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Plant Scientist

Job Summary

Responsible for undertaking research and working to ensure that agricultural practices result in an abundance of nutritious food in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Organize planting, harvesting and other agronomic operations in the field or greenhouse.
  • Perform tasks and experiments in the field and/or greenhouse.
  • Organize and maintain inventory stocks of necessary breeding lines.
  • Organize seed shipments.
  • Work to ensure there is enough food for growing populations.
  • Help maintain nation's food supply.
  • Look for ways to improve crop yield with less labor, control pests and weeds more safely and effectively.
  • Research ways to conserve soil and water.
  • Collect samples in the field.
  • Look for ways to use agricultural products for fuels.
  • Study plants in order to help producers of food, animal feed, and fiber crops to feed a growing population and conserve natural resources.
  • Help increase productivity.
  • Study ways to improve the nutritional value of crops and the quality of seed, through biotechnology.
  • Study the breeding, physiology, and management of crops and use genetic engineering to develop crops that are resistant to pests and to drought.
  • Develop new technologies to control or eliminate pests and prevent their spread in ways appropriate to the specific environment.
  • Perform research to understand the biological and chemical processes by which crops grow, such as determining the role of a particular gene in plant growth.
  • Discover mechanisms to improve the quality, quantity, or safety of agricultural products.
  • Manage or administer research and development programs.
  • Manage marketing or production operations in companies that produce agricultural chemicals, seeds, and machinery.
  • Conduct experiments to develop new or improved varieties of field crops, focusing on characteristics such as yield, quality, disease resistance, nutritional value, or adaptation to specific soils or climates.