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Department of Plant Science

The carnivorous pitcher plant is part of the carnivorous plant collection assembled by undergraduate students in Plant Science.

Students in the Introduction to Fungi class on a field trip to the Morgan Arboretum.

Students in the Flowering Plant Diversity Class on their field week.

Undergraduate student sampling invasive plant species in the National Wildlife Reserve of Lake Saint-François in Quebec.

PhD student Evan Sivesind is investigating the potential of flame weeding in different horticultural crops (spinach is seen being weeded here).

Professor Philippe Seguin is conducting field and laboratory research on this traditional Aztec crop, grain amaranth.

Amélie Constantineau inspects horticultural crops at a nursery during her internship with the Plant Health Divison of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

M.Sc. student Julie Livingstone studies cell specific expression of isoflavonoid genes in soybean pods using a Laser Capture Microdissection instrument.

M.Sc. student Han Qi Tan presenting her research at Montréal Plant Meeting

Welcome to the Department of Plant Science

In many ways, we now live in the "golden age of biology". Our understanding of biological systems has advanced exponentially during the 20th century and technological developments allow us to pose questions that simply could not be asked a few decades ago. We are now able do model complex entities, such as ecosystems, and the development of molecular biology techniques gives us new tools with which to study live organisms.

While the progress and promise of biology are very positive, we also live at a time of great challenges: the human population is now close to 7 billions and continues to rise at an alarming rate, the climate is changing, worldwide energy availability is going down, quality freshwater is getting scarce, biodiversity is disappearing, and number of wild habitats are threatened by human activities.

Plant scientists have a crucial role to play in solving several of these problems. How will plants react to a changing climate? How can we design effective conservation strategies to preserve biodiversity? How can we keep feeding the growing population with quality food, while the resources to do so are scarcer than ever?

The challenge of using the knowledge accumulated in the field of biology to answer these questions falls in great part to plant scientists.

The department of Plant Science offers undergraduate programs that will train tomorrow's ecologists, botanists, agrologists and biotechnologists.

Interesting opportunities at the Department of Plant Science: