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Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford

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PurposeResearch and teaching in plant biology
Head of Department
R.G. Ratcliffe
Key people
Parent organization
University of Oxford

The Department of Plant Sciences, at the University of Oxford, England, focuses on research and teaching in plant and fungal biology. It is part of the university's Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division.

Notable academic staff

Former staff and alumni include:


The Department has three research groups:[1]

  • Biochemistry and Systems Biology
  • Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Ecology, Evolution and Systematics



The Department houses the Oxford University Herbaria that consists of two herbaria:[2]

  • Fielding-Druce Herbarium.
  • Daubeny Herbarium.

In total the collections contain 800,000 specimens[3] and the department has close links with the University's Oxford Botanic Garden.


Forestry was an important part of the university under the name of the Imperial Forestry Institute, from 1924;[4][5] later the Commonwealth Forestry Institute from 1939.[6] The Oxford Forestry Institute was incorporated into the Department of Plant Sciences in 2002,[7] and research relating to forestry is now undertaken under the department's name. Some students were Imperial Forest Service students, who came from many parts of the British Empire to qualify as foresters before they returned home.[8] It ran a post graduate MSc forestry course for many years: Forestry and its Relation to Land Use,[9] until 2002.[7]

See also


  1. ^ "Department of Plant Sciences". Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  2. ^ Bloom, Michael. "26 November 2015 - Oxford University Herbarium". Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Oxford Plant Systematics". Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Imperial Forestry Institute, Oxford". Nature. 137 (3466): 573. 1936. doi:10.1038/137573a0.
  5. ^ "The Imperial Forestry Institute, Oxford". Nature. 139 (3522): 731. 1937. doi:10.1038/139731a0.
  6. ^ The History of the University of Oxford. Trevor Henry Aston, J. I. Catto, T. A. Ralph Evans, James McConica, Nicholas Tyacke, Lucy Stuart Sutherland, Leslie George Mitchell, Michael G. Brock, Mark C. Curthoys and Brian Howard Harrison. Oxford University Press, 1984. ISBN 0-19-822974-7, ISBN 978-0-19-822974-2
  7. ^ a b Burley, Jeffery; Mills, Roger A; Plumptre, Robert A; Savill, Peter S; Wood, Peter J; Wright, Howard L (March 2009). "Witness to History A History of Forestry at Oxford University". British Scholar. I (2): 236–61. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  8. ^ Excerpta e statutis universitatis Oxoniensis: titulus XIV, de vestitu et habitu scholastico; titulus XV, de moribus conformandis; titulus XXIII, of women students. Oxonii: e Prelo Clarendoniano, [1925], pp. 374-75
  9. ^ [1] Archived 3 July 2007 at the Wayback Machine

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