1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
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2113-13 Botanist

Studies the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and ecology of plants.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • investigates the effects of environmental factors such as rainfall, temperature, sunlight, soil, topography and disease on plant growth
  • grows plants under controlled conditions to determine optimum environmental factors, assess the significance of environmental and genetic variables, and examine patterns of plant evolution
  • studies the nature and occurrence of plant chromosomes, cells and tissues
  • makes field and laboratory studies of plant groups to compile and revise natural classifications
  • prepares or supervises the preparation of laboratory reports and scientific papers
  • may prepare handbooks for identification of plants
  • may supervise and coordinate the work of technical officers and technicians
  • may search for, identify and classify new species of plants
  • may work with other scientists to develop drugs, medicines and other products from plants

Specialisations:
Plant Morphologist
Plant Pathologist
Plant Physiologist
Plant Taxonomist

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