• UK's climate change research plots
    Soil microbes transform nutrients in the soil into a usable form for plants. A University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment researcher studied the effects climate change could have on these essential organisms. During the one-year study, Lindsey Slaughter, a UK graduate student, studied an area of typical Central Kentucky cool-season pasture and took soil samples to see how the microbes would react to year-round temperatures that were warmer by 3 degrees Celsius and to a 30 percent increase in precipitation during the growing season. These figures are what scientists predict might occur in Kentucky as a result of climate change.
    January 22, 2016
  • John Grove new director of WKREC
    A soil scientist in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is the new director of UK’s Research and Education Center in Princeton. John Grove assumed the leadership position Dec. 1.
    December 8, 2015
  • Michael Barrett

    UKAg weed scientist Michael Barrett serves as the Weed Science Society of America’s liaison to the EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs. Barrett is the society’s third EPA liaison and came into the role two years ago after serving as an officer in the society for several years prior.

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    October 16, 2015
  • 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