SHOW 575 .. 6th April 2019

                                                                                                                           NEW KNOWLEDGE ABOUT WOOD PROTECTION                                                                                                   
Slovenia is a land of forests, which cover nearly 60% of its surface area, making wood a significant natural resource. Therefore, it is of no great surprise that Slovenia’s research within the fields of wood and forestry places third in Europe. The Biotechnical Faculty in Ljubljana conducts testing of native species of wood and attempts to prolong their lifespan.                                                             
NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER PETRA DRAŠKOVIČ PELC                                                                   
A few years ago, Petra Draškovič Pelc, a doctor of biomedical science, decided to quit working as a scientific researcher and dedicate herself entirely to nature. She found her calling in natural photography and guiding nature tours, particularly in the wild and mysterious forests of Kočevsko, where she lives today.                           
PLANT SEED BANK                                                                                                                      
The environment changes quickly. Man’s interference in nature plays a large part in this process. As a result of these changes, numerous plant species are endangered. Seed banks are in charge of preserving bio-diversity. Since the 1970s, this task has been very successfully addressed by the Seed Bank of the ‘University Botanic Gardens Ljubljana’, while the Botanic Gardens have been trading seeds with other botanic gardens since as early as 1889.                                        
PAINTER RUDI ŠPANZEL                                                                                                                          
Painter Rudi Španzel is considered one of Slovenia’s best and most sought-after portrait artists. His works combine realism and thought provoking symbolism. He is particularly proud of one of his latest works, a triptych titled ‘The Dance of Life and Death’, which he dedicated to the victims of World War I.                                        
WORLD CLASS ALPINIST ALEŠ ČESEN                                                                                                                     
They say that the apple does not fall far from the tree. This is certainly true regarding the family of renowned alpinist Tomo Česen, both of whose sons are also alpinists. Of the two, Aleš is particularly successful, having won the most prestigious international Piolet d'Or, or 'Golden Ice Axe’, award.  Aleš earned his place in alpinist history again last year as part of a three-member Slovenian-English team, the first-ever to successfully climb Latok 1.           


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