Welcome to the Department of Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences at Michigan State University. With expertise ranging from ecosystems services and disease management, to plant breeding, genomics, and food safety, we provide leadership and deliver programs that are internationally recognized and respected and have impact at local, national, and international levels. To provide this leadership, we work in an interdisciplinary and collaborative manner to effectively address complex problems and emerging threats that challenge food production and security. Above all, we value our missions of teaching, extension/outreach, research, international, service, and stewardship.   We are home to 70 faculty, 100  graduate students, 86 post-docs and staff members, and 200 undergraduate and certificate students.

For more information see our mission statement.

Career Opportunities - Sugarbeet Systems Research and Extension Specialist

The Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences is now looking for applicants for a Sugarbeet Systems Research and Extension Specialist (Fixed Term (12-month 100% basis) appointment.)   The position entails 50% Extension and 50% Research.   Details on the position and how to apply can be found here:  Sugarbeet Research and Extension Position.

Dry Bean Systems Research and Extension Specialist

The Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences is now looking for applicants for a Dry Bean Systems Research and Extension Specialist (Fixed Term (12-month 100% basis) appointment.)   The position entails 50% Extension and 50% Research.   Details on the position and how to apply can be found here:  Dry_Bean_Specialist_Announcement_2017.pdf

Meet an Alumnus: Dr. Joseph Byrum

''A degree from the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences gave notable alum Joseph Byrum the essential analytical and intellectual tools to succeed in a growing biotechnology industry.  

Byrum credits PSM’s emphasis on strategic thinking to his success in his role as Syngenta’s global head of product development.

“The balanced curriculum grounded in quantitative training provide the background to succeed,” Byrum said.

[Read more about Joseph Byrum]

Teaching, Research, Extension/Outreach

Featured Students

Certificate

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Name: Brianna Wiemer

Hometown: Tecumseh, MI

Adviser: Erin Bosch

What is your Major or Certificate Program? Ag Industries

Why did you choose that major or program? I chose Ag Industries because it would give me a chance to come to my dream school, but also give me the time to figure out what I want to do for my future. 

[Read more about Brianna]

Undergraduate

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Name: Madeline Henrickson

Hometown: Hopkins, MI

Crop and Soil Sciences Concentration: Agronomic Sciences

Adviser: Susan Gruber

Why did you choose this major and concentration? Growing up on a 1,000-acre cash crop farm has allowed me to explore the possibilities and opportunities that agronomy offers.

 [Read more about Madeline Henrickson]

Graduate Program

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Name: Kyle McCarthy

Hometown: Zionsville, Indiana

Major Professor: Dr. Eric Olson

In what lab do you work in and what are you researching? I work in the wheat breeding and genetics laboratory. Our work seeks to produce improved wheat varieties for Michigan farmers by identifying sources of disease resistance, improved quality, and higher yields.

 [Read more about Kyle McCarthy]