Current Research by Department

Soil scientist Yan Jin awarded University’s highest faculty honor:

Research News
  • Targeting Invasive Species

    December 07, 2023 | Written by Kate Zincone
    UD student Peyton Easton uses U.S. Department of Agriculture research opportunity to explore entomology and wildlife careers.
  • Research showcase

    November 29, 2023 | Written by Dante LaPenta
    Nearly 40 graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and undergraduate students descended upon the Townsend Hall Commons to showcase their research and internship work at the Fall 2023 College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) Student Research Symposium. The students summarized their findings to judges and curious University of Delaware faculty and staff.
  • An innovative mass vaccine administration method at poultry hatcheries

    October 31, 2023 | Written by Hong Li and Kenneth Elliot
    Mass vaccination plays a critical role in the health management of poultry production. Numerous economically important infectious diseases are controlled through vaccinations. The current industry standard method is hatchery spray vaccinations. However one of the biggest hurdles is that conventional methods fail to deliver a consistent dose to each bird. Our foam based mass vaccine administration delivery system, along with our formulation of a safe and edible foam carrier, leads to longer contact times and higher vaccination efficacy.
  • These Gene-Edited Chickens Were Made to Resist Bird Flu

    October 17, 2023 | Written by Emily Mullin (WIRED)
    Avian influenza can wipe out entire poultry flocks. An early experiment with Crispr suggests that gene editing can protect chickens against infection.

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Animal and Food Sciences

Improving performance and health of animals and the safety and quality of food

Applied Economics and Statistics

Agribusiness management, food marketing, the economics of environmental and resource management, and statistics

Entomology and Wildlife Ecology

UD research investigates migratory birds’ habitat concerns on coffee farms

Plant and Soil Sciences

Plant biology, agronomy, horticulture, landscape architecture and environmental soil sciences

Cooperative Extension

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