New Zealand 'Fascination of Plants Day 2013' Success Story

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New Zealand 'Fascination of Plants Day 2013' Success Story

  1. 1. Joint Graduate School in Plant and Food Science Discover the amazing world of plants 1.00-4.00 pm Biology Building 5 Symond St University of Auckland To recognise Fascination of Plants Day the Joint Graduate School for Plant and Food Science, is hosting an event for high school students, teachers, parents and the general public to find out more about the amazing world of plants. THE PROGRAMME: TALKS (10-15 mins): 1.30pm Orchid tricks and tactics: Australian 1 and NZ orchids and their pollinators 2.00pm Plants from Hawaiki to Aotearoa: Adaptation of Eastern Polynesian ancestors of Maori to New Zealand’s Climate 2.30pm Psa: a modern day bubonic plague on kiwifruit 3.00pm What can plant biotechnology do for you? NZ NATIVE PLANTS (30 mins): Guided tours of NZ native plants in Old Government House grounds Times: 1.00, 2.15, 3.30 INTERACTIVE DISPLAYS INCLUDE: Freaky fruit Fascinating fungi Plant virus villains Eating plant DNA Vanilla: the posh spice Growing complete plants from single cells (Plus a quiz, with prizes) Fascination of Plants Day is an international initiative to bring to the attention of the general public the importance of plants to our environment and economy. PhotographybyPetrJanJuracka.CharlesUniversityinPrague.FacultyofScience For more information please contact: Mike Pearson m.pearson@auckland.ac.nz

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