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May 18, 2015, will be the Third International
"Fascination of Plants Day"
Plants are unique organisms...
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Press information 'Fascination of Plants Day 18th May 2015

May 18, 2015, will be the Third International "Fascination of Plants Day"
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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  • 1. Press Information May 18, 2015, will be the Third International "Fascination of Plants Day" Plants are unique organisms. They can produce sugars just from sunlight, carbon dioxide and water. This ability to directly synthesize their own food has enabled plants to successfully colonise, adapt to, and diversify within almost every niche on the planet and biologists estimate the total number of plant species to be about 250,000. These abilities make plants the primary producers of biomass providing animals and mankind with food, feed, paper, medicine, chemicals, energy, and an enjoyable landscape. Now the fascinating world of plants will be in the spotlight. Launched under the umbrella of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO —, Brussels, the third international ‘Fascination of Plants Day’ will be held on May 18th 2015. This follows up on the success of the first ‘Fascination of Plants Day’ which took place in 2012 and the second in 2013 for which over 689 institutions from more than 54 countries world-wide organized over 1000 events attracting many thousands people. This coordinated activity will plant virtual and constantly germinating seeds in the collective mind of the European and World Public recalling that plant science is of critical significance to the social, environmental and economic landscape now and into the future. The "Fascination of Plants Day" has been already adopted by more than 37 countries worldwide and the number is growing. All information about this initiative can be accessed at and is supported by a network of national coordinators who voluntarily promote and disseminate the activities within their countries. A large number of scientific institutions, universities, botanical gardens, and museums, together with farmers and companies, have already announced that they will open their doors, with a variety of plant-based events for all interested people from toddlers to grandparents. Anyone who would like to contribute to the Fascination of Plants Day (FoPD) is welcome to join in. Just contact your National Coordinator (click on "countries" at or the EPSO Coordinator (see below) to discuss and get access to all the supporting materials for the Fascination of Plants Day. The media are also kindly invited to get involved, and scientists, farmers, politicians and industrialists will discuss with them and present the latest state-of-the-art breakthroughs in the plant science world and explore all of the new potential applications plant sciences can offer. The Fascination of Plants Day covers all plant related topics including basic plant science, agriculture, horticulture & gardening, forestry, plant breeding, plant protection, food & nutrition, environmental conservation, climate change mitigation, smart bioproducts, biodiversity, sustainability, renewable resources, plant science education & art. Contacts Images available at Trine Hvoslef-Eide, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway; Coordinator FoPD;T: +47 934 33 775; Przemysław Wojtaszek, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland; Coordinator FoPD; T: +48 61 829 5972 (5968) Karin Metzlaff, EPSO, BE; Executive Director EPSO; T: +32-2-2136260;