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Lang Honored with National and International Awards for Fruit Research

Close up image of five red cherries hang from a tree.

Gregory Lang, professor in the Department of Horticulture, was the recent recipient of two distinguished awards.

Headshot of Greg Lang. He is wearing a blue botton down shirt and glasses.

Gregory Lang

The American Society for Horticultural Science’s 2019 Fruit Publication Award recognized Lang as one of the most outstanding authors with a paper in fruit research that was published in the previous years issue of the Society’s three research journals, The Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science, HortScience, and HortTechnology. The award winning paper titled, Current Season Photoassimilate Distribution in Sweet Cherry includes contributor Ayala Marlene, a graduate student in the Lang lab.

Lang was also awarded the Italian Cherry Research Award by the Italian Academy of Agriculture and University of Bologna. This prestigious award is only presented every four years in Ignola, Italy.

Lang’s paper focused on a study conducted at Michigan State University’s Clarksville Research Center. This is where Lang and his team determined how carbon is fixed by different leaf populations, and how that affects reproductive and vegetative sinks during fruit production. Well maintained trees will continue to develop bud break through harvest, which in turn creates vegetative activity and leaf expansion. Actively growing flowers/fruits compete for the carbon provided by the different leaf populations, which then in turn suggested the importance of photoassimilates synthesized by leaves distal for optimal development. The research findings provided useful physiological information for canopy pruning and crop load regulation in regards to improving sweet cherry yields in orchards.

While Langs primary focus is on the sweet cherry industry, he has also made contributions to Tree Fruit Horticulture & Physiology, primarily focusing on high-value tree fruits to refine orchard systems and management to improve cultural and physiological factors. He and his lab have also researched Orchard Microclimate Modification Technologies, focusing on understanding and optimizing technologies such as high tunnels and covering systems to improve and enhance yields and quality in tree fruits. The majority of his research and work is done at the MSU AgBioResearch station in Clarksville MI, where he has significant implications to Michigan’s cherry industry. Lang is recognized globally for his advancements and findings in the tree fruit industry.

List of all previous ASHS Fruit Publication award winners since 1985: https://cdn.ymaws.com/ashs.org/resource/resmgr/award_winners/pub_-fruit_publication_a.pdf

Author Grace Platte.

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