MSUToday
Published: May 11, 2017

MSU hosts first Fascination of Plants Day

Contact(s): Igor Houwat MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory office: (517) 353-2223 houwatig@msu.edu, Layne Cameron Media Communications office: (517) 353-8819 cell: (765) 748-4827 Layne.Cameron@cabs.msu.edu

Michigan State University hosts the first “Fascination of Plants Day: From Seed to Fruit” on May 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Molecular Plant Sciences Building.

The public is invited to explore this green world, enjoy fun hands-on activities suitable for children and adults and meet researchers. Attendees will:

  • Learn how plants grow, reproduce and survive in nature
  • Experience hands-on activities on fruit development, seed germination and photosynthesis, and see how plants can defend themselves from invaders
  • Discover the tools researchers use in the lab: plants, DNA and GMOs
  • Learn about plants beyond food: medicinal and cosmetic plants
  • Speakers’ corner: interact with MSU researchers on the high value of medicinal plants, the fascinating world of mushrooms and fungi and more

The goal of “Fascination of Plants Day” is to get as many people as possible around the world enthused about the importance of plant sciences for agriculture, forestry, non-food products and pharmaceuticals. The role of plants in environmental conservation is also a key message.

For updates go to https://www.facebook.com/FoPD2017/.