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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
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Current Research

Do research. Make hands-on discoveries.

Assist in a faculty research project or do your own independent study. Test the potential of mustard seed meal to deter weeds, insects and nematodes in soil. Help select rust-resistant wheats from among thousands of plants in a breeding program. Study herbicide resistance in weeds. Paid positions are available.

Our faculty is also working on:

  • Growing new varieties of wheat, mustard, canola and beans
  • Investigating biological and environmental risks of transgenic crops
  • Discovering new approaches to protect crops from pests
  • Improving crops for use as biofuels


Plant and Soil Science Club: Grow plants for sale; take field trips.
Soil Stewards: Work at the on-campus organic farm.
Agribusiness Club: Meet business leaders and potential employers, learn about internships, and get help developing your resume and improving your interviewing skills.

Hands-On Experience

Intern. Get real-world experiences likes these:

  • Western Farm Service: Assist company agronomist in research trials on the effects of fertilization on the performance of grapes, hops, mint and other crops.
  • Coors Brewing Company: Manage malting barley field trials.
  • Syngenta: Help field biologists develop new pest management products.

Study abroad. Deepen your understanding of your major—and the world—in countries like these:

  • Taiwan: Study rice production.
  • Mexico: Visit mango and coffee plantations.
  • India: Learn about 1,000-year-old farming practices on terraced hillsides.

Volunteer. Give back. Grow organic produce at the plant science farm and donate it 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.