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.

Robot captures imaging of root systems at UD Farm: youtube.com/watch?v=HKqOdS-i4BI

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

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Soil scientist Yan Jin awarded University’s highest faculty honor: youtube.com/watch?v=Rh__5gorAvo

Research News
  • Birds Tell Us About Migration

    September 20, 2022 | Written by Renee Wilson of National Audubon Society
    Purple Martins (Progne subis) are long-distance migrants, with most wintering in the Amazon Basin after breeding across the eastern U.S. and Canada. Biologists at the University of Delaware are conducting a study to learn more about Purple Martins. Their goal? To link the movement ecology of individual birds in the mid-Atlantic region with their breeding productivity, foraging habitat use, survival, migration phenology, and nonbreeding locations. The study will also identify the locations and monitor the phenology of autumn Purple Martin roosts in the mid-Atlantic region.
  • Big Hopes for Baby Ginger in Mid-Atlantic Farming

    September 14, 2022 | Written by Michael Short of Lamcaster Farming
    Could baby ginger become an alternative crop for Mid-Atlantic farmers? That’s one of the research projects at the Carvel Research and Education Center of the University of Delaware. The baby ginger research is being headed by Shem Elias, a Tanzanian master student.
  • Global environmental advocate

    September 06, 2022 | Written by Dante LaPenta
    The American Geophysical Union (AGU) named University of Delaware faculty member Rodrigo Vargas the 2022 recipient of the Piers J. Sellers Global Environmental Change Mid-Career Award.
  • Feeling the heat

    August 24, 2022 | Written by Lauren Bradford
    Heat stress, excessive rainfall and poor soil conditions can threaten marketable produce at every turn but researchers from UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources are working to find the most heat-tolerant vegetable varieties and testing solutions to mitigate stressors in the field.

Faculty expert spotlights

Amy Biddle
Townsend Hall
302-831-2642

Professor Biddle investigates the equine microbiome, which is the root of maintaining equine health and longevity.
Rodrigo Vargas
Townsend Hall
302-831-1386

Professor Vargas studies soil-plant-atmosphere interactions to understand the response of terrestrial ecosystems to management, extreme events, and global change

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