Definition - What does Botany mean?

Botany is the "scientific study of plants" which includes algae, lichens, moss, fungi, ferns, conifers and flowering plants. It also denotes the study of plant life, physical structure, genetics, classification and ecology. Botanists (those who study plants) also study the distribution of plants within a specific region, geologic period or environment. Botany is an essential field of study within the wine industry, as it provides professionals who can assist with vine breeding, disease resistance and control initiatives and advise on planting procedures.

WineFrog explains Botany

Through botanical research, our understanding of plants and their uses increases and influences the supply of medicines, foods, cosmetics and other plant products. Botany is a large subject of study that encompasses many different fields, and usually, botanists pick a specific plant or field to focus their study.

As one of the oldest natural sciences, botany is found worldwide and influences a number of global markets. With environmental concerns becoming increasingly necessary, botany helps scientists understand the influence of plants on global warming and carbon plant life. Within the viticultural industry, botany is important to vineyards, because it allows the vineyard owner to learn more about their vines’ structure, grape harvest potential, soil analysis, genetic classification and outside influences on their fruit.

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