The antecedent of this department was Crop Science Lectureship and Plant Breeding Lectureship of Taihoku (Taipei) Imperial University founded by Japanese in 1928. Following Taiwan's retrocession to Chinese Sovereignty in 1945, these two Lectureships were reorganized and renamed as the Department of Agronomy. This was one of the oldest departments in the College of Agriculture at that time. The Biometry Lab and the Seed Technology Lab were established in 1946 and 1957, respectively. From that time on, this Department gradually expanded and M.S. and Ph.D. programs were formally started in 1956 and 1967, respectively.
With an aim to promote basic and applied researches in crop science, effort has been focused on recruiting faculty members with strong background in modern agriculture and bioscience as well. Improving research facilities are also our major concern. In the aspects of teaching and research, the faculty always grasps the progress of high technology. In the applied field, they try hard to contact, guide and solve the problems of nowadays agriculture.
The Goal of this department is to offer students broad basic knowledge on which a solid career in Crop Science can be built. The undergraduate program prepares the students for a career in various fields of Crop Science as well as for further study. The graduate program, leading to the degrees of master of science (M.S.) and doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.), aims to prepare the students especially for a career in teaching and/or research.
Each year the Department of Agronomy has research projects in cooperation with National Science Council, Commission of Agriculture and various agencies of the governments.
The future research development will emphasize the fields of molecular breeding, biotechnology, molecular genetics, crop production and management, crop physiology, turfgrass management and weed control, germplasm preservation, statistics and bioinformatics.
Nucleic acid-protein analyzing equipment, Scanning electron microscope, Gene-particle Gun, gas chromatography, High performance liquid chromatography, NIR, LI-6200 portable photosynthesis system, Fluorescent spectrophotometer, Densimeter, LS6000TA, Liquid scintillation counter, PCR machine, ELISA reader, AFLP, Differential disply analyzer, Electrophoresis equipment, Atomic absorption spectrophotometer, UV-VIS spectrophotometer, Refrigerated ultracentrifuge, Stereo microscope, Invert phase-contrast microscope, Phase-contrast-dark field microscope, Fluorescent microscope, Ultracut-E, etc.