On 18 may, we celebrate the Holy Plant that helps us throughout our life to preserve the environment, the health of the Planet, agriculture and the sustainability of food production. We try to explain as well, with a name day of a nearly religious nature, the international day of Fascination of Plants Day 2019 (FoPD 2019) that was born under the auspices of the European Plant Science Organization (EPSO) and involves scientists from around the world engaged in the study of plants.
During the month of may in more than 70 cities in italy, including Matera, the European Capital of Culture 2019, are scheduled more than 170 events organized by universities, research institutions, botanical gardens, museums, and nurseries open their doors to tell of the wonders of the vegetable world, and new applications of that science in the field of vegetable can offer.
The inauguration of the Fascination of Plants Day in 2019, now in its fifth edition, will take place at theBotanical garden of Turin may 18, during the exhibition , HotHouse #1 Les Doigts En Fleur artist Marina Cavadini and curated by Giovanna Repetto.
The exhibition includes a display of a group of performers among the plants of the botanical garden of Turin in search of new forms of communication.
The approach is interdisciplinary and experimental artist lends itself to start a dialogue between the project and the context of the botanical gardens: the his practice so for the occasion, an interaction with both the plant species with both the architectural elements of the greenhouses on the site.
For this edition of Fascination of Plants Day 2019 the co-ordination of initiatives at the national level has been entrusted to Valeria Bianciotto (Institute for the Sustainable Protection of Plants, national research council) and Luisa Lanfranco (Department of Life Sciences and Systems Biology, Università degli Studi di Torino), who have collaborated to the realization of the Rhizosphere – the life sottoterrestre by Vincenzo Guarnieri (Frame) and auroraMeccanica that will be set up in the framework of the Food&Science Mantova Festival (17-19 May 2019).
The exhibition highlights how the life-forms of the subsoil contribute to the growth and productivity of plants.
The National Research Council, in addition to coordination, as each year it plays a role of first floor with 32 events in heterogeneous organized around the national territory from 7 Institutions – IPSP, ISPA, ISAFOM, IBBA, IBBR, ISPAAM, IBIMET – and by the Dipartimento di Scienze Bio-Agroalimentari (Disba).
Among the initiatives he mentions in particular the following.
May 18, 2019 Matera: the 5th edition of the Fascination of Plants Day will be celebrated in a one-day event, which will propose the contents in the prestigious setting of the European Capital of Culture 2019.
The event will be organized by the Institute for the Sustainable Protection of Plants (IPSP), together with other Organizations and Associations of the territory.
The day will be organized at the ex-Hospital of San Rocco, Via San Biagio Matera. To involve the citizenship, with particular attention to the students, but will also be open to the many tourists and curious.
It will be structured around a framework of both scientific and informative, both artistic and cultural, presented together, to attract the attention of non-experts through the fertile marriage between Science and Culture.
May 17, at the headquarters of the CNR in piazzale Aldo Moro will take place in the event-show the Plants in the scene, where the research meets the art, theater, and music, to make known to the public, especially young people, the hidden world and most fascinating of plants, through a show of original and engaging, using an emotional language to describe the wonder of science.
Lights, colors, smells and movements: these are aspects and characteristics of the plants, at times not perceptible, which are increasingly at the centre of scientific research aimed at the study of the relationship between the plants and the environment and the man and the environment.
Always the 17th of may, a lab activity for groups of school children, held by the researchers of the IBBA, Milan, you’ll discover what traces of the flowers visited by the bees are trapped in the matrix of granulated sugar.
An investigation with the microscope will find out if the botanical origin (chestnut, rhododendron, eucalyptus…) that we find on the labels of the honey is correct and how the DNA can then be used to confirm the recognition through an appropriate molecular analysis.
The national website of the event reports the events organized in the Italian territory by all authorities, institutions, private individuals who have joined the event. On an international web site, you can find the events that will take place all over the world.