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Plant Power - Science Week, Festival of Farming & Food

Event Time 12.30pm
Venue National Botanic Gardens of Ireland Glasnevin, Dublin

‘Plant Power’ at The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland in Glasnevin is new to the Festival of Farming and Food - SFI Science Week at Teagasc this year. The OPW and the Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture are organising an interesting series of events for both school children and the general public. The Teagasc event theme is ‘the importance of plant breeding in sustainable food production’. Local food producers will showcase locally-grown sustainably-produced food. There will be interactive lab sessions looking at how biological control agents can be used to control plant pests in an environmentally-friendly way. Visitors will learn how salads can be produced out of season using trolley plant propagators. Visitors will also have a unique opportunity to visit the National Herbarium, which is not usually open to the general public, with its valuable collection of preserved plant specimens from around the world.

  • Introductory lecture by Dr. Matthew Jebb, Director, National Botanic Gardens, on the theme of plant breeding in food production
  • We will use interactive demonstrations by commercial food producers, showcasing locally grown sustainably-produced food
  • Interactive lab sessions looking at how biological control agents control plant pests in an environmentally friendly way, thereby reducing the reliance on chemical pesticides.
  • Trolley plant propagator to be used to demonstrate how out of season production of, e.g., salads can be satisfactorily achieved

The OPW will kindly facilitate tours of the Herbarium on the 13th November with its valuable collection of preserved plant specimens from around the world, co-ordinated by Dr Colin Kelliher and Dr Noeleen Smith.

In addition, the OPW will provide walking tours of the National Botanic Gardens throughout Science Week. Pre-booking is required for groups wishing to do these walking tours (Tel: 01 857 0909; 01 804 0319)

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