veski supports IBC 2011

25 July

veski is proud to be supporting IBC2011.

Life on Earth depends on plants, algae and fungi. For humanity, all seven billion of us, they are the major source of food, clothing, shelter and medicine.

Our fossil fuels were formed by them. They clean our air and water, store carbon, and protect us from floods and drought. Our native flora and our gardens are a source of inspiration and enjoyment for many.

Society depends upon wise and responsible care of the botanical world around us. This week we’re talking plants – the foundation of life on Earth. The world’s botanists are in Melbourne for the XVIII International Botanical Congress, opening tonight, closing Saturday.

We’ll have stories on feeding the world, using eucalyptus to make fuels, using sunflowers as drug factories, putting nature reserves in the right place, and dozens of other yarns. We start with the challenge of feeding the world; dinosaur era flowers; an embargoed Nature story, and a set-back for Latin.

But first an introduction from Tim Entwisle and Anna Koltunow, the co-chairs of the science committee – who also wrote the introduction above. As botanical scientists we have a huge task ahead.

We must continue to discover and document the vast diversity of life, making sure we know what is out there. We need to find out how these plants, algae and fungi function so we can protect and use our plant biodiversity responsibly.

Only then can we use this information to improve living standards around the world and find ways to manage natural resources in the context of global change and environmental impacts. Only then can we save our plants and their habitats.

The scientific program in this XVIII International Botanical Congress reflects the breadth, depth and critical importance of plant science in the 21st century. The program is rich and varied. Topics range from detailed studies of Australian eucalypts to the future of the world’s rainforests, from testing traditional medicinal plants, and understanding how genes regulate plant function and growth, and enable plant cells to communicate, to developing crops to feed the world, and resolving the tree of life itself.

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