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Department of Plant Science

The Department provides science solutions to major crop and horticultural challenges through molecular genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, epigenetics, metabolomics, phenomics, molecular biology, cell biology, physiology, and biophysics - all of which inform our teaching and research training from undergraduate degrees, through Honours/Masters, to PhD.

Image on rightThe Plant Science Department on the Waite Campus covers:

Image on rightOur graduates are in demand in many areas of applied plant research finding potential solutions to major challenges such as:

  • salinity, soil toxicities and nutrient limitations
  • drought and global warming
  • plant pathogens
  • sustainable improvement of yield and quality

Undergraduates and postgraduates also benefit from the Department’s embedded internationally recognised research centres and facilities:

As one of the Departments in the well-established School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, we have access to an exciting and world-class range of experts and equipment in our collaborating Departments within the School as well as elsewhere on the Waite Campus and in the University, and share access to each other’s state of the art facilities.

The Department is the home of the Bachelor of Applied Biology and the coursework postgraduate programs in Plant Biotechnology.

Bachelor of Applied Biology

Image on rightThe Bachelor of Applied Biology offers a unique combination of theoretical learning and professional practice that focuses on both biological knowledge and the multitude of ways in which biology contributes to employment and productivity. It offers a unique student experience, including the opportunity for a full semester of overseas study at a University of Adelaide strategic partner institution and a semester of placement within a relevant industry, government or research context.

Further Information: Assoc Prof Chris Ford

Plant Biotechnology Programs

Image on rightThe Plant Biotechnology programs (Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master) focus on plant form and function from molecular, genetic and bio-chemical perspectives. The program extends this understanding from fundamental science to applications in plant production, human and animal health, biofuels, and ultimately to commercialisation of plant biotechnology. The programs are designed as a series of short courses, integrating scientific communication, critical thinking, problem solving and bioinformatics into the curriculum.

Further Information: Dr Stuart Roy

If you would like further information on the Department and/or the staff, research and teaching programs within, contact the Head – Professor Rachel Burton

School of Agriculture,
Food and Wine

School of Agriculture Food & Wine


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F: +61 8 8313 7109

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