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:

UD Research Initiatives

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:

Research News
  • Bracing our crops

    May 02, 2022 | Written by Dante LaPenta
    In just about every corner of the globe, maize is an essential crop. Americans, who call it corn, dedicate more than 90 million acres to it — roughly the same size as the entire state of Montana. But a crop is only valuable if you can harvest it. Researcher Ashley Hostetler identifies traits that help crops survive in harsh environments
  • Salt marshes - The Climate Change Connection

    April 29, 2022 | Written by Joy Drohan
    Sean Fettrow loves the interdisciplinary nature of his research on the biogeochemistry of soil carbon in coastal wetlands.
  • Worrilow Hall Research Reimagined

    April 19, 2022 | Written by Lauren Bradford
    The 42-year-old building named for George Worrilow, a longtime leader in public service and agricultural outreach, has been completely reimagined, and the newest generation of Blue Hens are loving it.
  • Research showcase

    March 03, 2022 | Written by Dante LaPenta
    University of Delaware students and post-docs presented their research to faculty and staff at the 2022 edition of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) Research Symposium.

Faculty expert spotlights

Michael Crossley
Townsend Hall

The agricultural entomologist studies insect movements, adaptions and response to environmental change.
Brandon McFadden
Townsend Hall

Professor McFadden studies food choice, perceptions of food and asymmetric information.

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