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Plant Science: Selected Web Pages for Plant Science

Associations and Organisations

Plant Research IrelandPlant Research Ireland serves as a platform to network Irish plant researchers and to facilitate communication between groups and institutions regarding activities such as seminar series, visiting speakers, joint grant applications, collaborative projects etc.

National Botanic Gardens Glasnevin

EPSO: The European Plant Science Organisation is an independent Academic Organisation representing more than 226 research institutes, departments universities from 30 countries in Europe and beyond.

ESAI: The ESAI is an association of individuals working in or with an interest in the environmental area in Ireland. Their aim is to facilitate communication and interaction between persons interested in the environment through colloquia, seminars, workshops and publications.

BSA: The Botanical Society of America was founded in 1893, whose mission is to: promote botany, the field of basic science dealing with the study and inquiry into the form, function, development, diversity, reproduction, evolution, and uses of plants and their interactions within the biosphere.

IBIOLI: The Institute of Biology of Ireland is not only the professional body for Biologists in Ireland but also a gateway to contacts in Ireland, Europe and Internationally.

RIA: The Royal Irish Academy is Ireland's leading body of experts in the sciences and humanities.

The Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland

Teagasc : Teagasc – the Agriculture and Food Development Authority – is the national body providing integrated research, advisory and training services to the agriculture and food industry and rural communities.

Open Access Resources and Web pages

KHAN Academy: Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. This link is for Biology.

Scitable: by Nature Education. This link is for Cell Biology. Free online lesson.

Ecological Flora of the British Isles  

The Ecological Flora of the British Isles is a database constructed from a wide variety of sources consisting of data on 3842 species of higher plants that occur in the British Isles (of which some 2000 species including all the British Natives and many common introductions have ecological traits entered), together with the bibliography of sources.

National Biodiversity Data Centre  

The National Biodiversity Data Centre is an Initiative of the Heritage Council and is operated under a service level agreement by Compass Informatics. The data centre is funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Heritage Council.

Met Eireann  

Met Éireann, the Irish National Meteorological Service, is a line division of the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. It is the leading provider of weather information and related services for Ireland.

National Botanic Gardens of Ireland  

A premier scientific institution, the gardens also contain the National Herbarium and several historic wrought iron glasshouses. As part of Ireland’s National Plant Conservation Strategy, it has established an All-Ireland Alien Species Forum. Check the LINKS page fpr information on their global network.

UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education  

It is the largest international graduate water education facility in the world and is based in Delft, the Netherlands. Courses are not probably free, but the site is full of interesting information.

Invasive Species Ireland  

Invasive Species Ireland is a joint venture between the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and the National Parks and Wildlife Service and acts as a gateway to information on a range of species, policy related to individual species or groups of species, and action plans to deal with species that threaten the biodiversity and economies of Ireland.

Syrph the Net  

This database has been set up as a tool for use in evaluation of the scientific interest of areas of land, development of management programmes for protected sites, monitoring of variation in site character, prediction of the effects of impacts upon site character and the study of European Syrphidae.


SAFER-Data is a fully web-based interface to the EPA's Environmental Research Data Archive. Information is presented on SAFER-Data as a "resource" and any related datasets or information objects that are publicly available for download. The goal of SAFER is to provide open access to the environmental research data to citizens, academics, policy makers, researchers, etc in Ireland and around the world.


This project will quantify impacts of key sectoral activities in Ireland (in particular: cultivation of bioenergy crops, road landscaping and aquaculture) on genetic, species and landscape biodiversity and the ecosystem services they provide, including pollination, biological pest control, carbon sequestration and resistance to alien species invasion. The project partners are: UCC, TCD, UCD and NUI Galway.


BWARS is the national society dedicated to studying and recording bees, wasps & ants (aculeate Hymenoptera) in Britain & Ireland. The BWARS website contains pages for each British and Irish species of bee, wasp and ant. Most pages contain a detailed account, distribution map, photos, life history and conservation status. Features such as videos and identification advice are being added over time.

EcoEvo Blog  

A blog site containing some very useful information for Postgraduates and Researchers in Natural Sciences. It is run by the Postgraduates from the School of Natural Science in TCD.

Michigan State University provides an excellent link page, although totally US based, to Teaching and Learning resources on Plant Biology.   

World Wide Web Virtual Library: Botany: Resources in plant biology with information categorised by provider and subject, maintained by University of Oklahoma.

The Morton Arboretum: Check out their Science and Conservation link on the top bar.

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