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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  • Charting the Earth’s course

    Article by Dante LaPenta | July 07, 2020

    Don Sparks, nation’s leading researchers pinpoint investment areas for earth sciences research

  • Understanding city forests

    Article by Lauren Bradford | July 02, 2020

    New research finds forest age, not urbanization, corresponds to invasive species prominence

  • Leaping Listeria

    Article by Beth Miller | June 25, 2020

    UD researchers examine how some bacteria find ways around plant immune defenses

  • Charting the Earth’s course

    Article by Dante LaPenta | July 07, 2020

    Don Sparks, nation’s leading researchers pinpoint investment areas for earth sciences research

  • Coastal Observer App

    Article by Jon Hynson | June 05, 2020

    UD and Delaware Sea Grant create app to document current and increasing impacts of weather

  • Understanding city forests

    Article by Lauren Bradford | July 02, 2020

    New research finds forest age, not urbanization, corresponds to invasive species prominence

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Faculty Spotlight

Sue Barton Professor and Extension Specialist Ornamental Horticulture

Dr. Barton conducts research on sustainable landscapes and roadside vegetation management. 

Spotlights

Ladybugs on crops at Second Chances Farm

Indoor vertical farming in Wilmington 

Thousands of ladybugs were let loose inside Second Chances Farm, which will soon be the state’s first full-scale, indoor vertical farming facility. Once full-scale growing is up and running, University of Delaware students will collaborate on research projects to study elements of the growing process, like lighting, maintenance and nutrition, and to observe the operation as a case study in business. 

Read about Second Chances Farm

 

Historical photo of the Curtis Paper Mill in Newark, Delaware

How will removing milldams 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.

Alma Vázquez-Lule sets up research equipment at a salt marsh.

Advocate for coastal wetlands

Alma Vázquez-Lule is studying how carbon is released to the atmosphere and captured by vegetation in coastal salt marshes. The near real-time data she’s gathering every half hour via automated equipment are shared with other scientists who are using the same techniques to answer the same questions in other coastal wetlands around the world.

Read the full article on UDaily