New Zealand
Success Story 2013

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As part of “Fascination of Plants Day”, staff, postdocs and postgraduate students from the Joint Graduate School in Plant and Food Science at The University of Auckland organised a “walk in” event aimed at introducing school students, teachers, parents and the general public to the amazing world of plants. Activities included: (1) guided tours of New Zealand native plants in Old Government House grounds; (2) interactive displays on types of fruit, fungi, vanilla (with free ice cream), plant in-vitro culture and insectivorous plants; (3) illustrated talks on Australian and New Zealand orchids and their pollinators, introduction and use of plants to New Zealand by Maori, plant diseases and plant biotechnology. Attendees ranged from primary school children to those of “advanced” age, many of them staying for the whole afternoon.