Definition - What does Botanist mean?
A botanist is a scientist who studies plants and their various aspects. They can study a broad range of plant related topics, physiological, evolutionary, genetic, agricultural, ecological, and environmental. Typically, a botanist selects a specific area to study and specialize in field research or lab experimentation to further their understanding of plants and their influence on the environment that surrounds them. Within the wine industry, botanists are essential to vineyard owners, as they research wine grape vines and advise on planting, grafting and harvesting procedures.
WineFrog explains Botanist
The areas of study for a botanist are extremely helpful and informative to those in the medical, agricultural and environmental fields. These plant scientists are able to diagnose a plant’s responses to stress, diseases, pests and climate conditions. They can also help with genetic research and biotechnology companies that work with pharmaceuticals. Within the agricultural fields like viticulture, botanists can help with crop yields, plant breeding, resistance to disease, drought capabilities and nutritional value. Botanists also contribute to finding ways to control weeds, diseases and pollutants that could be harmful to the food supply.
To become a botanist, it is important at least earn a bachelor’s degree in botany, plant science or biology. Botanists with a doctoral degree are in high demand and can find work within varietal research teams within a company, governmental agency or university. They can also work in the field for private companies and contribute to agriculture, conservation, economy or forestry.