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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Landscape architecture students react to the Bridge Program: youtube.com/watch?v=JlW-XGK7s-w

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Anna Wik Landscape Architecture

Professor Wik's courses investigate the relationship between the cultural practice of design and the built environment.

Latest news

  • Growing space crops

    November 28, 2022 | Written by Dante LaPenta
    Growing food in space is fraught with daunting challenges, including extreme environmental stressors like radiation and microgravity. Qingwu (William) Meng, an assistant professor of controlled-environment horticulture, is an expert on plant growth and light, which, as you’ll remember from your elementary school science or Ms. Frizzle’s Magic School Bus, is an essential component in turning a seed into a mature plant.
  • Prof. Don Sparks Named Hagler Fellow

    November 21, 2022 | Written by Lauren Bradford
    Renowned University of Delaware soil chemist Donald Sparks has been named a 2022-23 Fellow of the Hagler Institute for Advanced Study at Texas A&M University.
  • Improving Kenya's Crop Yield

    November 17, 2022 | Written by Adam Thomas
    As climate change continues to impact food production and supply chains in sub-Saharan Africa, it will be critical for the region to address these food security challenges by enhancing agricultural production.

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