MSU hosts second annual Fascination of Plants Day

  • May 1, 2018
  • Plant science, Outreach, event
  • Homepage News, Faculty & Staff, Research, Students, College of Natural Science, Plant Biology, Plant Research Laboratory

Image of MSU plant scientist showing a child a stawberry DNA extraction

MSU plant scientist Anna-Sophie Bohrer shows the process of DNA extraction to a fascinated child. Photo by Britta Hamberger.

The second annual “Fascination of Plants Day@MSU” will be held on Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Molecular Plant Sciences Building atrium on the MSU campus.

The public is invited to explore the world of plants, enjoy family-friendly activities and meet MSU researchers at one of the world's best plant science institutions. Attendees will:

  • Experience hands-on activities related to seed growth, what ingredients plants need to develop and how they defend themselves when attacked;
  • Learn about plant benefits beyond food such as plant medicinal properties and plant-based industrial products;
  • Discover the plant scientist’s lab toolkit, which includes genetically modified organisms or GMOs, and how DNA works in plants; and
  • Meet MSU researchers to learn about the exciting science that goes on at MSU.

Fascination of Plants Day (FoPD) is a worldwide event promoted by the European Plant Science Organization. It aims to get the public enthused about the importance of plant science on their day-to-day lives (agriculture, pharmaceuticals, etc.). The MSU event will take place alongside hundreds of others worldwide.

For more information, contact Anne-Sophie Bohrer, event coordinator, bohreras@msu.edu; Igor Houwat, communications coordinator, houwatig@msu.edu; or visit the website or Facebook page.

 

Banner image: Fascination of Plant Day will host many different plant-related exhibits. Activities such as "Guess the Smell" will feature different plants and herbs for attendees to investigate. Photo by Britta Hamberger.