The international “Fascination of Plants Day” was launched in 2012. It is held under the umbrella of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO). The goal of this initiative is to get as many people as possible around the world fascinated by plants and enthused about the importance of plant science for agriculture and sustainable production of nutritious food, as well as for horticulture, forestry and the production of plant based non-food products such as paper, timber, chemicals, energy and pharmaceuticals. The role of plants in environmental conservation is also a key message. The international “Fascination of Plants Day” has been adopted by 52 countries all over the world including Greece. This year the 6th international “Fascination of Plants Day” is launched on 18 May.
The Fascination of Plants
From one little seed, planted into soil, many green lives can arise – from small herbs up to big trees, or from ornamental flowers to substantial crops which all animals and mankind need to survive on this planet. Plants can produce sugarsby using only sunlight, carbon dioxide and water. This ability of plants to directly produce their food has allowed their successful distribution, adaptation and differentiation in almost every corner of the planet, with the total number of plant species roughly estimated to be about 250,000. Having these abilities, plants are the main producers of biomass providing humans and animals with food, paper, medicines, chemicals, energy and a pleasant environment.
Panagiota Gotsiou, Biologist MSc
Adamantia Kokkinaki, Biologist MSc
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