Botany covers all aspects of the life of plants. It includes their structure and development, physiology and biochemistry, genetics, as well as their relationships with the environment and other organisms.
Our research focuses on the evolution, physiology and ecology of plants, algae, fungi, cyanobacteria and virus in a range of anthropogenic and natural contexts.
Peter Bannister Student Field Grant Fund
Applications are invited for a grant from the Peter Bannister Student Field Grant Fund, to assist those enrolled for a PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons) or PGDip at the University of Otago and whose thesis deals with some aspect of botany.
For more information, visit our scholarships page.
Papers Offered in Botany, 2018
Looking for information about papers offered in 2018? Click on the paper codes below, or visit our Papers page to see what Botany offers in 2018.
|Paper Code||Paper Title and Description|
|BIOL123||Plants: How They Shape the World |
Learn how plants made the world you live in and how we can use them to secure our future
|CELS191||Cell and Molecular Biology |
An introduction to the biology of cells; fundamentals of molecular biology; organismal and molecular genetics; human genetic variation; diversity and biology of microorganisms; microbial virulence and disease processes.
|ECOL111||Ecology and Conservation of Diversity |
Species and population ecology: patterns of biodiversity; management of threatened species; evolution and environmental influences; how individuals interact with each other in populations, and with their physical environment.
|BTNY201||Plant Functional Biology and Biotechnology |
Learn about the cellular processes of plant growth and how to use this in plant biotechnology
|BTNY202||Plant and Fungal Diversity |
Plant diversity with a particular emphasis on New Zealand, in the context of the Southern Hemisphere. The evolution of plants and processes of adaptation and selection; the relationships between plants, including lichens and fungi, in the past and present.
|BTNY203||Marine and Freshwater Botany |
The diversity, physiology and ecology of marine and freshwater plants, algae and cyanobacteria.
|BTNY301||Plant Ecology |
Learn how plants respond to and influence their environment across a range of terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems.
|BTNY302||Plant Interactions |
Learn how plants interact with fungi, bacteria, viruses and animals and gain insights on how plant interactions impacts on plant biology from community structure to crop productivity.
|BTNY303||Topics in Field Botany |
Learn about plants in the world around us through a hands-on field ecology course that emphasises identifying plants and surveying plant populations and communities.