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    Our Labs & Facilities

    Interesting research goes in our Plant Biology Greenhouse

  • Repro Laboratory

    Undergraduate Program

    Our Plant Biology Reproduction Laboratory Class is popular. 

  •  Graduate student Philip Bentz, professor James Leebens-Mack, and graduate student Rick Field use a carbon dioxide sensor on a plant in the horticulture greenhouses.

    Graduate Research

    James Leebens-Mack and team in greenhouse

  • Katrien Devos Working in the Greenhouse with a Graduate Student

    Graduate Research

    Graduate student Soyeon Choi and professor Katrien Devos working with Pearl millet, a type of grass, in the greenhouse


Welcome to the Department of Plant Biology at the University of Georgia. The Plant Biology major is aimed at giving students a broad understanding of plant and/or fungal biology relevant to current environmental and societal challenges, and thus relevant to jobs. The plant biology major includes several core classes similar to a biology major (e.g. genetics, evolution) but provides the flexibility to build an interdisciplinary program of study from a broader range of courses and pursue an emphasis in either ecology/environment or biotechnology/bioinformatics/genomics.

Latest News

Congratulations to Dr. Ye for being awarded Inventor of the Year in 2020!
Congratulations to Katrien Devos for being awarded Distinguished Research Professor! 
Plant Biology major Juan Angulo was awarded an Honorable Mention for the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Honorable Mentions are given out to recognize meritorious applicants who did not receive Fellowship awards, and is an honor in it's own right.

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Group of undergraduate students gathered at a greenhouse.

Our Undergraduate Program

The Department of Plant Biology's undergraduate program provides students with training in cutting-edge science and maintains a tight-knit community for students to study plants and/or fungi within an overarching evolutionary framework. Students majoring in Plant Biology may select from three areas of emphasis: Plant Ecology and Environment, Plant Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, or Plants and Microbes. Plant Biology students take introductory biology classes (e.g. evolution and ecology, genetics) then select an area of emphasis to put together an interdisciplinary program of study with a wider range of electives than a standard Biology degree. 

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Our Graduate Program

In our graduate program, we pride ourselves in the breadth and depth of training opportunities in both research and teaching that we provide our graduate students in the Plant Biology program. Our faculty includes nationally and internationally recognized experts in all levels of biology, from biochemistry to global change. Faculty listed by broad research areas can be found here (, but keep in mind that many of our faculty have interdisciplinary research programs that span traditional areas. Please check out our department's brochure and contact faculty of interest.

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Students and faculty potting up plants for selling.