May 14, 2012

Australians Admire Fascination Of Plants Day

From getting hands on with salt-tolerant samphire plants, to a lecture on 3D plant imaging and a tour of a permaculture garden, the activities for Fascination of Plants Day will give Australians a new insight into plants. In the two weeks around 18 May, Australian plant scientists from around the country are organizing events that showcase why plants are fascinating.

Fascination of Plants Day is a worldwide event with 39 countries planning celebrations. The day is being organized by the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO) to promote the importance of plants and plant science worldwide. More than 450 institutions across the globe are hosting public events.

In Australia highlights include a tour of the Aboriginal Garden at Monash University, plant experiments in the Q-lab at Questacon, a public lecture by Julian Cribb on global food security at the University of Queensland, and an online video competition.

School students around Australia are creating videos explaining why they find plants fascinating. They are entering them in an online Fascination of Plants Day Video Competition which closes on 18 May. The competition is being organized by the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics, which is also co-ordinating Fascination of Plants Day in Australia.


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