Creating a healthier, more resilient agriculture


Our department integrates plant sciences with agroecological approaches to create more resilient crops and landscapes in response to a changing climate and other global pressures placed on food-energy-water systems.

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Explore World Class Academics


Explore plant biology-focused undergraduate majors.


Learn about our MS and PhD offerings in plant
science, plant breeding and agroecology.

Research, innovation & discovery

Through transdisciplinary investigations ranging from understanding the inner workings of plants to their interactions with landscapes and climate we leverage technology and data science to improve resilience, sustainability and adaptation of agricultural systems.

Putting the Wisconsin Idea
into practice

We serve Wisconsin’s farming and food industries with fundamental and applied research and have strong partnerships with the Division of Extension and the USDA Agricultural Research Service.

We value and support all identities

Diversity and inclusion are core values of the UW–Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS). We strive to make our climate the best it can be for all students, faculty and staff, and we are committed to offering an excellent learning and work environment.