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Fascination of Plants Day


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Royal Holloway, University of London celebrated the fourth international ‘Fascination of Plants Day’ 2017 on Thursday 18th May with a rich programme of events for all ages at our beautiful, leafy campus in Egham, Surrey.

Plants are unique organisms that can directly synthesise their own food. This has enabled them to successfully colonise, adapt to and diversify into an estimated 250,000 species worldwide! Plants provide animals and humankind with food, as well as other essential commodities such as paper, medicine, chemicals, energy and landscapes to enjoy.

The day included talks from our world-leading plant scientists as well as the chance to visit our arboretum, meet our bee keepers and learn how to draw plants from local artist Kerry Lemon.


The talks

Why plants are important for us     Prof Lazlo Bogre

Why study plants in Tenerife?        Dr Brian Ferry

You can watch the talks here.


The events

Laboratory exercise led by Dr Enrique Lopez-Juez; what are genes for and where do they work?

Learn about seeds with our Seed Biology group led by Prof Gerhard Leubner.

Our artist in residence and the author of the book “Fearless Drawing” will get everybody to draw patterns on plants.

Plants and pollinators are tightly linked. Visit our beehive and learn about bees, their behaviour and dance with the group of Dr Elli Leadbeater.

A quick guide by Dr Brian Ferry on the Royal Holloway Herbarium, what herbariums are, how they are made and what they are good for.

Tour and picnic in the tranquillity of our arboretum.

Visit our state of the art research greenhouse.


About Royal Holloway

Royal Holloway has a rich tradition of research into plants. We hold the strongest research base on plant science in the London area with world-leading scientists working to help address global challenges such as food security and climate change. This builds on our heritage as a centre of excellence for Botany, dating back to our nineteenth-century origins. 


Useful links

Seed biology http://www.seedbiology.de/

Fearless drawing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyVlRn3ghMY

Dr Elli Leadbeater http://ellileadbeater.wixsite.com/insectcognition

Arboretum: https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/aboutus/ourcampus/the-arboretum/home.aspx  





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