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Plant Sciences

Plants form the basis of life on Earth...

They are essential to us as food and their domestication was a primary driving factor in the birth of civilisation. Now, with the rising world population and climate change increasing the frequency of crop failures, food supply is becoming a key issue throughout the world. At the same time, plants are playing a growing role in meeting our energy needs and have enormous potential as sources of novel compounds.

Research at the University of Manchester addresses the urgent need to improve and enhance our understanding and use of plants in agriculture and other industries. At the same time, we are examining the origins of agriculture, the diversity of plant life and the role of plants in our environment. We are very much involved in activities to communicate the importance of plants in our core curriculum and to the wider community, through various education and outreach projects.