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World Coming to FSU for Conference on Carnivorous Plants

From June 1 to 5, researchers and fans of Venus Flytraps, pitcher plants, sundews and other mysterious carnivorous plants will converge from all over the world at Frostburg State University for the Sixth Conference of the International Carnivorous Plant Society.

The five-day event will feature vendors selling a wide variety of the exotic plants, scientists presenting their research and field trips to view natural and cultivated plants. This marks the first time the conference has been held in the United States since it was in San Francisco in 2000. The last one was in Lyon, France.

For those who would just like to shop for an unusual houseplant or a book about caring for one, there is no charge to visit the vendors in the Compton Science Center's second floor atrium. They will be there on Friday, June 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4:50 to 6:30 p.m., and again on Saturday, June 3, from noon to 1 p.m. and again from 4:50 to 6:30 p.m.

Also on Friday, June 2, there are two educational workshops, "Carnivorous Plant Crafts and Activities" and "Carnivorous Bog Exploration Activities," and an art workshop on botanical art suitable for school-aged children through adult learners. Advance registration is required, and there is a fee for materials. In addition, single-day passes to the conference are available for those who are curious but don't want to commit to the whole series. Visit the conference Web site at for information and registration.

FSU Biology professor Dr. Hongqi Li, whose study of living carnivorous plants was sparked by his interest in similar plants found in 125 million-year-old fossils, will be co-chairing the conference with Dr. Doug Darnowski, a biology professor at Indiana University Southeast.

The International Carnivorous Plant Society is made up of horticulturists, conservationists, scientists and educators all interested in sharing knowledge and news of carnivorous plants. Founded more than 28 years ago as a club of those who cultivated carnivorous plans, the group has evolved a more scientific focus, including a professional journal and a network of horticulturists, and it has taken a larger role in calling for conservation.

For more information, visit the Web site at or contact Li at or 301-687-4168.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

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