Understanding of how plants function, grow and develop, and complete their life cycles, has been of fundamental scientific interest for centuries. Today, basic research covers many scales that integrate physiology and ecology, from molecules to cells through to whole plants and vegetation. Important applications are to be found in areas such as agriculture, conservation and climate change.
The Institute of Plant Sciences carries out research in Plant Development, Molecular Plant Physiology, Chemical Ecology, Plant Ecology, Community Ecology and Palaeoecology. It contributes to the teaching programs in BSc Biology and to several MSc courses