Global Plant Council E-Bulletin February 2016
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February 2016

Welcome to your monthly e-Bulletin from the Global Plant Council! As usual, this newsletter provides an overview of some of the new and fascinating plant science going on around the world, as well as details of new reports, funding opportunities, events and other information we thought you might find useful. 

Don't forget to check out our website, blog and social media channels for even more content, and if you have any questions, comments or feedback for us then please send us an email!

Latest News / 
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This month 58 new breaking news stories were posted on the GPC website including...

In Nature Plants: Ancient flowering plant was beautiful, but probably poisonous
Researchers have announced the discovery of the first-ever fossil specimens of an "asterid" – a family of flowering plants that gave us everything from the potato to tomatoes, tobacco, petunias and our morning cup of coffee.

In New Phytologist: Study documents drought's impact on redwood forest ferns
A comprehensive study of water relations in native ferns, conducted during one of the worst droughts in California's recent history, shows that extreme conditions have tested the limits of drought tolerance in these plants.

High resolution insights into how roots grow
Researchers in Frankfurt have used a high-tech optical microscope and computer simulation analysis to conclude that, in Arabidopsis, root shape is determined by a combination of genetic predisposition and the self-organization of cells.

A new role for vitamin B6 in plants
Researchers from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, have discovered an unexpected role for the micronutrient vitamin B6, in relation to nitrogen metabolism. 

Finding the best seeds to meet Africa's needs
A new coordinated soybean variety evaluation program is underway that will give African growers more and better seed options.

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

Plant Reproduction 2016: 24th International Congress on Sexual Plant Reproduction
18–23 March 2016. Tucson, Arizona, USA. 

UK Plant Sciences Federation Conference: PlantSci 2016 – Plants in a changing world: molecule to ecosystem
11–12 April 2016. Norwich, UK.

International Conference on Pulses for Health, Nutrition and Sustainable Agriculture in Drylands
13–15 April 2016. Rabat, Morocco.

Reports /

New reports, and an archive of useful documents from the last few years, are available on our website. Head to the Resources page and click 'Reports'.

BREXIT and Agriculture (PDF)
Ahead of a referendum in June 2016, this report by the UK's Farmer–Scientist Network discusses the potential impact on agriculture of Great Britain's exit ("BREXIT") from the European Union.

Funding Opportunities /

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This month we found some new funding opportunities, including the David Miller Travel Bursary Award for young plant scientists or horticulturalists from the UK and Ireland, travel and conference funding from the Australian Academy of Science Research, and the Bayer Foundation International Fellowship Program.
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Congratulations also to Detlef Weigel, who has been awarded the 2016 GSA Medal of the Genetics Society of America

On the blog / 
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Flowers of the Global Plant Council
Following on from December's GigaScience post about sequencing the genome of Hong Kong's national flower, Amelia Frizell-Armitage takes a look at some of the other national plants of our member organizations' home countries. 

Integrated Pest Management Systems
What is integrated pest management (IPM), and how is it achieved? All is explained in this GPC blog post. 

Plant Artificial Chromosome Technology
Could artificial chromosome technology transform plant genetic engineering? Find out more about this emerging technology. 

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