On May 16 from 10 AM – 5:00 PM discover why some plants are hairy. Visit the trichome exhibit at the Sustainability Fair in Huntington, WV! You will find FREE basil plants, a raffle for a Plants are Fascinating basket, and an interactive exhibit about hairy plants.
Did you know that plants have hairs called trichomes?
Trichomes produce the fragrance and aroma of basil. Trichomes deter chewing insects, caterpillars, and fungal infection. They also help prevent damage from frost, drought, and UV light. Trichomes appear clear but they contain chemicals that absorb UV light and some even fluoresce bright colors.
Visit the trichome exhibit to enjoy engaging and educational images, play a match-the-trichome-with-its-plant game, use a dissecting microscope for close-up views of fuzzy plants, and view a 3-D print-out of a mouse-ear cress (Arabidopsis) trichome.
Department of Biological Sciences
Huntington, WV 25755
The Sustainability Fair is sponsored, in part, by Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District and the Marshall University Sustainability Department. The poster content and images were inspired by student projects Marshall University.