The Plant Science Program offers degrees in fundamental and applied topics related to plant production, plant protection, biotechnology, plant physiology and biochemistry, and plant-environment interactions.
Specific areas of specialization include:
- Plant-microbe interaction, bacterial and fungal diseases, plant virology, biological control of pests and diseases, insect physiology, natural insecticides, insect ecology and behaviour, and weed biology, ecology and control;
- Seed physiology, plant nutrition, plant growth analysis, plant-plant interaction, biotic and abiotic stressor resistance, and environmental plant physiology;
- Vegetable culture, ornamental horticulture, plant breeding, and post-harvest physiology;
- Plant biochemistry, tissue culture, genetic engineering, and plant, fungal, and viral molecular genetics;
- Rangeland ecology, and wildlife habitat studies.
The M.Sc. program requirements are as follows:
- completion of the M.Sc. program requires a thesis (12 or 18 credits) plus coursework, for a total of 30 credits
- with a 12-credit thesis, students can include a maximum of 6 credits of senior undergraduate courses
- with an 18-credit thesis, students can include a maximum of 3 credits of senior undergraduate courses and a maximum of 3 credits of directed study
The Ph.D. program requirements are as follows:
- Appropriate coursework will be selected in consultation with the candidate’s committee.
- All candidates are required to take a comprehensive examination.
- The major requirement for the Ph.D. is completion of a research thesis demonstrating ability to conduct significant and original scientific research.
|Simone Castellarin||Assistant Professor||Physiological and molecular aspects that underlay fruit ripening and the biosynthesis of secondary metabolites, and how they are modulated by the environment and viticultural practices.|
|Brian Ellis||Professor||Plant biotechnology, plant signal transduction, enzymology and metabolism|
|Murray Isman||Professor||Botanical pesticides, pesticide toxicology, Insect antifeedants, insect behaviour and memory|
|Eduardo Jovel||Associate Professor||Ethnobotany, mycology, natural product chemistry and Aboriginal health|
|James Kronstad||Professor||Fungal pathogenesis, signal transduction, cereal diseases, sporulation, morphogenesis, molecular genetics|
|Andrew Riseman||Associate Professor||Ornamental plant breeding, plant tissue culture technologies, biotic and abiotic stress resistance|
|Mahesh Upadhyaya||Professor; Graduate Advisor||Weed ecophysiology, effects of environmental stresses, seed dormancy and germination|
The Program is enriched through collaboration with colleagues in UBC Graduate Programs such as Food Science, Soil Science, Botany, Zoology; facilities such as the UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research, and in agencies such as Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and the British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture and Land.
Graduates of our program have pursued academic positions at universities or colleges, consulting, or careers in the rapidly expanding biotechnology and greenhouse industries. Others have obtained research or management positions with Agriculture and Agri-food Canada and the BC Ministry of Agriculture and Land.