Friday on #BotanyLive

Yesterday caught me by surprise. Keyhole.co is reporting over eight hundred thousand accounts have been exposed to the #BotanyLive tag. Before we get carried away, I don’t think anyone sees everything in their Twitter stream, but we know there’s certainly an audience of thousands. How do we know?

Congratulations to everyone Manchester Herbarium for getting a featured broadcast on Periscope!

PDT (Los Angeles, Vancouver) = UTC -7
MDT (Denver, Edmonton) = UTC -6
CDT (Chicago, Winnipeg) = UTC -5
EDT (New York, Montréal) = UTC -4
ADT/BRT (Halifax, Brasília) = UTC -3
BST/WEST (UK, Portugal) = UTC +1
CEST (France, Italy) = UTC +2
IST (India) = UTC +5h30m
AWST/CST (Perth, China) = UTC +8
JST (Tokyo) = UTC +9
AEST (Melbourne, Sydney) = UTC +10

Today there are fewer streams, but still plenty to see. Scheduled today (all times in UTC)

1000 The oldest botanic garden tells its history

1230 Growing a Loaf (and other Primary School Botany)
Dr Sarah Bearchell & Garsington CE Primary School explain how they do botany in their Primary School.

1600 Plant roots and fungi: A relationship for the ages
Penelope Lindsay and Keith Hannon discuss how a better understanding of the symbiotic relationship between fungi in the soil and plant roots could have a major impact on the future of our food supply and potentially reduce our dependency on water-polluting fertilizers.

1630 Ferntastic research of Fay-Wei Li
Fay-Wei Li fell in love with ferns as a boy living in Taiwan. Even during his year as a tank commander, he never lost sight of his passion. He’ll share with you that passion for ferns, why ferns are so important, and how they led to him being featured in Rollingstone magazine.

1800 Exploring Maize with Dr. Erich Grotewold
The Center for Applied Plant Sciences will go live from the greenhouse in the Biotech Support Facility at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Erich Grotewold will discuss his lab’s work to improve the nutritional value of maize.

1940 Argentinian Plant Women Scientists (en Español / in Spanish)
Gabriela Auge asks what do Women Plant Scientists in Argentina do? What do they love about plants?

But anyone can take part by using the Periscope livestreaming app and the #BotanyLive Hashtag. If you don’t want to livestream there are still plenty of ways to celebrate #PlantDay. Check out the Fascination of Plants website for an event near you.