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. 

Latest news

  • Shem Elias stands in front of a high tunnel filled with baby ginger.

    Big Hopes for Baby Ginger in Mid-Atlantic Farming

    September 14, 2022 | Written by Michael Short of Lamcaster Farming
    Could baby ginger become an alternative crop for Mid-Atlantic farmers? That’s one of the research projects at the Carvel Research and Education Center of the University of Delaware. The baby ginger research is being headed by Shem Elias, a Tanzanian master student.
  • Global environmental advocate

    September 06, 2022 | Written by Dante LaPenta
    The American Geophysical Union (AGU) named University of Delaware faculty member Rodrigo Vargas the 2022 recipient of the Piers J. Sellers Global Environmental Change Mid-Career Award.
  • How nutrition aids cancer recovery

    September 02, 2022 | Written by Amy Cherry
    Nutrition major helps cancer patients focus on nutrition through farmers market, including UD’s Fresh to You student-run farm, during ChristianaCare internship.

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