School of Plant Biology


The School of Plant Biology is internationally renowned for its research and training environment that focuses on understanding the myriad roles of plants and their interactions in marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems, in both natural and managed contexts.

Our research covers molecular physiology, genetics and breeding, molecular genetics and genomics, ecophysiology, ecosystem biogeochemistry, biological modelling, and terrestrial and marine ecology, with applied research in land and water management, restoration ecology, weed science, pathology and crop production agronomy.

'Highly Cited Researchers are identified by Thomson Reuters and are defined as the preeminent individual researchers, in each of 21 subject categories, who have demonstrated great influence in their field as measured by citations to their work. The School is home to seven highly-cited researchers, and three more are honorary or adjunct staff members.

These world-leading scientists and our other research leaders contribute to a dynamic and inspiring community with a mission to improve the understanding, management and use of plants.

The School's research covers two broad areas:

Plant production systems
Our focus is on plants (cereals, oilseeds, and pulse crops, and forage pastures) and collaborations with other disciplines (soil science, animal science, biometrics, chemistry, engineering, food and human health, hydrology and agricultural economics) and with industry partners.
Natural marine and terrestrial systems
We investigate interactions between plants and their environment, in terrestrial and marine settings.