Molecular Plant Sciences


We provide data-driven solutions to improve plant health, performance and resilience through unparalleled insights into plant biology.

Over the last 25 years we have become a world-leading institute for plant research. Our 16 research groups work in three overlapping areas of plant and fungal biology and tackle the global challenges of:

  • food security
  • climate change
  • green technology


About Us

Our strength lies in the depth and diversity of plant topics we cover. We have a strong track record in ground-breaking discoveries that have transformed our understanding of how plants grow and interact with their environment.

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Work with Us

Our multi-million pound, state-of-the-art facilities enable research from the molecular to whole-plant scales. Partnerships with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), partner institutions within Edinburgh Plant Science and industry extends our reach to crops and ecosystems - allowing our research to move from greenhouses to global solutions in a rapidly changing world.

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Resilient plant health in changing environments

Feeding a growing global population in a changing climate through sustainable intensification of agricultural production.

Evolution, diversification and biodiversity of plants

How changes in the past inform us of the effects of environmental change in future.

Green factories for high value products

Biological Sciences  Glasshouses provide plant growth facilities. [Paul Dodds]
Identifying new medicines, renewable bioenergy and enhancing the nutritional content of food by harnessing plant metabolism.