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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University of Delaware Ph.D. candidate shares her plant science knowledge with Delaware youth:

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On top of her busy schedule as a University of Delaware Ph.D. candidate, Elizabeth Smith dedicates time to underserved students alongside Wilmington-based organization Four Youth. As part of a science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) educational program, she gives Delaware elementary school kids hands-on exposure to the natural world. Smith encourages other UD students to get out into the local community to share knowledge and inspire the next generation. Learn more about the UD Department of Plant and Soil Sciences.

Faculty spotlight

Harsh Bais
Plant Biology

Bais' research takes a multidisciplinary approach by interfacing plant biology and chemistry to unravel the underground communication process.

Latest news

  • Carol Mertes-Smith and Gary Smith peel back the covering of a grapefruit tree

    Paradise reimagined

    September 14, 2023 | Written by Michele Walfred
    At their Milton home, Double Del couple Carol-Mertes Smith and Gary A.Smith combine their passions for tropical landscapes, fine art and sculpture and the culinary arts with their patronage of the University of Delaware Botanic Gardens (UDBG). Walk through their unforgettable property, and you’ll see a landscape that spans three distinct climate zones — a collage of texture, color, function, whimsy, purpose and surprise.
  • The future of food

    September 07, 2023 | Written by AJ Rubinetti
    A blossoming partnership between a student group and University of Delaware Dining is changing the way students eat on campus. The Hydroponics Club is growing fresh herbs with no soil and minimal water in two aeroponic towers in Caesar Rodney Fresh Food Company and Pencader Dining Hall.
  • Soil science scholar

    August 24, 2023 | Written by Kate Zincone
    Originally from Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria, Samuel Oluwapamilerin Bamidele came to the University of Delaware to study plant and soil sciences. He recently earned membership into the prestigious Encompass Fellows Program.

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