Fascination of Plants Day 18th May 2012

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tanja.barendziak@uni-bremen.de; doris.elster@uni-bremen.de | 09/03/12 | Bremen, Germany

The goal of this activity is to get as many people as possible around the world fascinated by plants and enthusiastic about the importance of plant science in agriculture for sustainably producing food, as well as for horticulture, forestry and all 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.

Everybody is welcome to join this initiative! We invite you to organize for 18th May 2012 a fascinating activity involving plants to attract and interact with the public. Simply contact your National Coordinator (click on "Countries") or the EPSO Coordinator Jan-Wolfhard Kellmann jkellmann@ice.mpg.de to discuss and get access and guidelines for using the Fascination of Plants Day corporate design. We invite a wide range of organizations to join in, from schools to horticulture and anyone who feels they can make a suitable contribution to this initiative.

Many plant science institutions, universities, botanical gardens and museums, as well as farmers and companies, have already announced that they will open their doors, offering a variety of plant-based events for all the family. The media have also been invited to join in, giving scientists, farmers, politicians and industrialists the opportunity to discuss and present the very latest research and breakthroughs in the plant science world and explore all the potential new applications plant science can offer.

The Fascination of Plants Day will be backed up by a range of events in public spaces, theatres, cafes, city centre squares and parks, aimed at getting everyone thinking about plants.

Plants are fascinating. From one little seed planted in soil many green lives can arise - from tiny herbs to huge trees, or from ornamental flowers to the substantial crops that all animals and mankind need to survive on this planet. Plant biologists estimate the total number of plant species at roughly 250,000. On the back of this coordinated activity we hope to plant many virtual and constantly germinating seeds in the collective mind of the European and World Public, getting people to reflect on the critical importance of plant sicence for our social and environmental landscape now and into the future.

Read more: http://www.plantday12.eu/home.htm

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