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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Science For Kids: botanist
Examining the roots of a leafy spurge plant from Russia will help this ARS botanist find pathogens that might help control the weed in the United States. A botanist is a scientist who works with plants. He or she might specialize in one particular plant, like potatoes, or do research in how some plants are related to one another--like wild and modern strains of plants like tomatoes or wheat. A botanist can identify and describe different plants and seeds so others can tell exactly how they differ from and resemble each other. Another specialty might be plant habitats (where plants grow) and habits—not habits like drinking too many sodas, but how the plant grows, such as a vine that creeps along the ground rather than sending up a thick, strong stem.

Story about this kind of research:
The Plant Hunters

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Last Modified: 2/14/2011
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