Global Plant Council E-Bulletin October 2015
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October 2015

Each month the Global Plant Council (GPC) brings you a round-up of the latest news, events, reports and funding opportunities from our members and the wider community.

We're sorry that the October issue is a few days late – last month was incredibly busy for us as we flew out to Brazil for 10 days for our Stress Resilience Forum (in collaboration with the SEB), which was immediately followed by the International Plant Molecular Biology conference, and lastly our Annual General Meeting. 

We'll be updating the blog and our website with details of what happened when we've recovered from our jetlag, but in the meantime check out the hashtags #StressRes15, #IPMB2015 and #GPCAGM on Twitter!

Some of the GPC AGM attendees. Photo courtesy of Deena Errampalli.

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

Plant discovery could help develop stress-resistant crops
A gene that helps plants to remain healthy during times of stress has been identified by UK researchers. Its presence helps plants to tolerate environmental pressures like drought – and it could help create crops that can better withstand adverse conditions.

Root microbiome engineering improves plant growth
In a recently published review paper in Trends in Microbiology, two integrative biologists present how it is possible to engineer the plant soil microbiome to improve plant growth, even if the plants are genetically identical and cannot evolve.

A cure for vitamin B6 deficiency
Plant scientists at ETH Zürich and the University of Geneva (Switzerland) have set out to find a way to increase vitamin B6 production in the roots and leaves of the cassava plant. This could prevent vitamin B6 deficiency among people who consume mostly cassava.

First global food and agriculture plant genetics data library gets go-ahead
Delegates from the 136 member nations of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture have given their approval to set up an international information gateway for the genetic data of food crop seeds.

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

Synergy in Science: Partnering for Solutions
15–18 November 2015. Minneapolis, USA. 

1st Latin-American Conference on Plant Phenotyping and Phenomics for Plant Breeding
30 November–2 December 2015. Talca, Chile.

3rd International Plant Physiology Congress
11–14 December 2015, New Delhi, India.

International Plant & Animal Genome XXIV
9–13 January 2016, San Diego, 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'.

Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition 
Technical Brief: Improved metrics and data are needed for effective food system policies in the post-2015 era

lobal Harvest Initiative

Global Agricultural Productivity (GAP) Report: Building Sustainable Breadbaskets

The Global Food Security (GFS) Programme is inviting expressions of interest from post-doctoral researchers to take part in a Policy Lab on sustainable nutrition. If you are interested in taking an interdisciplinary and systems approach to a policy-relevant issue, who would relish the opportunity to produce an evidence-based report that will be widely read by policy, industry and the public, then this is for you.

Funding Opportunities /

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

There are lots of new funding opportunities available for plant science and policy research from around the world. Please take a look at our articles here (South Africa/India/Asia/Africa/Global) and here (UK/Brazil/Africa/Europe/Global) to see if you are eligible. Hurry, some of the deadlines are very soon.

Applications are also now open (until 30 November 2015) for the 2016 New Phytologist Tansley Medal, awarded each year to an outstanding early-career plant science researcher. More information here

On the blog / 
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International Year of Soils
Former President of the Soil Science Society of America David Lindbo tells us why we should care about soils. 

Women in Plant Science Part 1 and Part 2
13 October was Ada Lovelace Day, named after the first computer programmer to celebrate women working in scientific disciplines. In Part 1, find out what it's like to be a female plant scientist in Cameroon and Sweden, while in Part 2 we talk to women from Tanzania and the US.

New Media Fellow Amelia Frizell-Armitage spoke to Professor Cathie Martin about biofortification and her work to improve the nutritional content of tomatoes. 

Taking Care of Wildlings
Hannes Dempewolf from the Global Crop Diversity Trust explains why it's so important to conserve the wild relatives of our modern-day crops. 

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The GPC is a coalition of plant and crop science societies 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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