Global Plant Council E-Bulletin May 2016
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May 2016

Welcome to the May edition of your Global Plant Council e-bulletin, which contains a round-up of highlights from the plant science community around the world in the last month.

We are excited to say that the Spanish Society for Plant Physiology (Sociedad Española de Fisiología Vegetal; SEFV) has recently joined the GPC as a Member Society, so ¡hola! to all our new members! 

As well as Society Members, we now also accept 'Affiliate' research institutions and organizations to join the Global Plant Council. We are delighted to welcome The Center for Plant Aging Research at the Institute for Basic Science in South Korea, and the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology in Golm, Germany, as our first two Affiliate Members.

If you would like to know more about becoming a Society Member or an Affiliate Member of the GPC, please get in touch with us

Latest News / 
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This month 62 new breaking news stories were posted on the GPC website including...

From New Phytologist: The 37th New Phytologist Symposium: Plant developmental evolution
Sarah Lennon, New Phytologist's Managing Editor, provides an overview of this recent plant 'evo-devo' symposium, held in Beijing, China, 15–19th May 2016. 

In Nature Plants: Mechanism discovered for plants to regulate their flowering in a warming world
Researchers from Australia's Monash University have discovered a new mechanism that enables plants to regulate their flowering in response to raised temperatures.

From Journal of Experimental Botany: Latest thinking on photorespiration for crop improvement
The Journal of Experimental Botany delves deep into "the photorespiration problem" with a new Special Issue featuring in depth reviews, opinion pieces and original research. 

From the GPC Community...
Strengthening the cooperation between Argentinian and German plant science for phenotyping and bioeconomy
Roland Pieruschka provides an update on links between the Latin-American Plant Phenotyping Network and its European counterparts. 

Events / 
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Scandinavian Plant Physiology Society PhD Student Conference
21–23 June 2016. Oslo, Norway. 

EPSO/FESPB Plant Biology Europe 2016
26–30 June 2016. Prague, Czech Republic. 

International Conference on Arabidopsis Research 2016
29 June–3 July 2016. Gyeongju, Korea. 

Society for Experimental Biology Annual Main Meeting
4–7 July 2016. Brighton, UK. 

ASPB Plant Biology 2016
9–13 July 2016. Austin, Texas, USA

Reports /

Lots of 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'.

Lots of new reports were published this month - here are a few but don't forget to check out the Reports section of our Resources page for more! 

Growing Food for Growing Cities: Transforming Food Systems in an Urbanizing World
This report by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs highlights the problems of feeding a growing – and increasingly urbanized – human population, and makes recommendations for strategies that could help. 

The State of the World's Plants
The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew (London, UK) has released the first ever global assessment of current knowledge on the diversity of plants on earth, the threats these plants face, and the effectiveness of policies to deal with these threats. 

Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects
A detailed and extensive study carried out by the US National Academy of Sciences reports that GM crops are safe to eat, and that new technologies in genetic engineering and conventional plant breeding are blurring the once clear distinctions between these two crop improvement approaches.

Funding Opportunities /

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Calls for several funding opportunities have been made in the past few weeks - this article on our website gives you a bit of information about some of these: Global Challenges Research Fund, Newton Fund Agri-Food Competition, Agri-Innovation Den, Validation of diagnostic tools for animal and plant health (Horizon 2020), BBSRC LINK funding and Industrial Partnership Awards, Hello Tomorrow Challenge, and African Union Research Grants.

Read this article to find out more about the Innovation Challenge for Cassava. 

There is no monetary prize for this one, but the FAO's World Food Day Poster and Video Contest looks like a fantastic opportunity to engage children and young people on the subjects of climate change and sustainable agriculture and food production!

Finally, congratulations to the 15 recipients of an ASPB Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) to support them during a 10-week plant science summer project – a fantastic opportunity for the next generation of plant scientists!

On the blog / 
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Choosing your growth media for plant science
In light of a new paper from the University of Bristol, Sarah Jose reports on the effects that growth media can have on Arabidopsis. 

Underutilized crops and insects replace fishmeal in aquaculture feed
In a guest post from scientists with the FishPLUS project, Crops for the Future discuss efforts to improve the sustainability of fish farming using fishmeal made from insect larvae that are fed on underutilized crops. 

Round-up of Fascination of Plants Day 2016
May 22nd was International Fascination of Plants Day - Sarah Jose provides a social media-round-up in case you missed it! 

The flower breeders who sold X-ray lilies and atomic marigolds
This repost from The Conversation magazine discusses the science behind some of the more unusual flowers you might find on display at this year's Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower Show. 

Members / 

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Please contact Ruth Bastow ( to find out how your organization can join the Global Plant Council. 

The GPC is a coalition of plant and crop science societies and affiliates 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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