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E-Bulletin / 
January* 2016

Each month the Global Plant Council (GPC) brings you a round-up of the latest news, events, reports and funding opportunities from our members and the wider community.

Latest News / 
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If you have news you would like us to share on our website, please contact lisa@globalplantcouncil.org 

This month 61 new breaking news stories were posted on the GPC website including...

In Nature Plants: Scientists discover how arsenic builds up in plant seeds
Researchers from the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at the Florida International University (USA) are part of an international team that has identified how arsenic builds up in the seeds of plants similar to rice. The discovery holds the promise of the future development of healthier rice grains.

International lentil genome sequencing effort underway
Researchers from the University of Saskatchewan Canada have released a draft lentil genome assembly that will help develop new understanding and commercial applications of this ancient crop.­­

Serendipitous orchid: An unexpected discovery
A new elegant orchid species that grows on rocks in deciduous forests of the Pacific slope of Oaxaca state, Mexico, has finally put an end to a long standing dispute among taxonomists.

Call for nominations: ASA, CSSA & SSSA awards 
The American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America invite nominations for their 2016 awards and scholarships.

Events / 
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If you have a conference, meeting, workshop, training course or other event coming up, we can include it in our Events calendar! Please email lisa@globalplantcouncil.org

Research Data Alliance 7th Plenary Meeting
01–03 February 2016. Toyko, Japan. 

Science Forum 2016 - Agricultural research for rural prosperity: Rethinking the Pathways
12–14 April 2016. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

UK PlantSci 2016: Plants in a changing world
11–12 April 2016. Norwich, UK.

Funding Opportunities /

Spotted a funding opportunity we've missed? Please tell us about it by emailing lisa@globalplantcouncil.org

This month we found some new funding opportunities, including the Royal Society International Exchange Scheme to stimulate new collaborations, Newton Mobility Grants for international researchers to undertake short visits to the UK, the Thought for Food Initiative from the Agropolis Foundation and the Young Investigator grants from the Human Frontier Science Programme.
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On the blog / 
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Would you like to contribute an article to the GPC's blog? Please get in touch! Email lisa@globalplantcouncil.org

New Year, New Executive Board
Although they have been in post since the end of last year, this post introduces the current elected executive board  of Barry Pogson, Ariel Orellana, Vicky Buchanan-Wollaston, Carl Douglas and Yusuke Saijo
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Creating stress resilient agricultural systems: Video Interviews
Back in October the GPC in collaboration with SEB hosted a Stress Resilience Forum in Brazil. During this event GPC New Media Fellows Sarah and Amelia interviewed a number of researchers and compilation of those interviews is available in this post
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Connecting Plant Science Researchers, Entrepreneurs, and Industry Professionals 
This blog post provided by Amanda Gregoris and R. Glen Uhrig and who organized a workshop entitled “Lab Bench to Boardroom” at the Botany 2015 meeting in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada to engage graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to consider the science behind biotechnology.
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Members / 

Click here for details of the GPC Member Organizations and representatives. 

Please contact Ruth Bastow (ruth@globalplantcouncil.org) to find out how your organization can join the Global Plant Council. 

The GPC is a coalition of plant and crop science societies from across the globe. The GPC seeks to bring plant scientists together to work synergistically toward solving the pressing problems we face.
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