Global Plant Council E-Bulletin January 2020
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E-Bulletin / 
January 2020

Welcome to our first 2020 newsletter on plant science🌿

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The United Nations has declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (#IYPH2020). IYPH2020 is a once in a lifetime opportunity to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development. 

At GPC we have launched a new section in our website devoted to IYPH2020 where you will find news connected with plant health from now on.

Are you organizing an IYPH2020 activity? Please tell us about it by emailing

Latest News / 
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This past month 19 new breaking news stories were posted on the GPC website including...

Plants might be helping each other more than thought Contrary to the long-held belief that plants in the natural world are always in competition, new research has found that in harsh environments mature plants help smaller ones – and thrive as a result.

Genetic patterns associated with plant immunity Biologist discovered that repeats in genetic patterns associated with plant immunity may cause the plant immune system to misbehave.

New Genetic Engineering Toolset Produces Better-Modified Plants Faster, Easier Researchers have developed a set of tools that make it faster and easier to modify large segments of DNA. The new tools are for use in a technique called recombineering.

Discovery Increases Chance of Improving Iron Content in Plants Researchers have discovered a gene that controls the regulation of iron uptake in plants.

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

Phenome 2020
24–27 February 2020. Tuczon, AZ, USA. 

09–12 March 2020. Mexico City, Mexico. 

International Symposium on Climate-Resilient Agri-Environmental Systems (IS-CRAES)
19–22 May 2020. Dublin, Ireland. 

45th New Phytologist Symposium: Ecological and evolutionary consequences of plant–fungal invasions
20 23 June 2020. Campinas Campinas, Brazil.

Plant Biology Europe 2020
29 June 2020–02 July 2020. Torino, Italy. 

Plant Biology 2020
25–28 July 2020. Washington, DC, USA. 

0407 October 2020. Santa Fe, Argentina.

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

Do you want to learn more about ECRi? Please get in touch by emailing

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. Some ongoing activities are:

Job hunting: 
Facebook and a Linkedin #plantscijobs groups with daily job offers. In Twitter we held a monthly #plantscijobs “storm”.

First "Twitterstorm" of the year will take place on the 31st January between 3 and 4 pm CEST.

Dissemination of results:
6 Ways to Spot a Predatory Journal by Rx Communication

Scientist Guide to Social Media by Association for the Sciences of Limnology & Oceanography (ASLO)

On the blog / 
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Would you like to contribute an article to the GPC's blog? Please get in touch! Email

Latest post:

Australian fires. Not the new normal by Ros Gleadow, President of Global Plant Council

Other posts:

Climate change: three ways to market the science to reach the sceptics by Robin McKenna

Fascination of Plants Day 2019 Success Stories Report by EPSO

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

Members / 

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