Faculty and Research


Graduate students conduct research in cropping systems, cover crops, sustainable agriculture, alternative management strategies, weed science, plant nutrition, and environmental physiology and ecology of crop responses to environments. Emphasis is on improving production efficiency and profitability in an environmentally sound approach that benefits society.



Plant Breeding/Molecular Genetics

Graduate students conduct research ranging from genomics and genetic engineering to breeding methodologies in agronomic and horticultural crops. Students learn to integrate the latest genomics tools with field applications to reach the overarching goal of developing new germplasm that will improve the sustainability of our food, feed, fuel, and fiber systems.




Graduate students conduct research on different horticultural crops (fruits, vegetables, ornamentals, and turf) and disciplines (physiology, production, cropping systems, integrated pest management, and effect of horticultural commodities on human health). Students conduct field, greenhouse, or laboratory experiments and use genetic, molecular, biochemical, and ecological tools to answer research questions.



Applied Plant Sciences

Graduate students create an integrated, individualized program combining a breadth of courses from several disciplines including plant biology at the organismal level, genetics and plant breeding, cropping systems and communities, and courses relating to the production and ecology of agrononic or horticultural species. Faculty in the Applied Plant Sciences specialization are listed under the Agronomy/Agroecology, Horticulture, and Plant Breeding/Molecular Genetics specializations to the left.