The Power of Plants event was held on Monday, May 18 in the Riverside East building and was part of the third international ‘Fascination of Plants Day’ co-ordinated by the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO).
The event (trailed here) was designed to get as many people as possible interested in plants and enthused about the importance of plant science for agriculture and in producing food in a sustainable fashion.
The role of plants in environmental conservation was highlighted as well as how plant science is used in horticulture, forestry, and non-food products such as paper, timber, chemicals, energy, and pharmaceuticals.
Similar events were held around the world on the day with participants taking part from across the globe, including in North and South America, Africa, Europe, Asia and Australasia.
Dr Morag McFadyen, from the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences, worked with Dr Myra Mackenzie and other colleagues to organise the open day.
Morag said: “The event was a big success and we had a large number of visitors to the stands throughout the day. Many were genuinely surprised by the many different applications plants have for medical and research purposes.
“We are proud to play our part for Fascination of Plants Day at RGU and it was great to meet many students, staff and members of the public and talk with them about the role plant products play in all of our lives.”
The day focused on the power of plants using a range of activities including extracting DNA from strawberries.
The ‘What’s that smell?’ stand, highlighted aromatic compounds, spices, and the properties, history and origins of some of our most common culinary herbs and spices placing their origins onto a global map.
The plants as novel antimicrobial stand explored how the compounds which give culinary herbs their smell may provide future drugs for treating bacterial infections.
For more information about Fascination of Plants Day 2015, please visit their website