Historias exitosas 2014

Argentina participó en la
“Día Internacional de la Fascinación por las Plantas 2012"
y en 2013 Historias exitosas
Día de la fascinación por las plantas
Success Story 2014 Historias exitosas
Success Story 2015 Historias exitosas
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The 'Fascination of Plants Day' Success Story / Dia de la Celebracion de las Plantas

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Argentina celebrated the Fascination of Plants Day 2014 in two cities: Córdoba and La Plata.

In Córdoba FOPD was celebrated on May 9, with multiple activities all over the city. They were coordinated by Melina Mena (social communicator), Edith Taleisnik, Alicia Sérsic and Jimena Nores, Matías Baranzelli, Damián Cambiagno and Federico Sazatornil (plant scientists), and carried out by people from the National University of Córdoba (IMBIV- CONICET, Botanical Museum, Plant Physiology Laboratory and Entomology Laboratory of the School of Biology, and Plant Science Laboratory of the School of Chemistry), the National Institute for Agricultural Technology (INTA, CIAP), the National Academy of Sciences, the Catholic University of Córdoba, the España-Córdoba Cultural Center and the Botanical Garden.

The Buen Pastor Chapel, a cultural center, hosted nineteen stands with exhibitions, interactive demonstrations, educative recreational activities and a photography contest. Students of all ages enjoyed the day, acting as pollinators, understanding electron transfer chain in photosynthesis, engaging in games to identify mutants and signal transduction chains, and many other fascinating activities. Pastries and beverages made of “algarrobo” (Prosopis) were among many other attractions. The photography contest received many contributions on plants and the environment, and winners received beautiful books as prizes.

The National Academy of Sciences opened its doors for a debate on trangenic plants and for lectures throughout the day. The Botanical Museum gave guided tours and offered a scientific drawing workshop. CONICET Córdoba, the local branch of the National Research Council, offered its auditorium for lectures on native forests, followed by a visit to a newly established forest of native plants. The Catholic University offered tours through their botanical garden, lectures and exhibitions of native plants and their products. Insecticides and pesticides focused great attention. The closing of the wonderful day was an art disply held at the España-Córdoba Cultural Center.

Over 1100 students from 30 schools attended activities in Córdoba , including both elementary, high schools, and one kinder garden, in addition to general public. For more information, please see:

In La Plata activities were held on May 17. Visitors were welcomed at INFIVE (Institute for Plant Physiology). High school students attended lab experiences and demonstrations. Schoolchildren of all ages transplanted lettuce plants and received instruction on plant care and feeding. They were delighted with a guided tour through the Botanical Gardens. There was an open lecture about the importance of plants in our nutrition and modern lifestyle, and the need for agricultural sustainability. This event was an excellent opportunity to emphasize the importance of plants in our daily lives, and at the same time to show part of our research work.

Lectures and workshops were offered by all plant scientists from INFIVE, La Plata, as shown below.

Studying plants. Boring or exciting? Juan J. Guiamet

Growing plants without soil. Marcela Ruscitti, Cecilia Arango, Olga Peluso.

The plant ́s biography. Mariana Antonietta, Corina Graciano, M. Luján Maydup, M. Emilia Rodríguez, Inés Troncozo, Alejandra Bárcena, Analía Martínez

Why eating fruits and vegetables is so healthy? Marcos Civello, Mauro Perini, Ignacio Sin, Eugenia Gómez Lobato

If our plants feed better, we feed better too. Corina Graciano, Mariana Antonietta, M. Luján Maydup, M. Emilia Rodríguez, Inés Troncozo

Introducing plant world to young botanists. José Vera Bahima, Alejandra Bárcena

Glowing cell structures. Diego Fanello, Marcela Simontacchi, Cristian Carrión, Diana Lauff

To transpire or to photosyntetize? That is the question. Eduardo Tambussi, Dana Martínez, Santiago Martínez, M. Luján Maydup

The colors we eat. M. Lorenza Costa, M. Eugenia Senn, Mariela Bayardo, Alicia Corrons, Nadia Rolny

Orchids. Parasites or epiphytes? Graciela Pastorino, Laura Wahnan