person who practices botany
A botanist is a scientist who studies plants, including flowering plants, and plant-like things such as moss and seaweed. Botany is a scientific study of plants along with their growth, structure, evolution, and uses.
Botanists may specialize in certain areas of botany. Some important areas of study include:
- Plant taxonomy
- Plant ecology
- Chemical biology
- Photosynthesis, the process that turns carbon dioxide from the air into food using sunlight
- Apoptosis, what makes a cell "decide" to die. This study area has been important for cancer research.