Plant Biology integrates biochemistry, genetics/genomics, cell & developmental biology and ecology to describe plant structure and function from the sub-cellular to the ecosystem level. Research involves a variety of model systems as well as crop plants.

Plant Biology research provides fundamental information that underpins improvements in applied areas such as production of food, resistance to disease, and adaptation to the challenges of climate change such as tolerance to drought, salinity and pollutants.

In the 2014 Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities, The University of Queensland ranked #2 in Asia/Pacific (#12 in the world) for Plant and Animal Science. In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment, UQ received the highest rating of ‘well above world-standard’ in Plant Biology, a distinction also held in the 2010 and 2012 ERA assessments. Plant biologists within the School of Biological Sciences, the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences and the The Centre for Integrative Legume Research are world renown and have research interests in:

Read more about our Plant Biology researchers here, including more information on specific projects, publications and research student opportunities.