Research and Innovation

Feed the world. Protect the planet.

Extraordinary challenges require extraordinary solutions. For 150 years, the daring innovations of our graduates have shaped the world we know today. Now, we carry on that daring spirit, using cutting-edge technology and scientific advances to envision a better tomorrow.

Focused on identifying and addressing future challenges, students and faculty of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources are mastering research in five areas of unique strength:

  • Climate change impacts, mitigation and adaptation;
  • Human dimensions of food, agriculture and natural resources;
  • Sustainable food systems, landscapes and ecosystems;
  • Genetics and genomics for plant, animal and ecosystem improvement; and
  • One Health intersections among animal, plant, human and ecosystem health.

Explore the exciting research we’re leading and the entrepreneurial ecosystem we’re building.

UD Research Initiatives

In an age of technology and innovation, the future has never looked more exciting.

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Latest CANR Research News
  • Banner of research images showing water testing, maize and baby chicks

    Virtual research

    November 02, 2020 | Written by Dante LaPenta
    For the first time, the best and brightest students and post-docs presented their work to a live Zoom audience at the 2020 edition of the CANR Research Symposium.
  • Forecasting coronavirus outbreaks

    January 15, 2021 | Written by Dante LaPenta
    Our current public health pandemic requires scientists to track and prevent the spread of coronavirus, University of Delaware researchers are looking for the presence of the virus in wastewater.
  • Enlighten Me: Methane and salt marshes

    January 11, 2021 | Written by Sophia Schmidt of Delaware Public Media
    Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt talks UD researcher Rodrigo Vargas about how science missed this detail, and what it might mean for mitigating climate change.

Faculty expert spotlights

Professor Angelia Seyfferth takes a lab sample.
Angelia Seyfferth
Townsend Hall
302-831-4865

Seyfferth focuses on understanding the soil biogeochemical processes that dictate contaminant and nutrient cycling and uptake by plants.
Ryan Arsenault holds up test sample to show graduate student
Ryan Arsenault
Townsend Hall
302-831-7579

Arsenault investigates animal biology from a kinome perspective, gut health and immunometabolism and disease pathogenesis.

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