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Plant, Soil and Entomological Sciences

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Plant, Soil and Entomological Sciences
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2339
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2339

Phone: (208) 885-6274

Email: pses@uidaho.edu
AG students with produce

Current Research

Assist in a faculty research project or do your own independent study. Develop potting mixes containing cattle biosolids. Work out genetic engineering techniques for flowering plants. Test mustard seed meal’s ability to control weeds in horticultural crops. Paid positions are available.

Our faculty members are researching topics including:

  • Testing native plants for low-input landscapes
  • Domesticating the wild mountain huckleberry
  • Measuring the water savings of drip irrigation
  • Evaluating specialty potato varieties


Plant and Soil Science Club: Grow plants for sale; take field trips.
International Society of Arboriculture: Join the student chapter for tree-related activities.
Soil Stewards: Work at the on-campus organic farm.

Hands-On Experience

Intern. Get practical experiences like these:

  • Monrovia: Take part in propagation, shipping, research, sales and other aspects of a large wholesale nursery.
  • Golf course: Manage turf on fairways and greens.
  • University of Idaho Potato Tissue Culture Laboratory: Produce disease-free plantlets and minitubers for certified seed potato production.

Study abroad
. Deepen your understanding of your major—and the world—in countries like these:
  • Taiwan: Study orchid and tropical fruit production.
  • Mexico: Tour greenhouses that supply 80 percent of cherry tomatoes sold in the U.S.
  • India: Observe 1,000-year-old farming practices on terraced hillsides.

. Give back. Grow organic produce at the plant science farm and donate it to a local food bank. Prune apple trees on The Nature Conservancy’s historic ranch on the Snake River.


The department’s facilities include two plant science farms and two state-of-the-art greenhouses.