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Faculty in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences conduct innovative basic and applied research that leads to the discovery of new and beneficial knowledge for all Delawareans.

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Agricultural Research Active Agricultural research projects in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences include: Integrated pest management of insect pests in alfalfa Structured educational program to lock-in students to USDA food safety profession Effective setbacks for controlling nutrient runoff losses from land applied poultry litter Utilization of poultry litter as activated carbon sources Teaching analytical techniques to enhance forage, soil, and water quality sciences Evaluation of culinary herbs and essential oils plants as high cash crops for limited resource farmers Recruitment of minorities into plant systematics and related plant sciences Undergraduate research in molecular genetics and genomics Plant molecular genetics and genomics Fungi distribution on Delmarva Poultry production Small ruminants research Molecular genetics and genomics of disease resistance in the common bean (Phaseoles vulgaris) Aquaculture Research and Demonstration The Aquaculture research and demonstration facility is the only one of its kind in Delaware. Active aquaculture research and demonstration projects include: Developing sustainable aquaculture for coastal and tilapia systems.  Investigation for ameliorating steroidal estrogenic hormone contamination derived from concentrated animal operations in Delaware. Use of the eastern freshwater mussel (Elliptio complanata) in pond water management. Increasing economic and environmental sustainability of aquaculture production systems through aquatic plant culture (LNE05-224). Baitfish aquaculture in the Mid-Atlantic. Natural Resources Research CARS is well known for its research in natural resources and this has tremendously helped to attract high quality graduate students to the College. Active natural resource research projects include: Atlantic sturgeon in the Delaware River: contemporary population status and identification of spawning areas Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center - NOAA Educational Partnership Program Habitat use, depth selection, and the timing of residency for Sand tiger sharks(Carcharias taurus) in Delaware Bay Environmental Cooperative Science Center restoration projects at the Blackbird National Estuarine Research Reserve, DE. Habitat Restoration for Bats at the new Research and Conservation Center, Smyrna, Delaware Harmful algal roadblocks to oyster restoration-Prorocentrum minimum andKarlodinium micrum Community shift associated with shellfish aquaculture in two Mid- Atlantic estuaries (Indian River System and Delaware Bay) Nitrate reductase activity in mixed harmful algal populations from Delaware’s Inland Bays Oyster culture for community-based habitat restoration, water preservation and environmental conservation Migratory bird studies using a novel geolocator developed by the British Antartic Survey (BAS) Food, Nutrition and Dietetic Research Food, Nutrition and Dietetic research are housed in the Department of Human Ecology. Active food, nutrition and dietetic research projects in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences include:  Effect of Omega-3 fatty acid rich feed on lipid metabolism and expression of ApoB lipoprotein and microsomal transfer triglyceride protein genes in laying hen Developing and promoting recipes/products with low-glycemic index and high monounsaturated fatty acids as an intervention strategy to combat obesity and manage Type II diabetes Developing food safety activities for high school students to meet the changing demographics of the state of Delaware Preparing students for careers in nutrigenomics through integration of nutrition and molecular biology Textiles and Apparel Research Textile and Apparel research also falls under the Department of Human Ecology. Active research projects in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences include: Consumer evaluation of African printed fabrics for traditional clothing Multi-channel retailing with an emphasis on the fashion industry Ecological, social, and psychological impacts of fashion business on individual's behaviors From Farm to the Runway – a novel program that integrates agriculture and fashion in the training of future New York Runway Models.  
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Dyremple Marsh, PhD
Dean/ Research Director

Marikis Alvarez
Associate Dean for Research (site)

Delaware State University
College of Agriculture & Related Sciences
1200 N. Dupont Hwy.
Dover, DE 19901

A Message from Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee

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Dear Friends: It is January 12th and I’m excited about the 61st Delmarva Chicken Festival to be held on the campus of Delaware State University on June 18th and 19th. The Delmarva poultry industry was born in 1923. That year, Mrs. Wilmer Steele in Ocean View raised chickens to 16 week old birds and sold them at a good profit. Even though the industry started in Sussex County, it seems fitting that the festival will be celebrated at our land grant university in the state capital of Delaware. The Chicken Festival has an extraordinary tradition of celebrating our state’s number one industry, tremendous educational opportunities for youth and adults, and having just plain fun. This year’s partnership of the Festival with Delaware State University will, no doubt, continue those traditions. Six days a week, over 200 trucks, or 8 million pounds, of fresh chicken leaves Delaware and the peninsula headed for customers throughout the eastern United States. We live within 8 hours of 1/3 of our nation’s population, making Delaware a “food shed” for the east. All of this generates income, creates jobs and preserves our farmland through profit. I hope thousands of Delawareans come to the Chicken Festival to learn about all of this and have some fun while doing it. My sincere thanks to everyone associated with Delaware State University and the Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. who are working on the festival. The tradition continues!    

Agronomy Plant Science

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  As a land-grant institution, Delaware State University has been at the forefront of plant science education and research for more than 100 years. Our Plant Sciences – Agronomy degree addresses cutting-edge applications of agronomy in industries such as biofuels and pharmaceuticals, while providing a solid background in the scientific traditions of the discipline. Delaware State’s Plant Sciences - Agronomy program combines classroom instruction with hands-on, practical experience. Students gain an academic foundation in genetics, chemistry, biology, and other scientific fundamentals. They also have the opportunity to work on Delaware State’s demonstration farms, while participating in extension programs and research projects. In these real-world learning environments, students get a practical first-hand education in all aspects of the plant sciences, including genetics and breeding soil and water management crop production weed, insect and disease management economic patterns of production, consumption, and trade Professional Preparation Graduates of Delaware State’s Plant Sciences program have an outstanding success rate in the job market, in part because the program emphasizes experiential learning. Many of our students take advantage of internships with some of the top companies in the agricultural industry. Plant Sciences – Agronomy graduates go into careers such as Agrochemical sales and service Crop advising Agricultural resource conservation Consulting Plant breeding About 15 percent of our Agronomy students continue to graduate school. Faculty Faculty members in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences combine a strong academic background with extensive industry ties and professional experience. As a result, they can offer career guidance and mentorship as well as classroom instruction. Many of our instructors have active research programs, and they regularly provide undergraduates with opportunities to get involved in scientific investigations. Our small class sizes guarantee a high degree of direct faculty-student interaction. Research and Experience Plant Science – Agronomy majors at Delaware State have access to the Phillips Herbarium, one of the country’s most extensive collections of preserved plant specimens (and the largest herbarium at any HBCU). Some students get involved in Cooperative Extension research, demonstration plots, and educational programs. Plant Science majors also enjoy opportunities to get involved in faculty-sponsored research and to collaborate with industry professionals. All students in the Plant Sciences – Agronomy program perform a senior capstone project in sustainable agriculture. In this project, students perform a real-world agricultural analysis that integrates factors such as profit potential environmental impacts food yield technological inputs labor requirements    

Agribusiness

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  Delaware State University’s Agribusiness degree provides outstanding preparation for a broad range of careers in the agricultural industry. Agribusiness majors get an advanced education in the science of agricultural production as well as the business principles behind it. They also get hands-on experience by working on Delaware State’s demonstration farms, extension programs, and research initiatives. Our agribusiness program is built around direct, practical experience. Agribusiness majors have access to our two on-campus farms, greenhouse, and animal operations, gaining real-world knowledge that translates directly to the workplace. They have an opportunity to put agribusiness fundamentals into practice, including accounting and finance macroeconomics marketing sales personnel management farm management As a land-grant institution, DSU has been at the forefront of agricultural education, research, and science for more than 100 years. There is no better place to get an agribusiness degree. Professional Preparation Graduates of Delaware State’s agribusiness degree program have an outstanding success rate in the job market. Because the program emphasizes experiential learning, students build up their resumes and develop professional contacts. Agribusiness graduates go into careers such as farm management marketing, sales, and distribution research and product development environmental consulting animal production About 15 percent of our agribusiness students continue to graduate school. Faculty Faculty members in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences combine a strong academic background with extensive industry ties and professional experience. As a result, they can offer career guidance and mentorship as well as classroom instruction. Many of our instructors are very active researchers, and they regularly provide undergraduates with opportunities to get involved in scientific investigations and research projects. Our small class sizes guarantee a high degree of direct faculty-student interaction. Research and Experience Delaware State’s extension programs provide various forms of support to the wider agricultural community, including research, training, education, and public outreach. These programs provide Agribusiness majors with valuable opportunities to collaborate with industry professionals on pilot programs, research projects, policy studies, and other initiatives. Undergraduates also enjoy opportunities to get involved in faculty-sponsored research programs. All students in the agribusiness program perform a senior capstone project in sustainable agriculture. In this project, students perform a real-world agricultural analysis that integrates factors such as profit potential environmental impacts food yield technological inputs labor requirements        

Environmental Sciences

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  Environmental science has emerged as a critical discipline in the 21st century — and Delaware State boasts a superior Bachelor of Environmental Science degree program. As a land-grant institution, we have a 100-plus-year history of leadership in environmental science education. Our environmental science program builds on that tradition, preparing students for careers that address issues such as   global climate change biofuels and renewable energy sustainable agriculture water and soil conservation environmental policy habitat and species protection Environmental Science majors divide their time between the classroom, where they develop an academic foundation, and real-world learning environments such as Delaware State’s demonstration farms, extension programs, and research initiatives. In these hands-on settings, students cultivate practical skills and develop first-hand knowledge of subjects such as sustainable technologies environmental impacts policy development soil and water management resource management Professional Preparation Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Environmental Science degree from Delaware State perform extremely well in the job market. Our program’s emphasis on practical experience and field work enables students to build up their resumes and establish professional contacts. They enter the work force well equipped to compete for employment in such fields as environmental consulting research and development conservation resource management habitat restoration environmental regulation About 15 percent of our Environmental Science students continue to graduate school. Faculty Faculty members in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences combine a strong academic background with extensive industry ties and professional experience. As a result, they can offer career guidance and mentorship as well as classroom instruction. Many of our instructors are very active researchers, and they regularly provide undergraduates with opportunities to get involved in scientific investigations and research projects. Our small class sizes guarantee a high degree of direct faculty-student interaction. Research and Experience Undergraduates at Delaware State frequently participate in faculty-sponsored research programs. At present, there is ongoing research in such niches as wetlands habitat protection, fisheries management, water conservation, and habitat evaluation.  All students in the Environmental Sciences program perform a senior capstone project. In this project, students perform a real-world analysis of an agriculture- or natural resource-based ecosystem. The analysis accounts for factors such as environmental impacts technological inputs habitat evaluation sustainability    

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