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Disciplines in the Department of Plant and Wildlife Sciences focus on four of the great dilemmas facing mankind in the twenty-first century: harnessing biological technology to meet the needs of an expanding human population in the developing world; assessing and minimizing the impact of human activities on an increasingly vulnerable environment; managing and conserving wildlife and wildlands; and adapting urban landscaping to meet increasing water, space and other resource limitations while enhancing the aesthetic quality of urban environments.