By the middle of the century there will be almost 10 billion people on Earth – an awful lot of mouths to feed, especially when a warming climate makes agriculture more challenging. Scientists may save the day by helping crop species adapt and thrive as growing conditions change.
The Australian Society of Plant Scientists is organising visits to laboratories and field sites across the country. Through talks, displays and demonstrations they give rare insight into the challenges faced by farmers, and how food scientists are working to help.
Come to visit the University of Melbourne during National Science Week, where you can hear about why Plant Science is important.
You can meet some of our young Plant Scientists and learn about some of the research happening on campus which can contribute to improving both the quality and quantity of food we can grow in Australian and around the world. You can also join tours to see some of our research facilities, including Glasshouses were we grow a range of plants for our research, the Herbarium which holds a century-old collection of important plant specimens and the Microscopy Facility to see plant biology close-up.