msu extension Killer viruses could help Michigan cherry farmers By Kaye LaFond • Mar 19, 2019 George Sundin / Michigan State University Bacterial canker is a devastating tree disease that affects sweet cherry orchards around the country. There is currently no good way to treat it, but some Michigan scientists are trying to harness bacteria-killing viruses to control it. It's gardening time in Flint By Steve Carmody • May 13, 2015 Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio Wednesday was not an ideal day to plant a garden. A chilly day with frost in the forecast overnight. But hundreds of people in Flint were more than ready to dig in the dirt.