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.

Meet a Faculty Member

Dr. Amor Ines sitting at his desk.

Dr. Amor Ines joined Michigan State University’s Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences in 2015 as an assistant professor, continuing his work to help farmers in developing countries manage climate-related risks.

Dr. Ines and his team of researchers develop models for decision support in agriculture and water management. He works to understand the agricultural process and its relation to climate.

After researching at Columbia University, Dr. Ines continued his work at MSU.

“I am trying to link climate information to decisions at different scales, from regional, policy to farmer,” Dr. Ines said.

[Read more about Dr. Amor Ines]

Teaching, Research, Extension/Outreach

Featured Students


Timothy LeBlanc waters grass.

Name: Timothy (T.J.) LeBlanc

Hometown: Livonia, MI

Adviser: Dr. John R. Rogers, III

What is your Major, or Certificate Program? Turfgrass Management

Why did you choose that major or program? I’ve always loved the game of Golf, and MSU allows me to pursue a career that I’m not only passionate about, but also fits the lifestyle I want to lead. [Read more about Timothy LeBlanc.]




Name: Christopher Gillespie     

Hometown: Champaign, IL

Crop and Soil Sciences Concentrations: Agronomic Sciences

Adviser: Karen Renner

Why did you choose this major and concentration? I chose this major and concentration because “a farmer is someone who is outstanding in their field.” As I hope to be one day soon! [Read more about Christopher Gillespie]

Graduate Program

Natalie Kirkwyland posing for picture.

Name: Natalie Raissa Kirkwyland

Hometown: Dryden, NY

Major Professor: Dave Douches

In what lab do you work in and what are you researching? As a member of the Potato Breeding and Genetics program, my project involves conducting potato improvement at the diploid level, either adapting wild diploid germplasm or using haploids generated from tetraploid cultivars. [Read more about Natalie Kirkwyland]