Get involved

The International Year of Plant Health is a great way for us all to celebrate everything about plants.

In 2020 the International Year of Plant Health is being celebrated around Australia.

We invite you to get involved in the year!

  • Host an event. It could be a field day, garden show or garden competition.
  • Send us your Plant Health Story.

Get creative:

 Enter plant health themed photo contests

Enter plant health themed photo contests

Whether you’re a professional or an amateur, the FAO is calling for your support to photograph healthy and unhealthy plants.

You can win a trip to a plant health event or a photo mission.

Winning photos will be showcased online and exhibited at FAO headquarters and at events around the world.

Join the photo contest

Plant pathology photo competition

The South Australian branch of the Australasian Plant Pathology Society is running a photo competition to promote plant pathology in the International Year of Plant Health.

They are looking for images images of plant pathogens and the damage they create on their host plants. Your image can be from microscopic or macroscopic studies, taken in the lab or field as long as it highlights a plant pathogen.

The competition will be judged and prizes awarded at the annual University of Adelaide Waite Research Institute Research Showcase 2020.

Entries close 5pm Friday 30 October 2020.

More information about the competition and how to participate is available here.

Plant Health TV: Research that helps Plant Health

Win a trip to the International Plant Health Conference ‘Protecting Plant Health in a changing world’ in Helsinki, Finland, 5-8 October 2020.

Interested scientists are invited to submit a short video (less than three minutes) related to research that is conducted on plant health.

The purpose of this video competition is to:

  • increase the visibility of plant health research activities and raise awareness among non-scientific communities
  • celebrate the work and dedication of scientists
  • bring together people and organisations from different countries.

Applicants must submit the required material by the 1 July 2020 at 11:59 pm GMT.

More information on the contest and how to participate is available here.

 Enter the Plant Heath TV competition now

Enter the Plant Heath TV competition now

Wanted: Plant health stories

If you have a story linked to plant health we’d like you to send it to us for publication on this site.

We would like stories that show:

  • someone who has contributed to plant health (a farmer, public or private sector employee, student, etc.)
  • the damage caused by plant pests and diseases – to help people understand the gravity of these problems and, where possible, to show what actions can be taken to address them
  • how plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, or boost economic development. Your story could be about a farmer, a teacher, or someone who works in the private sector.

Examples of the type of thing we are after are in the Stories section of this site.

Share your story by sending us a message via the form on this page.