Masters degrees in Developmental & Reproductive Plant Biology are primarily concerned with the study of plant growth, including a scrutiny of their genetics, environment, and economic importance. Students can specialise in Plant Genetics, Agro-ecology, Weed Science, and Sustainable Horticulture.
Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, such as Biology or Environmental Science.
Effective plant breeding is essential for world-wide demands on food, pharmaceuticals, and renewable resources.
You will incorporate molecular techniques in gene identification, to better understand plant pathology, and learn how techniques for resistance breeding can improve plant yield. Consideration is also given to agronomy (soil health), pest control, and entomology (insects and their role in pollination etc.).
Careers will be highly varied depending on where your interests lie. You may branch into ecotourism or conservation and wildlife management, hold officiating positions in government agencies, or work for international charities to combat issues such as climate change, or food shortage in developing countries.