Global Plant Council E-Bulletin July 2019
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E-Bulletin / 
July 2019


Welcome to another month of plant science!

#PlanSciART winners announcement
The 3 winners of our #PlantSciART competition in partnership with “Plants, People and Planet”  have been announce! Their winning contributions below these lines. Please, check their names and all 28 contributions here.

Latest News / 
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This past month 18 new breaking news stories were posted on the GPC website including...

Essential tool for precision farming: new method for photochemical reflectance index measurement
ScientistS have proved the possibility of using yellow-green light pulses to measure the photochemical reflectance index and to estimate the amount of light stress in agricultural plants, a new potential tool for precision farming.

Plants and the art of microbial maintenance
It’s been known for centuries that plants produce a diverse array of medically-valuable chemicals in their roots. The benefits for human health are clear, but it’s been less apparent how and why plants expend 20 percent of their energy building these exotic chemicals. Is it for defence? Is it waste? What is it for? A new study has shed new light on this fundamental question of plant specialised metabolism.
  A grape variety, still used in wine production in France today, can be traced back 900 years to just one ancestral plant, scientists have discovered.With the help of an extensive genetic database of modern grapevines, researchers were able to test and compare 28 archaeological seeds from French sites dating back to the Iron Age, Roman era, and medieval period

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

Communicating Innovation in Plant Science
7 — 10 July 2019. Guelph - Ontario - Canada

18th Insternation Workshop on plant membrane biology
7 — 12 July 2019. Glasgow - Scotland

Plant Biology 2019
3 — 8 August 2019. San Jose - California - USA

Determinants of tropical vegetation structure and function
7 — 9 August 2019. Accra - Ghana

ECRi / The GPC Early Career Researcher (ECR) Insternational Network

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ECRi is a collection of activities addressed to help the ECRs with 4 essential matters: job hunting, grant funding, dissemination of research results and networking. Ongoing activities are:

Job hunting:  A Facebook group (almost 800 members by now) , linked to the GPC Facebook page was  created, in order to post daily job offers related to plant science. Meanwhile in Twitter we continue to held a monthly #plantscijobs “storm”:  during one-hour, we published job offers, tipically over 100, using the hashtag #plantscijobs. Want to join? Next Twitterstorm will take place on the 26th July between 3 and 4 pm CEST.

Dissemination of results: the first GPC devoted workshop on dissemination "Communicating your science to the broader community" was held on the 19th June in Wuhan (China) in the frame of ICAR2019 jointly with with Geraint Parry (Garnet) and Mary Williams (ASPB).

The latest on the ECRi network will be published in the GPC blog here. Additionally, we are setting set up a mailing list where ECRs can sign-in to get the latest updates.

On the blog / 
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Latest post:
Can agricultural initiatives deliver wins for the health of the planet and its population? by W.J Davies (Lancaster University) and Jianbo Shen (China Agricultural University)

Further readings:
Getting heard: impactful knowledge exchange by Ros Gleadow (Monash University)

Interdisciplinary Science Communication Experiences in China by Shannon K. King, Jon T. Stemmle, Robert E. Sharp (University of Missouri)

State of the art research meets breeding for wheat’s future by  Matthew Reynolds (CIMMYT)

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