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The fifth international “Fascination of Plants Day” will be launched by plant scientists across the world 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 and sustainable production of nutritious food, as well as for horticulture, forestry and the production of plant-based non-food products such as paper, timber, chemicals, energy and pharmaceuticals. The role of plants in environmental conservation is also a key message.
Featured sites open everyday include Minns Garden, the Sustainable Landscape Trail, and Urban Eden Landscapes. During the week, you can visit additional indoor sites including Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory, the Plant Science Building Fossil Display, and the Soil Monolith Collection. Detailed descriptions of these and more can be found at the Plant Science Destinations page. The Liberty Hyde Bailey Conservatory Instagram feed highlights plants currently in bloom.
When Plant Sciences Meet Art…
For this third edition at Michigan State University, we are partnering with the MSU Broad Museum to showcase the fascinating world of plants! Come get creative with fun hands-on activities and unravel plants mysteries! All are welcome and the more curious you are, the better!
On May 17th, laboratories and other plant research spaces across the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus will be open to local high school students. Students will get to participate in two to three hands-on learning opportunites throughout the day, ranging from sample extraction and high-resolution mass spectrometry to learning how to garden and planting a plant.
9-11 a.m. – Beadle Center Atrium
Investigate microalgae! They swim, they float, they do photosynthesis! Join the Cerutti lab as they investigate the true source of fossil fuels, and maybe next gen fuels, microalgae.
A moment of science, please. Learn how to extract DNA and oil from plants, an important part of the Clemente’s lab research on making healthier oils in soybeans.
Plants love microbes!!! Find out how a healthy relationship between plants and microbes changes plants and their partners. See both interacting using microscopes in the Libault lab!
Fascination with plant pigments. See how diverse plant pigments are, and learn how to do chromatography, a daily technique used in the Cahoon lab.
All-natural antioxidants: Which foods have the same ones? Which colored fruits and vegetables have the same pigments? Use chromatography to find out with the Roston lab!
What’s killing my tomato? See pathogens attack tomato plants and see the pathogens directly by staining them and observing them by microscopy with the Zeng lab.
BIG machine, BIG data. Join the Obata lab to prepare and run samples in a high-resolution mass spectrometer to see how a little sample can make a LOT of data and a BIG story.
Machine learning and computer vision in plant science. Learn how to use a computer to measure the differences between corn and sorghum with the Schnable lab!
12:15 – 1:45 p.m. – East Campus
The chemistry of wheat. Feel the difference between different types of wheat and learn how they originated with the Baenziger lab.
Cell phone image analysis and Who’s killing my plants? Get familiar with different plant disease case studies to solve the mystery of “Who’s killing my plants?” with the Everhart lab and learn how to use your cell phone to measure plant growth with Tai Pleasant.
Plants cry for help when attacked. Observe your own biological warfare in action with the Louis lab.
Exploiting genetic variation to make improvements. Be on the team of a top plant breeder and examine plant traits to decide what to breed next with the Amundsen lab.
Gardens, garden plants, and gardening. Love to garden? Learn more about the possibilities as you tour the UNL gardens with a Master Gardener. Plant and take home your own sample!
Find the gene – trait connection. Extract DNA from soybeans and measure their traits. Analyze your results to find out which genes are connected to which traits with the Hyten lab.
On May 18th, we welcome the public to come and learn more about why plants are fascinating! We have live music and food (compare popped sorghum to popped corn) in the Maxwell Arboretum and connected Master Gardens. There are multiple UNL and local groups participating, together we have a range of family-friendly activities, including:
- Make your own plant art! Hosted by the Lux Center for the Arts
- Get all your gardening questions answered by the UNL Master Gardeners
- Are tomatoes a fruit or a vegetable? Find out what you’re really eating at our fruit and vegetable table
- Root roommates – find out how the soil microbiome affects our crops
- Tatt A Plant – Make a picture appear on a leaf because of chloroplast movement
- Break a membrane and find out how plants survive cold
- Big grass, little grass. From 12 feet tall to two inches, grasses are one of the most diverse plant families.
- Soybeans and how they’re transforming aquaculture, including the Nebraska Soybean Board
- Plants that live on air – learn how they live without roots!
- How plants cry for help when they’re being eaten!
- Hop breeding in Nebraska
- Learn about plants of the prairie and get a tree seedling from the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum
Students and faculty will celebrate the Fascination of Plants Day on May 17th 2019 on UMBC campus. We have prepared posters on many topics, including the usefulness of plants, plant diseases, genetic engineering, fun facts about plants, etc. These posters will be presented through interactive activities with visitors. Plant related games and trivia will also be part of the interactive activities. In addition, students and faculty will bring vegetable and flower plants to give away and their favorite plants to do show-and-tell to the community.
Students and faculty at UMBC who are interests in plants will get together on May 17th 2019 to introduce UMBC students, staff, and faculty about plants and the importance of studying plants. Students will prepare posters about the usefulness of plants, plant diseases, genetic engineering (pros and cons), fun facts about plants, etc. These posters will be presented through interactive activities with visitors. Free food, plants, and prizes will be given to the visitors.