• 2015 - Congratulations Outstanding Staff Nominees: Jason Walton (award recipient), Tom Keene, laura Harris, Steve Jones, and Jeanne Hartman

    The department had five staff members nominated for the 2015 CAFE Outstanding Staff Awards: Non-Faculty Professional category– Tom Keene; Technical category – Laura Harris, Jeanne Hartman, Steve Jones, Jason Walton.

    October 5, 2015
  • Rebecca McCulley

    Even though ecosystems may be located half a world away from each other, sometimes they really aren’t all that different. That’s what an international group of grassland scientists, including one from theUniversity of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, have found to be true about soil microbes living in grasslands and their response to fertilizers.

    September 11, 2015
  • Micro Plate

    August 19, 2015
  • The group of scientists led by Jason Unrine, an assistant professor in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, studied biosolids from a simulated wastewater treatment system containing the nanomaterials silver, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide and examined their effects on plants and microorganisms. Their findings were presented in two papers recently published in the academic journal Environmental Science and Technology.

    July 1, 2015
  • Jan Smalle, a scientist in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, received a four-year, $450,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture to study the mechanics of nanoharvesting plant flavonoids. Flavonoids are a complex collection of plant-made chemicals that have all kinds of functions within plants and also have many potential human health implications.

    June 8, 2015
  • Elisa D’Angelo built a wetland with powerful potential—a system that removes toxic elements that might leach out of coal slurry impoundments. 

    “Our goal is to help the coal industry reduce liabilities associated with mining and coal preparation and help communities near the hundreds of coal slurry impoundments in the Appalachians,” said D’Angelo, Plant and Soil Sciences associate professor. 

    April 27, 2015
  • LEXINGTON, KY (May 5th, 2014) - Each year the department sets aside time in the spring semester to celebrate our graduate programs. Part of that celebration is the presentation of the Distinguished Alumni Award for a graduate from our programs. On April 25, 2014, the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, recognized Dr. Qingshun Li, a former student and graduate of the Plant Physiology program as its 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. Dr. Li was the honored guest speaker for the department's weekly seminar series.

    May 5, 2014
  • LEXINGTON, KY (May 5th, 2014) - This year, in conjunction with the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences Graduate Program’s Distinguished Alumnus Award, Atanas Radkov was honored with the Doyle E. Peaslee Award, given to an outstanding graduate student in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. Atanas, a Soil Science PH.D candidate, is pictured receiving his award from his advisor, Dr Mark Coyne.

    May 5, 2014
  • LEXINGTON, KY (March 24, 2014) - The CSAW, a consortium of both agri-business and agriclutural academic societies has released the results of their recent survey:

    "U.S. Ag Scientists Hiring Needs Outlined for Top Six Largest Life Science Companies

    In 2013, CSAW (The Coalition for a Sustainable Agricultural Workforce) conducted (through a third party research firm) a confidential survey among CSAW member companies to better understand their projected, near-term needs for hiring domestic agricultural scientists.

    March 24, 2014
  • PRINCETON, KY (March 19, 2014) - “When used wisely, poultry litter is a valuable resource,” said Edwin Ritchey, UK extension soil scientist. “It provides nutrients to the soil, eases environmental concerns and, in many cases, is cost effective.”

    Current surface broadcast application methods, however, leave an unpleasant smell and pose environmental concerns.

    March 19, 2014