Fascination of Plants Day – Thursday 18th May

May 16, 2017 12:28 pm

We are proud to be involved with Fascination of Plants Day which this year is being marked on the Thursday 18th May.

The fourth international “Fascination of Plants Day” 2017 will be launched under the umbrella of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO). The goal of this activity is to get as many people as possible around the world fascinated by plants and enthused about the importance of plant science for agriculture, in sustainability producing food, as well as for horticulture, forestry, and all of the non-food products such as paper, timber, chemicals, energy, and pharmaceuticals. The role of plants in environmental conservation will also be a key message. http://plantday.org/

We will participate at the Royal Holloway, University of London in a program which is aimed at Year 7-9 school children. The day will include talks from their world-leading plant scientists as well as the chance to visit their arboretum, meet their bee keepers and learn how to draw plants from local artist Kerry Lemon. Our Director of Research and Development, Dr Frances Gawthrop, will be explaining how plant breeding is central to developing vegetable varieties suitable for changing climate and taste.

The event is now fully booked but you can watch the talks starting at 10am live here.
The talks
Why plants are important for us     Prof Lazlo Bogre
Why study plants in Tenerife?        Dr Brian Ferry