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Agricultural/horticultural scientists may do some or all of the following

  • find ways to improve the quality and value of animal or crop production
  • develop farming methods to protect animal welfare and the environment
  • develop vaccines and other products to improve animal health and productivity
  • run experiments and analyse the results
  • advise farmers, vets, and horticultural and agricultural companies
  • write about their work for scientific and farming magazines
  • present reports at conferences
  • write applications for funding grants for agricultural/horticultural research
  • manage research budgets.

Agricultural/horticultural scientists need to have

  • knowledge of crops, pastures, soil types and farm animals
  • understanding of physiology and biology
  • knowledge of agricultural and horticultural chemicals, pests and diseases
  • research skills
  • practical skills for performing experiments and operating scientific equipment
  • problem-solving skills
  • communication skills for speaking to farmers, or talking at conferences
  • writing skills, for writing reports and for publications
  • maths and computer skills.

Agricultural/horticultural scientists should be

  • accurate
  • objective
  • enquiring and observant, especially when recording results
  • as many projects are long-term, they should be patient and motivated.
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