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Botany - Plant Science - Research

Course overview
Plants are the ultimate solar-powered biological systems selected by evolution. Botany and Plant Science conduct research on plants at all levels, including ecosystems, communities, species, individuals, tissues, cells and molecules (e.g., genetics, biochemistry). We investigate many types of plants including algae (e.g., seaweeds, diatoms), mosses, ferns, gymnosperms and flowering (seed) plants, including wild plants, model genetic organisms (e.g., Arabidopsis) and cultivated plants (e.g., crops, forestry). Plant research is the key biosciences topic for future sustainable development, particularly in developing countries.

Entry requirements

Candidates for the degree of PhD or MSc by research must have reached a high honours standard (minimum H2.2 [or equivalent international qualification] for an MSc) at the examination for the primary degree or presented such other evidence as will satisfy the Head of School and the College of his/her fitness.

Duration

GYT09 PhD (Botany) full-time
GYT10 PhD (Botany) part-time
GYT11 MSc (Botany) full-time
GYT12 MSc (Botany) part-time

Further enquiries

Síle Mhic Donncha (mornings only)
Tel: +353 91 492 340
Email: sile.mhicdhonncha@nuigalway.ie

Research areas

Areas of Interest:
Genetics and Biotechnology:
plant biotechnology, genetics, epigenetics, genomics, genetic engineering, genetic resources, bioinformatics, biosciences policy; plant biosciences for food security and sustainable development (developing countries).

Paleoenvironmental Research:
paleobotany; long-term environmental change (e.g. 15,000
years); climate change and human impact.

Terrestrial Plant Ecology:
conservation of threatened plants and habitats in Ireland; climate change; biodiversity; turlough and callows ecosystems; low intensity farming; rare vascular plants and bryophytes; coastal ecology.

Algal and Aquatic Plant Ecophysiology:
environmental and anthropological impact on marine and freshwater algae and plants; climate change; biodiversity; utilisation; stress physiology; ecotoxicology.

Plant and Algal Glycoscience:
plant cell wall composition, evolution and functional analysis; cell wall component roles in growth, development and defence against pathogens; manipulation for crop protection and novel uses.

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