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FAQs on Botany

1. What is Botany?

Botany is that branch of Biology that deals with the study of plants. The term ‘botany’ springs from an adjective ‘botanic’ that's again derived from the Greek word ‘botane’.

2. Where can Biologists work?

The industries in which one can work are - 

  • Chemical Industry

  • Food Companies

  • Arboretum

  • Forest Services

  • Biotechnology Firms

  • Oil Industry

  • Land Management Agencies

  • Seed And Nursery Companies

  • Plant Health Inspection Services

  • National Parks

  • Biological Supply Houses

  • Plant Resources Laboratory

  • Educational Institutions

3. Who is a Botanist?

The person who studies ‘Botany’ is known as a ‘Botanist’.

4. What are the branches of Botany?

Botany is divided into a number of branches:

  • Plant Pathology

It is the study of organisms and environmental conditions that are liable for causing diseases in plants, the mechanisms by which the disease occurs, and therefore the methods of controlling plant diseases.

  • Plant Ecology 

Plant ecology studies the distribution of plants, how do the environmental factors affect plants and therefore the interaction between plants and other organisms.

  • Palaeobotany

It is a type of botany that deals with the recovery and identification of plant fossils, thereby, studying the evolutionary history of plants.

  • Archaeobotany

It is the branch of Botany in which scientists study as to how were the plants used by the people in the past. Understanding a plant also helps in understanding the medicinal and spiritual significance of a plant in the past.

  • Forensic Botany

Forensic botany is the use of plants and parts of plants like pollens, seeds, leaves, etc. to investigate criminal or non-criminal cases, legal disputes or questions, to discover the cause of death or former location.


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