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.
The Plant Science Department on the Waite Campus covers:
- plant biology and biochemistry
- plant breeding and genetics
- viticulture and horticulture
- wine science
- soil-plant interactions
- entomology and plant pathology
- farming systems
Our 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:
- Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls
- Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology
- Australian Research Council Hub for Genetic Diversity and Molecular Breeding for Wheat in a Hot and Dry Climate
- Australian Research Council Training Centre for Innovative Wine Production
- Australian Plant Phenomics Facility, Plant Accelerator
- University of Adelaide – Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Laboratory for Research in Plant Science and Plant Breeding
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.
Bachelor of Applied Biology
The 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
The 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