Ever since its foundation, the Botanic Garden has been a focus and stimulus for science in the University. For example, it was here in 1901 that William Bateson carried out his genetic research and proclaimed Mendel and the new science of genetics to the English-speaking world.
The research collections, facilities and horticultural expertise are provided for any member of the University, whatever their department, to to use in their scholarship.
Recently, research projects have been carried out by staff and students of Archaeology, Engineering, Genetics, Geography, Geology, Plant Sciences and Zoology. Studies on plants cover a wide spectrum of activities – biophysics, ecology, genetics, molecular biology and physiology. The landscape of the Garden provides an important resource for students of architecture, while the animal life of the Garden can be readily studied in this protected and diverse environment.
We also welcome the opportunity to collaborate with botanic gardens worldwide and other partner organisations in conservation, as well as with researchers from other universities, horticultural colleges and further education colleges.
To discuss possible research collaborations, please contact the Director.