Man is dependent on plants for fresh air, food, fibre, medicine, building materials and a safe environment. The student of botany will be able to help in sustainable options for the safeguard of the environment by exploring the intricacies of life forms at the cellular, molecular and nano level. The Master of Science in Botany covers the full range of plant science from regulation of gene expression through cell biology and developmental and hormonal plant biology to the production of enhanced crops for sustainable agriculture. Focus will be on the aspects of comparative genomics, epigenetic & chromatin structure, cell walls & the plant cell secretory pathway, stress responses and crop science including nematode-resistant crops.
The curriculum consists of a dissertation in a chosen field of study that has been approved by the Department. Students must present at least one paper at a seminar on an approved topic, as well one article for publication in a recognised journal.
· To maintain a high level of scientific excellence in botanical research with specific emphasis on the role of plants in the structure and functioning of terrestrial and marine (including estuarine) communities and ecosystems.
· To develop problem solving skills in students and encourage them to carry out innovative research projects thereby enkindling in them the spirit of knowledge creation.
· To equip the students to perform functions that demand higher competence in national/international organizations.