Agronomy Research Areas

Cropping Systems and Plant Nutrition

    Cropping systems are at the heart of agriculture. Faculty and students create and develop management systems that enhance crop production and economic efficiency related to crop, soil, and surroundings for the agriculture producer.
    • Crop Physiology
    • Soil Physical Properties
    • Crop Management
    • Soil Fertility
    • Applied Meteorology
    • Spatial Technologies

Environmental Soils and Landscape Processes

    Research and education in this area focus on processes and development of measures to control soil erosion and contamination of soil and water from organic and inorganic sources. Studies range from remote sensing on large-field scales to specific soil biological, chemical, and physical properties to enhance crop productivity. 
    • Fate and Transport of Contaminants in Soils
    • Soil Remediation
    • Remote Sensing of Soil Resources and Earth Observations
    • Soil Erosion
    • Soil Classification, Mapping, Survey
    • Soil Chemistry/ Mineralogy
    • Soil Biology and Biochemistry
    • Nanotechnology
    • Waste Management

Genetic Improvement of Economic Crops

    Graduate research and education in Genetic Improvement of Economic Crops within the Agronomy Department at Purdue uses both basic and applied science to study how genes affect the growth of plants.
    • Structural Genomics
    • Functional Genomics
    • Computational Genomics
    • Comparative Genomics
    • Plant Breeding