Gregory Lang


Gregory Lang has been a professor of tree fruit physiology at Michigan State University (MSU) and program leader for the stone fruit physiology laboratory since 2000. He was previously an associate professor and program leader for the sweet cherry physiology laboratory at Washington State University from 1994-2000 and an assistant/associate professor of pomology at Louisiana State University from1987-1994. He earned a B.S. degree in horticultural science from University of Georgia, and an M.S. in pomology and Ph.D. in plant physiology from University of California-Davis. His areas of expertise include tree fruit horticulture (development and management of sustainable orchard systems – pruning, training,growth regulation, and protective orchard covering systems, with particular emphasis on sweet cherry), tree fruit physiology (environmental stress, developmental and reproductive physiology, carbohydrate and nitrogen partitioning and utilization), and Prunus germplasm improvement and evaluation. Dr. Lang has authored more than 185 research and industry articles related to fruit production, released or co-released five new sweet cherry varieties, and has edited or co-edited several books and proceedings on cherry research. Under the auspices of the International Society for Horticultural Science, he has served as the chair of international working groups on cherry production and orchard systems, and has provided numerous keynote addresses at scientific and grower conferences around the world. He is the recipient of the American Society for Horticultural Science’s Undergraduate Research Award (1981), Graduate Educator Award (2010), and Extension Materials Award (2017), as well as the International Fruit Tree Association’s Distinguished Research Award (2001).