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The Department from the archway

why plants

Bumble bee on Phacelia tanacetifolia

our strategy

Top: Rapeseed field - bottom: Batad rice terraces in the north of the Philippines


Rice is a staple food for more than 1.6 billion people from around the world.

life promoting

From top: Close up of Moss Table in which electricity is generated directly by photosynthesis; Algal cultures.

supporting environment

Undergraduate student volunteers at Barro Colorado Island, Panama, at the base of a buttressed ‘cotton tree’ Ceiba pentandra.

fundamental research

Confocal image of emerging leaf primordia in meristem of an Arabidopsis seedling


tropical forest

agricultural crops