Fascination of Plants Day

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The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, United Kingdom
Organiser: events@linnean.org
+44 (0)20 7434 4479 EXT 211
Fascination of Plants May 2017
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LUNCHTIME LECTURE 12:30–13:00 Wednesday 10 May 2017

In association with the Royal Society of Biology.

Fascination of Plants Day which takes place on 18 May, is a worldwide initiative of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO) and Global Plant Council (GPC). This coordinated activity aims to plant virtual and constantly germinating seeds in the collective mind of people recalling that plant science is of critical significance to social, environmental and economic issues on our Earth today and in future. 

Apothecary
Image by France 3470, via Wikimedia Commons

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. Biologists estimate the total number of plant species to be about 250,000. Plants are the primary producers of biomass providing animals and mankind with food, feed, fiber, medicine, chemicals, energy, purified air and an enjoyable landscape. 

Monique Simmonds FLS, Deputy Director of Science, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, researches the traditional and economic uses of plants and fungi, their potential as cosmetic, novel food, pharmaceutical and agrochemical leads, and as sources of sustainably-harvested products.


  • This event is free and open to all.
  • Registration is not necessary. Seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Tea and coffee will be served in the Library following the event.