Research and Innovation
Sharing their research
Thirty-three student researchers showcase their work at the Fall 2022 CANR Research Symposium.
2022 Research Symposium
Topic areas include climate change, one health, genetics and sustainable systems
Why can't we be friends?
Not all good bacteria get along
Researchers quantify carbon emissions from lawns and lawn maintenance in cities
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.
Robot captures imaging of root systems at UD Farm: youtube.com/watch?v=HKqOdS-i4BI
UD Research Initiatives
In an age of technology and innovation, the future has never looked more exciting.
Soil scientist Yan Jin awarded University’s highest faculty honor: youtube.com/watch?v=Rh__5gorAvo
Test before you tasteMay 17, 2023 | Written by Dante LaPentaUD plant science professors work with Delaware startup to create novel, rapid detection of foodborne pathogens.
Beyond the hybrid: Dietary factors in NDF digestibilityMay 08, 2023 | Written by Ken Griswold of Ag ProudThe occurrence of wild spoilage yeasts in dairy rations received attention as researchers examined the causes of milkfat depression. The research group is led by Dr. Limin Kung Jr., cooperative extension at UD. They were able to show that even a moderate level can significantly reduce NDF digestion in the first 12 hours of exposure.
Expanding DENIN's reachApril 22, 2023 | Written by Karen RobertsThe Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) has selected three UD professors — Kent Messer, Nina David and Jon Cox — to be 2023-25 Faculty Fellows. During the two-year appointment, Cox, David and Messer will lead initiatives to expand environmental research, enhance public understanding of environmental issues and connect with community stakeholders.
Mapping migrationMarch 23, 2023 | Written by Lauren BradfordAvian research often focuses on forests as breeding habitats, but scientists are now working to understand the vital role that small forest patches play in migration. For the first time, a team of researchers from Princeton University and the University of Delaware has created a comprehensive map of migratory pathways and stopover locations in the Eastern United States.