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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Biological Sciences


Plant Sciences Group

The Plant Sciences group at the University of South Carolina is internationally recognized for excellence in plant biology, spanning the molecular, cellular, organismal and ecosystem levels. 

Members of the group have a diversity of research interests aimed at understanding how plants develop and how they respond and adapt to their environment. Specific interest include molecular signaling in responses to pathogens and herbivores, flower development, small RNA biology, post-transcriptional gene silencing, iron transport and homeostasis, phytoplankton photosynthesis and aquatic primary production, wetland ecology, biomass production and nanotechnology, and evolutionary ecology.

We conduct controlled studies in the USC greenhouse and the numerous high quality environmental growth facilities.  Members of the group carry out field studies in various sites around South Carolina, the US Rocky Mountains, and the Brazilian Pantanal.  Graduate students in the plant sciences take advantage of a highly interactive group that features a monthly plant seminar series, a plant-specific curriculum, and a number of travel and research awards We are a collaborative group of researchers who share a deep interest in advancing the field of plant biology.


   Plant Science Faculty