First-ever Plant Breeding Open Day a great success

25 November 2010

More than 230 visitors attended the inaugural Open Day for the University of Sydney's Plant Breeding Institute at Cobbitty on Friday 12 November. The Open Day marked the end of year-long Agriculture Centenary events hosted by the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

A mix of alumni and friends, the local community and business / industry partners took in a range of practical activities such as glasshouse and field tours, DNA workshops and a Ask A Scientist panel.

The crowd-pullers on the day were the Hot Topic Workshops which answered the big questions of the day such as sustainability, food security and climate change.

Local community stall holders included CWA Camden (refreshments), and Snake Tails (reptile education). The specially bred Centenary Daisy was a sell-out; and the Institute's other commercially-bred plants attracted keen amateur gardeners.

Special guests included the Mayor of Camden, Councillor Chris Patterson, who officially opened the event; and agriculture alumni ABC Gardening Australia's Angus Stewart, and Chris Russell, from ABC's New Inventors who participated in a panel discussion. The Mayor and Mr Russell got hands-on, alongside senior students from Macarthur Anglican School, at an Education Workshop. Other schools in attendance were Camden and Picton High Schools.

The Open Day will become an annual event.

Contact: Ms Skaidy Gulbis

Phone: 02 8627 1006

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