Research and Innovation

Feeding the world. Protecting 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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Upcoming events

  • India and rice

    Article by Adam Thomas | December 06, 2019

    UD study shows how India can improve nutrition, climate resilience and the environment by diversifying its crop production

  • Researching tough chicken

    Article by Karen B. Roberts | November 20, 2019

    UD researchers find abnormal fat metabolism is important to the development of wooden breast syndrome in broiler chickens

  • Very influential researchers

    Article by Tracey Bryant | November 20, 2019

    Six UD professors rank in the top 1% cited by peers

  • India and rice

    Article by Adam Thomas | December 06, 2019

    UD study shows how India can improve nutrition, climate resilience and the environment by diversifying its crop production

  • Researching tough chicken

    Article by Karen B. Roberts | November 20, 2019

    UD researchers find abnormal fat metabolism is important to the development of wooden breast syndrome in broiler chickens

  • For the Record, Sept. 20, 2019

    Article by UDaily staff | September 20, 2019

    University community reports presentations, publications, honors

Faculty expert spotlights

Headshot of Professor Kyle McCarthy
Kyle McCarthy
Townsend Hall
302-831-1412

Areas of research include: Evaluation of wildlife behavioral response to human recreation; Application of resource selection, diversity of mammals and population models to rare and elusive species.
Headshot of Professor Changquing Wu
Changqing Wu
Townsend Hall
302-831-3029

Areas of research include: Separation and identification of bioactive compounds from foods, spices, using column chromatography techniques; Impact of bioactive compounds on obesity and heart disease.

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