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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

Current Research

Assist in a faculty research project or do your own independent study.

Participate in one of many departmental research projects.

  • Breeding: Help develop new cultivars of wheat, canola, mustard or potatoes.
  • Biopesticides: Explore how crushed mustard seeds are a natural deterrent for weeds, insects, and nematodes.
  • Bioethanol: Participate in research to develop wheat straw into a high octane biodegradable fuel. Paid positions are available.

Student water plants in a green house


Plant and Soil Science Club (PSSC): Grow plants for sales, travel to Portland to visit the Japanese Gardens and the World Forestry Center.

Soil Stewards: Work at the on-campus organic farm.

Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Club (MMBBC): Interact with students who share your interest in biotechnology.

Agricultural Student Affairs Council
(AgSAC): Become a student leader.

Hands-On Experience

Intern. Most students complete an internship between their junior and senior years. Get practical experiences like these:

  • Microplant Nurseries, Inc.: Regenerate plants from cells and tissues.
  • Twyford Plant Laboratories: Identify disease-resistant plants using molecular techniques.
  • USDA-ARS: Identify and isolate genes for modification of crop plants such as wheat, barley, sugar beets and potatoes.

Study abroad
.  Deepen your understanding of your major — and the world — to see the potential impact of plant biotechnology in countries like these: 

  • Taiwan: Study orchid production. 
  • Mexico: Explore mango and coffee production. 
  • India: Compare modern cropping systems with century-old farming practices.

. Give back. Grow organic produce at a university plant science farm, and donate the produce to a local food bank.  Help maintain 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.