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New Mexico State University

Plant & Soil Sciences

Plant and Soil Science

NMSU focuses on expanding, integrating, and extending the knowledge of plant and soil ecosystems in the production of plants, the creation of a living landscape, and the sustenance of environmental quality. 


Foci of Faculty Research Efforts

  • Water and nitrogen management in crops
  • Development of New Mexico onion and chili varieties
  • Improved crop selection, breeding, genetics, and pest mitigation
  • Biological diversity of rangeland in the Chihuahuan Desert
  • Techniques for forage production under water-limiting conditions
  • Weed management for improved soil and forage
  • Improved soil quality in irrigated, high-saline soils
  • Soil-borne disease prevention in agricultural crops and livestock
  • Medicinal plants

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