Welcome to the Department of Plant Science at the University of Pretoria!
South Africa boasts more than 20 000 plant species, we have spectacular landscapes, and a scientific community committed to conserving our environment for current and future generations. Our botanical wealth is a rich source of medicines, and together with a strong agricultural sector, research in these fields has an exciting future, exemplified by the Bio-economy Strategy announced by the Department of Science and Technology in January 2014.
The Department of Plant Science has a committed team of staff who aim to provide the very best undergraduate tuition in the Plant Sciences, and carry out locally relevant but internationally competitive research in all the fields listed above, namely plant taxonomy, ecology, conservation, medicinal plant science and biotechnology. We are housed in the brand new Plant Sciences Complex, built with pioneering “green” architecture and state-of-the-art research facilities.
The Department has a rich botanical history stretching back to the founding years of the University of Pretoria in the early 1900’s. Part of this legacy is the HGWJ Schweickerdt Herbarium, which houses more than 110 000 botanical specimens, a rich resource used by local and international botanical scientists. The Manie van der Schijff Botanical Garden is the “living laboratory”of the Department with more than 4000 indigenous species decorating the Hatfield campus. It is world famous for its cycad collection, and plays a critical role in the conservation of rare species of this South African icon.
We invite you to leaf through our webpages, to discover our world of plants and what it can do for you, whether you are an aspiring student, fellow scientist, or curious visitor.