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

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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 occur at scales that range from the atomic to study molecular bonding to the atmosphere using remote sensing to study entire landscapes.  

    • 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

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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

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Turf and the Urban Interface

    Research and education in this area at Purdue is concentrated in two areas: 1) the science of residential and recreational turfgrass management, and 2) the environmental control of septic systems.

    • Turfgrass Science
    • Residential Waste Management

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