The Department’s programmes are designed to encourage and promote the training of students in all aspects of Plant Science and Biotechnology. The students are expected, at the end of their programme to become conscious of their environment and appreciate the delicate balance between plant life and the existence of the Earth. They are expected to become highly knowledgeable in the new frontiers of biotechnology as it relates to plants, the primary producers in the universe. Above all, it is the core goal of the department to produce graduates who can relate to the needs of the society through their knowledge and application of the amazing facts of plant life and products, and biotechnology.
There is an acute shortage of Biochemists at present to study the soils, fertilizers, feedstuffs, insecticides, plant and animal hormones, plant growth-regulators, herbicides, etc., particularly with special regard to the West African sub-region. Biochemical research workers are also needed for the provision of the basic biochemical knowledge which is lacking with regard to plant and animal nutrition and disease, the biochemical aspects of the germination, growth, repening and spoilage of fruits and crops, and several other such topics which are important to agriculture and veterinary science in West Africa.