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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UD Ph.D. student studies wetlands and climate change mitigation: youtube.com/watch?v=p15qoVrXTao

William Meng

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Qingwu (Willam) Meng Controlled-Environment Horticulture

Dr. Meng's expertise in controlled-environment horticulture serves as a foundation for the incoming generation of indoor farmers. He teaches alternative ways of growing food sustainably, especially in urban areas, to feed our increasing population. 

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  • Maci Carter fixes a leak in a drip line irrigation.

    Pursuit of plant science

    June 23, 2022 | Written by Dante LaPenta
    Two University of Delaware students, Maci Carter and Bethany Knutsen—both of Harrington, Delaware—earned scholarships from the Mid-Atlantic Certified Crop Advisers (MACCA) Board. The awards are given to undergraduate students pursuing plant science with the goal of becoming certified
  • Food insecurity

    June 09, 2022 | Written by Kate Nyquist and Adam Thomas
    Kyle Davis, an assistant professor who researches food insecurity, said that the main implication of not reaching this goal is that “humanity will not be able to provide sufficient and nutritious food for all people on the planet if current crop production patterns persist.”
  • Campus Landscapes: So Much More Than Marketing

    May 26, 2022 | Written by Kathy Johnson Bowles of Inside Higher Ed
    UD's Botanical Gardens is among the college landscape features lauded for not only beautifying campus but also providing an educational component.

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