The Michigan State University Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences is actively engaged in research, extension, teaching and outreach to resolve the critical agricultural issues that impact the people of Michigan, the United States and the World.

For more information see our mission statement.

Did you know?

The Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences has the highest ranked Bean Breeding and Genetics program in the world.

Click the play button on the left to see a Big Ten Network Video, where Dr. Jim Kelley gives
the facts about the program he directs, which is changing the lives of people around the world.


Courtesy ©BTN (Big Ten Network).





  • Graduate Student Funding Opportunities

    Various funding opportunities exist for graduate student funding, which include fellowships and support awards.   For more details see funding opportunities.  Deadline for applications for these opportunities is Feburary 20, 2015. 


  • MSU Academy for Global Engagement names ten new fellows

    Ten early-to-mid career tenure track faculty have been selected to develop and enhance their international research portfolios. 

    The 2015 Academy for Global Engagement Fellows have been selected for their diverse interests, ranging from skin mechanics to water conflicts. The goal of the academy is to build a growing cohort of faculty members who will participate in global activities and view their scholarship through a global lens.

  • Graduate student Victoria Ackroyd creates the winning artistic pumpkin carving.

    Graduate student Victoria Ackroyd creates the winning artistic pumpkin carving.

    For the fourth year running, our weed science team had a pumpkin carving contest to celebrate Halloween. Pumpkins were displayed on Oct. 31 in the Plant and Soil Sciences Building, where anyone was allowed to vote for their favorite.

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