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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Yan Jin

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Yan Jin Soil Physics

Dr. Jin investigates mass transport and transformation in soil and other environmental systems as well as colloidal processes at various interfaces. 

Latest News

  • Intense research is underway on natural “probiotic” soil treatments containing living microorganisms.

    Why can't we be friends?

    April 06, 2021 | Written by Tracey Bryant
    Just as the beneficial bacteria living in yogurt and sauerkraut are good for your gut, tiny organisms living in the soil help plants — by getting them nutrients, protecting them from drought, and fending off disease.
  • How to sanitize and plan your spring landscape

    April 02, 2021 | Written by Jill Pollok, Plant Diagnostician
    The weather is finally warming up enough for us to leave our hibernation and enjoy the sunshine! While you are enjoying these first few days of warmth, look around your yard and garden and start thinking about spring sanitation.
  • Backyard carbon

    March 29, 2021 | Written by Lauren Bradford
    To witness the carbon cycle in action, many homeowners need look no further than their own backyards. Researchers quantify carbon emissions from lawns and lawn maintenance in cities.

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