DEPARTMENT OF PLANT AND SOIL SCIENCES


We have excellent teaching, research, and outreach programs in the areas of plant biology (cellular, genetics, genomics, microbial, molecular and physiology), agronomy (including pathology, soil management and weed science), horticulture (sustainable landscapes, fruits and vegetables), landscape architecture and environmental soil sciences (biogeochemistry, hydrology and plant-soil interactions). We have a distinguished faculty, known nationally and internationally for their research and outreach, and within UD for their excellence in teaching, advising and mentoring students.

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Qingwu (Willam) Meng Controlled-Environment Horticulture

Dr. Meng's expertise in controlled-environment horticulture serves as a foundation for the incoming generation of indoor farmers. He teaches alternative ways of growing food sustainably, especially in urban areas, to feed our increasing population. 

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  • Horticulture champion

    May 10, 2022 | Written by Michele Walfred
    Sue Barton’s role at the University of Delaware is the perfect embodiment of the University’s land-grant mission. She teaches. She conducts research. And she takes UD’s knowledge to the public.
  • In Memoriam: Luigi "Louie" Oronzio

    May 03, 2022 | Written by UDaily Staff
    Luigi “Louie” Oronzio, a second-year landscape architecture student in the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, passed away on April 27, 2022.
  • Bracing our crops

    May 02, 2022 | Written by Dante LaPenta
    In just about every corner of the globe, maize is an essential crop. Americans, who call it corn, dedicate more than 90 million acres to it — roughly the same size as the entire state of Montana. But a crop is only valuable if you can harvest it. Researcher Ashley Hostetler identifies traits that help crops survive in harsh environments

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