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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  • Malt barley in Delaware

    Article by Michele Walfred | November 08, 2019

    UD’s research on malt barley a conduit for industry and farmers

  • Decoding plant communication

    Article by Karen B. Roberts | October 25, 2019

    UD-led project aims to unlock how plant and pathogens communicate

  • Impact of removing milldams

    Article by Dante LaPenta | October 22, 2019

    UD researcher examines how removing dams might impact water quality

  • For the Record, Sept. 20, 2019

    Article by UDaily staff | September 20, 2019

    University community reports presentations, publications, honors

  • Earth Day: Maggie Capooci

    Article by Joy Drohan, Eco-Write, LLC | April 22, 2019

    Delaware Environmental Institute Fellow a champion of tidal salt marshes

  • UD innovation goes to market

    Article by Karen Roberts | May 30, 2019

    UD-developed beneficial bacteria part of BASF product for soil

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Faculty Spotlight

Jules Bruck Professor and Director of Landscape Architecture

Bruck is a registered landscape architect who created the UD Coastal Resilience Design Studio, which aims to reduce the risk of flooding on the coasts and mitigate the hazards that coastal flooding poses to coastal communities. Her scholarship includes design-based learning, creativity, and public perception of sustainable landscape practices like designing to support improved ecosystem services. 

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Soybeans, sorghum and ... sand? Saltwater intrusion is turning some Eastern Shore farms into barren fields. Researchers are working to help farmers cope with test plots like this. (Photo submitted by Jarrod Miller)

Harnessing beneficial microbes 

What do a virologist, botanist and soil physicist have in common? This team from UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is leveraging their collective expertise to ensure that our food supply is safe and abundant, now and in the future. Harsh Bais, Kali Kniel and Yan Jin are teaming up to harness beneficial microbes to fight the tiny toxic trespassers taking aim at our food supply, as well as to boost crop production for a growing global population.

Read the feature in the University of Delaware Research Magazine

 

Historical photo of the Curtis Paper Mill in Newark, Delaware

How will removing milldams might impact water quality?

All over the eastern part of the United States, thousands of small dams span streams and rivers, harkening back to colonial times. Now, many of these inactive dams are being removed. However, less attention is being paid to how removing the dams could impact water quality, which is precisely what Professor Shreeram Inamdar is investigating.

Read about the research.

Before planting, UD’s Vic Green holds a container of Violetta, a two-row barley that has performed well in the Delmarva region.

UD’s research on malt barley a conduit for industry and farmers

UD researchers and Cooperative Extension specialists at the Carvel Research and Education Center are examining the viability of growing malt barley in the Delmarva region in order to meet the demand of a thriving craft brewing industry and a strong consumer preference in sourcing local ingredients.

Read the full article on UDaily