientists in five colleges at MSU: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Natural Science, Social Science, Veterinary Medicine and Human Ecology.


Horticulture Teaching and Research Center

Ariel picture of the Horticulture Teaching and Research Center Established in 1966, the HTRC encompasses 180 acres on the south campus of Michigan State University in Holt, Michigan. The center meets the needs of field labs for outdoor classrooms as well as basic research. The focus of research projects at the HTRC centers on vegetables, fruit and ornamentals. Areas of study involving research projects include breeding, post harvest handling of fruit, weed control, and pesticide fruit finish studies. As well as the previous research projects mentioned, the HTRC is also the regional center for IR-4 field research of registration of minor use herbicides. Housed on the grounds of the center is MSU's wine facility which is involved in oenology research projects throughout the state. There are also 16 walk-in coolers available to store plant material for field and greenhouse studies for future use on projects at the HTRC and around the state. In 1997, the HTRC had two new construction projects to further its ability to meet the needs of teaching and research. The first new facility is a combination of six polyhouses which will be utilized by MSU's botany Department to house its world plant collection and six hoophouses to be used for ornamental teaching and research. The second facility is the Pesticide Storage.

For more information contact:

Horticulture Teaching and Research Center
3291 College Road
Holt, Michigan 48842
Phone:  (517) 353-7878
Fax:  (517) 353-6677
Email:  chasew@msu.edu
Farm Hours:  M-F 8am - 4:30 pm

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Clarksville Horticultural Experiment Station

Clarksville Horticultural Experiment Station The Clarksville Horticultural Experiment Station is located in the major fruit belt of West Michigan. Just outside of Grand Rapids it is has an excellent location for growing fruits, vegetables and agronomic crops. The station's main purpose is to do fundamental and applied research and provide extension demonstrations for Michigan's fruit industry. The 440-acre station has many projects that are designed to make Michigan's fruit and other agricultural industries more efficient and profitable. The Clarksville Horticultural Experiment Station was purchased in 1974 and became fully operational in 1989. It was developed by special appropriation from the Michigan Legislature.

For more information contact:

Clarksville Horticultural Experiment Station
9302 Portland Road
Clarksville, Michigan 48815
Phone:  (616) 693-2193
Fax:  (616) 693-2317

Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Station

Projects to improve Michigan's red tart and sweet cherries are on-going at this 100-acre station, which opened in 1979 near Traverse City. Apples, plums, peaches, apricots, nectarines, pears, wine grapes, hazelnuts and chestnuts are also being evaluated, along with disease, weed and insect control; pruning and training systems; fertilizers, rootstocks and varieties.

For more information contact:

NW Michigan Horticultural Research Station
6686 S. Center Highway
Traverse City, Michigan 49684
Phone:  (231) 946-1510
Fax:  (231) 946-1404
Fruit "Code-a-phone": (231) 947-3063
Email:  nwmihort@msu.edu

Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center

Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center (SWMREC)

Established to meet the diverse needs of agricultural producers in the southwestern part of the state, the Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center (SWMREC) combines research projects and educational programs on fruits, vegetables, field crops and woody ornamentals, as well as environmental quality issues. Offering solutions to the region=s agricultural problems and keeping area producers and processors competitive are some of the centers primary objectives. SWMREC is located just outside Benton Harbor in Berrien County. The center encompasses 350 acres, a conference center and a visitor information center.

For more information contact:

Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center
1791 Hillandale Road
Benton Harbor, Michigan 49022
Phone:  (269) 944-1477
Fax:  (269) 944-3106

Plant Science Greenhouses

The Plant Science Greenhouses are top-notch research facilities that are used extensively by the Horticulture, Plant Biology, Plant Pathology, Crop and Soil Sciences, Forestry, Biochemistry, Pesticide Research, USDA and Entomology departments. These facilities are in operation year around and consist of over 100,000 square feet of greenhouse area. Research on a variety of different areas of plant science is conducted, ranging from photoperiod experimentation to disease and plant pathogen research.