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.

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Latest CANR Research News
  • Inner Workings: Keeping arsenic out of rice

    August 12, 2021 | From the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Journal
    Angelia Seyfferth is investigating how husk fertilizer affects the movement and form of arsenic within the rice plant.
  • Hungry birds need healthy caterpillars

    August 10, 2021 | Written by Beth Miller
    Caterpillars are especially important in our environment because of their impact on birds. Most bird species rely on caterpillars to provide energy for themselves and their young.
  • Helping India's smallholder farmers

    August 04, 2021 | Written by Adam Thomas
    UD graduates assist with this research study that suggests diversifying nutritional strategies in India. Angelia Seyfferth, associate professor in CANR, said that CENFOODS is happy to support talented students like Jessica Clark internships program.
  • Resisting urban pressure

    August 02, 2021 | Written by Dante LaPenta
    UD researchers investigate ability of urban trees, soils to maintain critical ecosystem services.

Faculty expert spotlights

Professor Angelia Seyfferth takes a lab sample.
Angelia Seyfferth
Townsend Hall

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

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

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