DEPARTMENT OF PLANT AND SOIL SCIENCES


We have excellent teaching, research, and outreach programs in the areas of plant biology (cellular, genetics, genomics, microbial, molecular and physiology), agronomy (including pathology, soil management and weed science), horticulture (sustainable landscapes, fruits and vegetables), landscape architecture and environmental soil sciences (biogeochemistry, hydrology and plant-soil interactions). We have a distinguished faculty, known nationally and internationally for their research and outreach, and within UD for their excellence in teaching, advising and mentoring students.

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Landscape architecture students react to the Bridge Program: youtube.com/watch?v=JlW-XGK7s-w

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Anna Wik Landscape Architecture

Professor Wik's courses investigate the relationship between the cultural practice of design and the built environment.

Latest news

  • More lima beans, please

    January 05, 2023 | Written by Katie Young
    Lima bean, butter bean, double bean, sieva bean: Whatever you call it, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension hopes you'll soon eat more. UD Cooperative Extension part of $3.3 million grant that aims to boost lima bean production and demand.
  • Growing space crops

    November 28, 2022 | Written by Dante LaPenta
    Growing food in space is fraught with daunting challenges, including extreme environmental stressors like radiation and microgravity. Qingwu (William) Meng, an assistant professor of controlled-environment horticulture, is an expert on plant growth and light, which, as you’ll remember from your elementary school science or Ms. Frizzle’s Magic School Bus, is an essential component in turning a seed into a mature plant.
  • Prof. Don Sparks Named Hagler Fellow

    November 21, 2022 | Written by Lauren Bradford
    Renowned University of Delaware soil chemist Donald Sparks has been named a 2022-23 Fellow of the Hagler Institute for Advanced Study at Texas A&M University.

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