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Botany - Structured

Course overview
Plants are the ultimate solar-powered biological systems selected by evolution. Botany and Plant Science conduct fundamental and applied 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

To be eligible to enter on a programme of study and research for the degree of PhD you must have reached a high honours standard at the examination for the primary degree or presented such evidence as will satisfy the Head of School and the College of your fitness.


Structured PhD, full-time

Further enquiries

Síle Mhic Donncha (mornings only)
T +353 91 492 340
E sile.mhicdhonncha

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 defense against pathogens; manipulation for crop protection and novel uses.

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