Part II Plant Sciences
The study of plants is the fundamental life science. Our existence depends on plants converting solar energy into usable biochemical energy via photosynthesis, and plants furnish almost all our food requirements. Similarly microorganisms make up a large proportion of the world's biomass and their study is of tremendous importance in understanding both beneficial and harmful aspects of their interactions with plants. Furthermore, both Plant Biology and Microbiology are becoming increasingly significant with new developments in biotechnology and ever-increasing environmental problems.
The Plant Sciences Part II course reflects the growing need to understand more fully how plants work from cellular to population and community levels. It also features modules on microbial science, currently one of the most dynamic areas of biology. This scope enables you to experience experimental approaches ranging from molecular biology to ecological modelling. The modular nature of the course means that you can study for an entirely molecular Plant Sciences degree, an entirely ecological Plant Sciences degree, a degree with a significant microbiology component or any combination that suits you.
There has never been a more exciting time to study Plant Sciences, not least as we are faced with the challenges of conservation and exploitation of plant and microbial life to feed and fuel a burgeoning population. We hope that you will join us.
Course Website: http://www.plantsci.cam.ac.uk/teaching/plants/