Growing space crops
NASA funds UD’s Qingwu Meng to study food grown during human space exploration
Landscape architecture exploration
New students experience Delaware spaces through two-day adventure
Improving Kenya's crop yield
UD researchers explore ways to grow more corn despite climate change
Early research experience
Professor Erin Sparks and alumnus Ron Ferriss give students memorable plant science internship
Rebuilding plants' defenses
Erin Sparks investigates plants’ ability to protect against environmental stress
Make the planet proud
Major in plant science, sustainable food systems or landscape architecture
Global Environmental Advocate
Dr. Rodrigo Vargas is the 2022 recipient of the Piers J. Sellers Global Environmental Change Mid-Career Award.
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.
Landscape architecture students react to the Bridge Program: youtube.com/watch?v=JlW-XGK7s-w
Unwelcome insect hitchhikersMarch 16, 2023 | Written by Lauren BradfordSpring brings warmer weather, blooming flowers and the unfortunate re-emergence of the spotted lanternfly, a prolific invasive insect reviled for the havoc it wreaks on forests and cropland.
UD alumna studies contaminated sites vulnerable to sea level riseMarch 07, 2023 | Written by Lauren BradfordUD alumna Fatemeh Izaditame visits an EPA Superfund-adjacent site in Wilmington to study heavy metal contamination. Collected soil samples showed high levels of arsenic, underscoring the need for the remediation of sites vulnerable to flooding and sea level rise.
Delaware Biotechnology Institute Leadership AnnouncedMarch 06, 2023 | Written by Tracey BryantJung-Youn Lee, professor of plant and soil sciences at the University of Delaware, has been appointed interim director of the Delaware Biotechnology Institute.