The Botany Department was founded in 1711. We are a leading centre of teaching and research in plant sciences. Our interests range over the areas of plant systematics, plant community ecology, and environment and sustainability.
We study plants because they are of vital importance; as the source of all our food, the oxygen we breathe and most of the medicines we use. They are central to the processes of global climate change and to the provision of food and energy for an expanding human population. In the face of such change their conservation is increasingly vital.
Activities are based around every aspect of Plant Science that potential students may be expected to encounter during an undergraduate course. Activities include: molecular DNA analysis, plant pollinator interactions, quaternary botanical studies, plant propagation and micropropagation, herbarium work, functions of botanical gardens, postgraduate research.
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