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.
Everybody is welcome to join this initiative!
Fascination of Plant Day (FoPD) hosted by the Linnean center at SLU, Uppsala with support from SPPS (Scandinavian Plant Physiology Society)
- Experimental stations open from 11 to 16 (Swedish and English)
- Short talks
Come and discover lots of new and fascinating things you didn’t know about plants.
Station 1 – The Plant Microbiome: behold and grow the unseen
Plants are home to a plethora of microscopic organisms. These microbes may cause diseases, but surprisingly they may also be innocuous or even beneficial. In this station, visitors can look under the microscope to see (1) how fungi can be both friends and foes of pine seedlings and (2) the diversity of microbes in a leaf. Besides this, the “plant microbiome” concept will be further explored with a fun card game!
Station 2 – Plant organ evolution station
At this station, we will introduce the tree of plants: the major clades of plants, their morphological characteristics, and their relatedness in the context of evolution. The activities are divided into two parts: 1. we will prepare pictures and real specimen (leaves, flowers, seeds, etc.) and the participant will identify different parts/organs that belonging to the same plant; 2. We will prepare the backbone of phylogeny, and the participant will sort these assembled plants into the categories algae, bryophytes, ferns, gymnosperms and angiosperms.
Station 3 – DNA on a stick
The DNA molecule stores information about the looks and function of all living organisms. Pick your favourite fruit, extract its DNA and collect it on a stick.
Station 4 – Plant immunity
This station will explain how plants are in danger from microbes like viruses, bacteria and fungi. The different strategies microbes have to enter the plant body will be shown, as well as examples of how plants defend themselves. Participants will even be able to try infecting plants themselves.
Station 5 – The Plant cell and water transport
What does a plant cell look like and how is water transported? Come and see what plant cells look like under a magnifying microscope. Discover how water is transported and how osmosis work. Maybe after that, you can make a Dandelion curl!
- Scientific short talks (English)
Six scientists from SLU (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences) will present short talks on a range of research topics about plant life and potential uses and improvement of plants. The talks will last ~20 min combined and will be followed by time for informal discussions with the public. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet and talk to SLU scientists and find out more about why we should all be fascinated by plants.
Talks will run every hour from 12:15 to 15:15 and will last ~20 min
Titles of talks
- “Why are plants fascinating?” by Theodore Serivichyaswat (PhD student)
- “How and why plants communicate to each other” by Velemir Ninkovic (Senior Lecturer)
- “Can Plants Heal?” by Shamik Mazumdar (PhD student)
- “Dying to Make it: Programmed Cell Death in Plant Development and Survival” by Adrian Dauphinee (Researcher)
- “Tales of plant hybrids: to be or not be a new species?” by Gerardo Del Toro De León (Researcher)
- “What is GMO?” by Pernilla Elander (PhD student)