Plant Sciences, also called botany or plant biology, is the science of plant life. At the basic core, the field studies growth, reproduction, evolution and adaption over time. Importantly, the field studies the important interplay with the earth, climate, and other animal life to understand and enrich the ecosystem. However, translational and application-based approaches study the use and advancement of techniques in plant production for food, fiber and ornamental purposes. Additionally, major emerging fields aim to invest in concentrations of plant computational biology (for Big Data), evolution and systematics, host-pathogen interactions, plants in human health and developing sustainable production to meet the needs of the growing human population.
Faculty members in the field