Where would Michigan cherries be without Amy Iezzoni? Probably the USSR.

Jul 10, 2015

MSU horticulture professor Amy Iezzoni explains the science behind the state’s cherry industry and her work to bring varieties from around the world to Michigan.

MSU professor of Horticulture Amy Iezzoni
Credit Courtesy MSU Department of Horticulture

It’s cherry season in the Mitten State. This week, hundreds of thousands of the fruit’s biggest fans made their way to Traverse City for the annual Cherry Festival. The self-proclaimed “cherry capital of the world” is known for all kinds of cherry products, from jam to wine.

But cherries aren’t the only things that go into those jam jars and wine bottles. There’s also the decades of research that have helped make Michigan one of the world’s top cherry producers.

Current State discusses the science behind Michigan’s cherry industry with MSU Professor of Horticulture Amy Iezzoni.