Introducing the Plant Doctor stand at the Bristol Festival of Nature!

03 Jun 2013

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BSPP Outreach team help children build deadliest plant pathogen

Following hot on the heels of our May event, we are now preparing our first Plant Doctor outreach stand at the Bristol Festival of Nature on the 14th – 16th June.

The Festival now in its 10th year, takes place on Bristol’s harbourside and attracts around 10,000 visitors. There is a schools day on the Friday, when 160 children will be visiting our stand!

We will be running the Plant Doctor stand in the University of Bristol marquee. Visitors will be asked to match up similar human and plant diseases, and identify the symptoms to work out if the diseases are fungal, bacterial or viral. There will be healthy and diseased plants to look at under the microscope.

We’ll also have lots of materials for making plant pathogens and prizes for those who can make the deadliest plant pathogen! We’ve already tested these activities at the Leafy Murder Mystery event in May and they went down a storm. Here’s a plant pathogen model a primary school student made showing fungal hyphae strands and spores.

All the resources we use on the stand will be available for BSPP members to use at similar outreach events. Once they are ready we’ll be adding them to the BSPP site, so watch this space!

Want to get involved?

We’re looking for BSPP members or other interested people, who’d like to help out at this exciting event! If you fancy helping the Plant Doctor stand or know anyone else who might be interested please email:

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