Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics


  • APG researcher’s barley work published in latest issue of Science

    July 13, 2024

    APG faculty member Peter Morrell’s work with an experimental barley population founded in 1929—one of the world’s oldest ongoing biological experiments—has been published in Science.

    Daniel Koenig of the University of California, Riverside, led the research described in the paper, “Natural selection drives emergent genetic homogeneity in a century-scale experiment with barley.” 

  • Star Tribune features Don Wyse

    July 10, 2024

    From the Star Tribune: Don Wyse, a University of Minnesota crop scientist and visionary of regenerative agriculture who spearheaded what may be the second Green Revolution associated with the state's land-grant university, has died at 77. 

    Don's celebration of life will be held Friday, July 26, at 2 p.m. at the McNamara Center. You can find out more here.


  • Don Wyse: gifted scientist, visionary, and a man who brought people together

    July 8, 2024

    Don Wyse, a faculty member in CFANS for 50 years, died on July 2 from injuries he sustained in a fall. 

    We remember Don for helping found the Forever Green Initiative and his vast body of work, including the management of invasive weeds, diversification of cropping systems, renewable energy systems, and the selection and breeding of winter annual and perennial crops. In 2022, the New York Times recognized him as a visionary in an article titled “Donald Wyse is Growing a New Future for Farming.”

    You can read his family's obituary here. Information about his celebration of life can be found here.