Getting to Grips with the World's Plant Life; in Association with Publicjobswales.Co.UK
Byline: By MICHELLE RUSHTON
BOTANISTS (sometimes known as plant biologists) study all forms of plant life both in the natural environment and in laboratories.
They have many different roles, as their work is used in a variety of areas, including conservation and protection of the environment, agriculture, forestry, horticulture, medicine, biotechnology and food science.
There are a number of specialisms in botany, including the study of specific plant groups, plant anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, ecology, marine botany and taxonomy (the identification and classification of plants).
Botanists' work varies depending on the particular job, but can include identifying, classifying, recording and monitoring plant species, searching for new species, studying the effects of pollution on plant life, the effects of developments such as new buildings on plant life, identifying and purifying useful chemicals produced by plants so that they can be used in products such as drugs, food, fabrics, solvents and building materials and presenting research results in journals and at academic conferences.
What personal skills do you need?
You need a keen interest in nature and the environment and a thorough knowledge of science, particularly biologyand chemistry. Youmust be able to conduct detailed work accurately and methodically with the ability to plan research, analyse and interpret data, and write reports Problem solving, patience, perseverance and the ability to concentrate for long periods are also essential skills to have and you must be prepared to travel and work unsociable hours. …