Plant Science (M.Sc., Ph.D.)
The Plant Science Program offers degrees in fundamental and applied topics related to plant production, plant protection, biotechnology, plant physiology and biochemistry, and plant-environment interactions.
Specific areas of specialization include:
Plant-microbe interaction, bacterial and fungal diseases, plant virology, biological control of pests and diseases, insect physiology, natural insecticides, insect ecology and behaviour, and weed biology, ecology and control;
Seed physiology, plant nutrition, plant growth analysis, plant-plant interaction, biotic and abiotic stressor resistance, and environmental plant physiology;
Vegetable culture, ornamental horticulture, plant breeding, and post-harvest physiology;
Plant biochemistry, tissue culture, genetic engineering, and plant, fungal, and viral molecular genetics;
Rangeland ecology, and wildlife habitat studies.
Ellis, Brian: Plant biotechnology, plant signal transduction, enzymology and metabolism
Isman, Murray: Botanical pesticides, pesticide toxicology, Insect antifeedants, insect behavior and memory
Jovel, Eduardo: Ethnobotany, mycology, natural product chemistry and Aboriginal health
Kronstad, James: Fungal pathogenesis, signal transduction, cereal diseases, sporulation, morphogenesis, molecular genetics
Riseman, Andrew: Ornamental plant breeding, plant tissue culture technologies, biotic and abiotic stress resistance
Upadhyaya, Mahesh: - Graduate Advisor - Weed ecophysiology, effects of environmental stresses, seed dormancy and germination
For additional details review the Faculty research facilities.
Resources include access to the Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research (BGCPR), a research and teaching facility with newly furbished research faciliites. The BGCPR specializes in plant biodiversity research including molecular systematics and evolutionary genomics. It also has programs in plant breeding and phytochemistry.
The Program is enriched through collaboration with colleagues in UBC Graduate Programs such as Food Science, Soil Science, Botany, Zoology, and in agencies such as Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and the British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture and Land.
Graduates of our program have pursued academic positions at universities or colleges, consulting, or careers in the rapidly expanding biotechnology and greenhouse industries. Others have obtained research or management positions with Agriculture and Agri-food Canada and the BC Ministry of Agriculture and Land.