Our Research

We work on many different aspects of fruit production here at the University of Minnesota. From apple rootstocks and season extension to attracting pollinators and managing weeds, our work covers a broad range of topics important to commercial growers, home gardeners, and all fruit eaters. Here, you can stay up-to-date on the latest research.  

Junebearing strawberry variety trial results 2019-2021

January 27, 2022
people working in strawberry trial field

Variety testing is an important part of the research we do at the U of MN. We put classic and newer varieties to the test to determine how they stand up to challenges specific to different areas of the state. 

by Jim Luby

Quantities of quality: Fruit quality of kiwiberry in Minnesota

August 4, 2021
kiwiberries spilling out of an overturned teacup

Quantity or quality? Fruit growers rely on both, but how is quality measured?

by Seth Wannemuehler and Emily Tepe

Timing is everything: Harvesting kiwiberries in Minnesota

August 4, 2021
kiwiberry fruit hanging on the vine

Harvesting can be tricky for a fruit that doesn’t change color. So how do we know when a kiwiberry is ready to harvest?

by Seth Wannemuehler

Insect repellents for berries

April 29, 2021
blueberry fruit on plants

Can spraying essential oils protect ripening berries from invasive spotted-wing drosophila?

by Matthew Gullickson

Germination: Dissuasion for invasion?

December 1, 2020
germinated kiwiberry plant just emerging from soil in a greenhouse tray

The ability for a plant to become invasive depends on a number of factors like growth rate, flower longevity, and reproductive capability. Seed germination falls under this last category and may be telling about the future of kiwiberry production.

by Seth Wannemuehler

Testing tabletop strawberries in the Upper Midwest

August 24, 2020
strawberries growing in raised troughs

Are you interested in growing strawberries with reduced labor or on marginal land? We are testing a raised gutter growing system to meet those goals.

by Nathan Dalman

Consumer curiosity and the case of the kiwiberry

August 17, 2020
various berries and comment form set up for consumer survey

How do you market a new fruit that most people have never tried? Read more to find out how kiwiberries are piquing consumer interest.

by Seth Wannemuehler

Tropical flavors and a polar vortex: How kiwiberry buds survive frigid temperatures

July 15, 2020
kiwiberry bud
Take a closer look at the cellular structures of kiwiberry buds to discover how they survive the sub-freezing temperatures of Minnesota winters.
by Molly Bergum

Exploring the invasiveness potential of kiwiberry

February 12, 2020
kiwiberries growing on vine

Kiwiberry is an exciting new fruit crop for Minnesota. Our researchers are working on the many aspects of growing kiwiberry, which includes evaluating the plant for invasive potential.

by Emily Tepe

The Minnesota berry variety scene

January 14, 2020
jim luby standing in blueberry variety trial field

Get a glimpse into the newest berry varieties being tested at the University of Minnesota.

by Jim Luby