Global Plant Council E-Bulletin July 2021

E-Bulletin / 
July 2021


Dear plant science enthusiast,

Welcome to our July 2021 newsletter on plant science!

This past month we shared 20 plant science-related breaking stories and 2 blog posts. Find below a selection of those, along open calls for papers, and other useful information.

Events. By the time I'm writting these lines we have 28 events in our calendar, including our next 3 webinars with Oula GhannoumPhilipp von Gillhaussen and Raquel Sánchez Pérez and our policy panel at the RAFV conference in september.

#PlantSciStory2021 competition announcement. Meet the winner stories here!


Reminder. In March we started a new activity together with Frontiers in Plant Science. Check it out in the call for papers section.

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In May, 20 new breaking plant science related news stories were posted on the GPC website including...

The legume family tree: massive molecular study uncovers clues to the evolution and diversification of essential plant family
The most comprehensive study of the family tree for legumes, the plant family that includes beans, soybeans, peanuts, and many other economically important crop plants, reveals a history of whole-genome duplications. The study also helps to uncover the evolution of genes involved in nitrogen fixation.

Scientists uncover how resistance proteins protect plants from pathogens
In plants, disease resistance proteins serve as major immune receptors that sense pathogens and pests and trigger robust defense responses. Scientists previously found that one such disease resistance protein, ZAR1, is transformed into a highly ordered protein complex called a resistosome upon detection of invading pathogens, providing the first clue as to how plant disease resistance proteins work. Precisely how a resistosome activates plant defenses, however, has been unclear.

How plant hormones control root growth
Plant roots can grow without limit. To do so, they need to balance the production of new cells via cell division and elongation. Plant hormones known as brassinosteroids play a key role in this balancing act. New work unravels how brassinosteroid production is localized in plant roots for optimal growth patterns.

Scientists identify protein that activates plant response to nitrogen deficiency
Nitrates are critical for the growth of plants, so plants have evolved sophisticated mechanisms to ensure sufficient nitrate uptake from their environments. In a new study, researchers have identified a plant enzyme that is key to activating a nitrate uptake mechanism in response to nitrogen starvation. This finding explains how plants meet their needs in challenging environments, opening doors to improving agriculture in such environments.


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On the blog / 
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Latest post: Meet the winner stories of the #PlantSciStory2021 competition!

The Global Plant Council Statement for 2021-2022 by The Global Plant Council

Small Millets – for Food and Nutritional Security by Nandan Tayade

DivSeek International Network Launches New Strategy to Improve Generation and Sharing of Information about Global Plant Genetic Resources by Divseek

Plant scientists need to urgently reconcile their open access needs with the benefit-sharing rights associated with plant material by Ros Gleadow, Brad Sherman and Robert Henry

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

ECRi /

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.

The latest on the ECRi network is published in the GPC website here. Additionally, sign-up to our bi-monthly ECRi newsletter.

Job hunting:  We post daily opportunities on our Facebook and Linkedin groups. Next #plantscijobs Twitterstorm will take place on the 25th June between 3 and 4 pm CET.

Upcoming Webinars by The Global Plant Council

Where should I send my paper? How to choose where to publish your results
Wed, 8 September 2021, 9:00 - 10:00 CEST. Online. In English.

International Plant Phenotyping Network (IPPN)
Wed, 6 October 2021, 16:00 – 17:00 CEST. Online. In English.

Un dulce final: aplicación de la biotecnología en la mejora del almendro
Wed, 10 November 2021, 16:00 – 17:00 CET. Online. In Spanish.

Check for upcoming webinars here.

We are accepting guest posts!! 🤓

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We have reviewed all of the following, but please, make sure to confirm with the event organizers.

Currently, 28 events are published in our events calendar.

Plant Biology 2021 Worldwide Summit
19 - 23 July 2021. Online.

SEB Careers Week 2021
26 - 30 July 2021. Online.

The Plant Environmental Physiology Group Workshop 2021
5-11 September 2021. Online.

GPC webinar: Where should I send my paper? How to choose where to publish your results
8 September 2021. Online.

2nd Cologne Conference on Food for Future 2021
13-14 September. Online.

RAFV CONFERENCE 2021 – XXXIII Argentinian meeting of Plant Physiology
13-17 September. Online.

Policy event: Will the Nagoya protocol change the how we deal with digital sequence information in plant research? Research and Law perspectives
13 September. Online.

2nd International Agrobiodiversity Congress – Agrobiodiversity for food system transformation
4-7 October 2021. Online.

GPC webinar: International Plant Phenotyping Network (IPPN)
6 October 2021. Online.

GPC webinar: Un dulce final: aplicación de la biotecnología en la mejora del almendro
10 November 2021. Online. In Spanish.


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

Calls for papers /


Frontiers in Plant Science teams up with The Global Plant Council - Frontiers Research Topics: defined, managed and led by researchers. Click on the banner below for details and to submit your interest form.

Special Issue. Zygotic and non-zygotic embryogenesis: evolutionary, developmental and practicas aspects in Frontiers in Plant Science.
This Research Topic is dedicated to the most recent advances on zygotic and non-zygotic embryogenesis, both from a practical and a fundamental perspective. Original research, review and mini review manuscripts around biotechnological applications of non-zygotic embryogenesis, such as cloning, haploid production, plant genetic transformation and cryopreservation, among others, are welcomed. Manuscripts dealing with the more recent advances on fundamental research on plant embryogenesis such as functional genomics, transcriptomics, and proteomics analysis are also encouraged to be submitted, as are those concerning the role of epigenetics on embryo formation and development. Submission deadline: 31 August 2021

Research topic. The Phyllosphere Microbiome in Frontiers in Plant Science.
The phyllosphere refers to all aboveground compartments of a plant, including stems, leaves, flowers, and fruits. It is the largest biological surface on Earth and an important habitat for microbial colonizers. This research topic aims to collect a broad spectrum of contributions that address the phyllosphere microbiome from different perspectives. The overall aims are to i) expand our knowledge related to microbial diversity in the phyllosphere, ii) deepen mechanistic insights into the function of phyllosphere microbiota, and iii) identify potential applications for such microorganisms in agriculture and beyond.
Submission deadline: 30 November 2021


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Funding and Grant Opportunities/

- European Research Council Grant Calls for 2021 and 2022 are now public. Briefly:

  • ERC Advanced Grant. These grants are for active researchers with a track-record of significant research achievements in the last 10 years. Opened 20th May 2021
  • ERC Proof of Concept. These grants are for researchers who have already received an ERC grant for their frontier research project and now want to explore the commercial or societal potential of it. Opened 14th January 2021
  • ERC Synergy Grant. These grants are for two to maximum four researchers working together and bringing different skills and resources to tackle ambitious research problems. Opens in 2022

- The Plant Biotic Interactions (PBI) program supports research on the processes that mediate beneficial and antagonistic interactions between plants and their viral, bacterial, oomycete, fungal, plant, and invertebrate symbionts, pathogens and pests. This joint NSF/NIFA program supports projects focused on current and emerging model and non-model systems, and agriculturally relevant plants. Funding rates in the >30% range.  Full Proposals Accepted Anytime.

- Funding Opportunity: AFRI Releases RFA for Foundational and Applied Science Program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) released a request for applications for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Foundational and Applied Science (FAS) program. During the fiscal years 2021 and 2022  AFRI will distribute approximately $290 million per year. AFRI has numerous program area priorities and each program area priority has its own deadline(s). Please, check them here.

PlantEd is offering conference Grants aimed at supporting researchers from COST participating Inclusiveness Target Countries to attend high profile international science and technology related events. Attendance at European conferences is preferred; conferences held elsewhere can be considered. If you are a PhD student or Early Career Investigators and find a suitable conference where you would like to participate actively, you may apply for funding from PlantEd. Also conference fees for virtual events are eligible. You can read more about the conditions for ITC grants here.

You are invited to check the grant ECRi devoted section and our Resources section for more on funding opportunities.

Spotted a funding opportunity we've missed? Please tell us about it by emailing

The UN General Assembly designated 2021 the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables (IYFV). The IYFV2021 is a unique opportunity to raise awareness on the important role of fruits and vegetables in human nutrition, food security and health and as well in achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Are you organizing an IYFV2021 activity? Please tell us about it by emailing

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