College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Plant Science & Landscape Architecture


SASLA, UMD’s student chapter celebrates the 15th Annual Park(ing) Day


Professors Yiping Qi (PSLA) and Bhanu Telugu (Animal and Avian Sciences) named AGNR's leading CRISPR researchers. Article on page 17 of Momentum Magazine 


Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Magdalene Ngeve receives the Presidental Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (February 7, 2019)

Congratulations to Dr. Ngeve for award of this prestigious Fellowship! Dr. Ngeve is a postdoctoral research associate working with Dr. Maile Neel, a professor in both PSLA and Entomology Departments. Through this fellowship Dr. Ngeve will expand her research on conservation genomics of the submersed aquatic plant species Vallisneria americana.  This species is vital to the Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem and other aquatic environments in eastern North America.  Following  the Land Grant model,  Dr. Ngeve's research provides basic understanding of the species' biology that supports conservation decision-making.

To find out more about Dr. Ngeve's, research please visit,


PSLA Professor Christopher Walsh receives the HARRY G. BLACK DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD at the 2019 Maryland State Horticultural Society Meeting in Hershey, PA.



PSLA Professor and Plant Geneticist Maile Neel's laboratory research covered in September 2018 issue of the Chesapeake Bay Quarterly


Photo courtesy of Rona Kobell

Agronomy Field Trials Director at the Smithsonian's 4th Annual Food History Weekend (November 1st-3rd, 2018)



On Saturday November 3, 2018, PSLA faculty member Dr. Jason P. Wight was invited to put on a pop-up exhibit at the Smithsonian American History Museum. Designed to be interactive, Dr. Wight's Grain Elevator exhibit allowed laypersons closer touch with where their food comes from.  Visitors were invited to see, touch and feel five major agronomic crops of Maryland. Visitors of the exhibition also had the opportunity to create decorative jars of the grains to take home for themselves. 

Dr. Wight has been carrying out exhibits with the Smithsonian since 2015.  As an expert in the field, he assists with the small grains exhibit at the National Arboretum (photographed below), a site under USDA jurisdiction.

Photographed: JP Wight's Small Grains Exhibit Arboretum

"Though it was a very busy day, I had a great time and it was exciting to see [people] get excited about grains," Dr. Wight stated. Dr. Wight also credited the success of his exhibit to the Western Maryland Research and Education Center in Keedysville, MD and Wye Research Center, which assisted in creating the exhibit signage.

To find out more about Dr. Wight's research, visit his research page here

To learn more about the field of agronomy, visit the Agricultural Science and Technology website


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