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

Dear plant science enthusiast,  welcome to our March 2020 newsletter on plant science🌿

In the coming weeks, The Global Plant Council will continue working normally, while many of us enter a #stayathome phase because of the COVID19 pandemic. We will remain working as always, every weekday around 9:00 AM CEST a brand new article on plant science will be published on our website.

Additionally, during the lockdowns and self-isolating periods, we have been thinking of ways on how we could help you spend the hours at home.

Please, let us know if you have online resources available or if you are planning online activities addressed to the plant science community in this challenging time. We will share it with our network with pleasure .

Take care and stay safe.

The Global Plant Council Team

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

Scientists learn how plants manipulate their soil environment to assure a steady supply of nutrients Dissolved carbon in soil can quench plants’ ability to communicate with soil microbes, allowing plants to fine-tune their relationships with symbionts. Experiments show how synthetic biology tools can help understand environmental controls on agricultural productivity.

Genetic marker discovery could ease plant breeders’ work Plant breeders are always striving to develop new varieties that satisfy growers, producers and consumers. To do this, breeders use genetic markers to bring desirable traits from wild species into their cultivated cousins. Transferring those markers across species has been difficult at best, but a team of grapevine breeders, geneticists and bioinformatic specialists has come up with a powerful new method.

Speedy Recovery: New Corn Performs Better in Cold As the global population continues to boom, increasing the amount of food grown on the same amount of land becomes increasingly important. A chilling-tolerant strain could broaden the latitudes in which the crop could be grown, as well as enable current farmers to increase productivity. A group of researchers have developed a new type of corn that recovers much more quickly after a cold snap.

Research identifies possible on/off switch for plant growth  IRK protein could be key to saving crops endangered by extreme weather. New research identifies a protein that controls plant growth —  good news for an era in which crops can get crushed by climate change. Researchers found the protein, IRK, while looking for clues to the ways plant cells divide or expand. They discovered IRK in the root cells of a plant related to mustard.

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 us.

Due to Coronavirus outbreak, many meetings/conferences are either postponed or cancelled.  Please check directly with the event organizers.

We have 46 upcoming events published on our event page. Some of them are the following: 

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.

8th International Crop Science Congress (ICSC)
21–25 June 2020. Saskatoon, Canada.  

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

GPC science communication workshop at PBE2020
30 June 2020. Torino, Italy. 

06–10 July 2020. Seatle, WA, USA. 

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

0407 October 2020. Santa Fe, Argentina.

Funding Opportunities/

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

During the self-isolating period, maybe it would be time to start working on that grant proposal you have been postponing?  Check some funding possibilities below this lines. Besides, your are invited to check the ECRi devoted section ( and our Resources section ( for more info.

- Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions – Individual Fellowships are available for applicants with a doctoral degree or at least four years´ full time research experience. There are both European and Global Fellowships and last 1-3 years. The call will open soon. Our advise: start preparing your proposals. 

- Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions – Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)  call for proposals is now open. Organisations such as universities, research centres and companies that want to offer a short-term exchange to their staff can now apply. Deadline: Tuesday, April 28, 2020

- 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. Full Proposals Accepted Anytime.

- One month left to apply for EU Horizon2020 research funding call BIOTEC-08-2020 ( New biotechnologies to remediate harmful contaminants (RIA) ). Apply by 15 April 2020 here 

ASPB's Plant BLOOME grant awards up to $50,000 to ASPB members for education and outreach projects that advance youth, student, and general public knowledge and understanding of plant biology. For 2020, special consideration will be given to laboratory exercises and experiences developed for undergraduate and/or advanced high school students that enhance student understanding and mastery of plant biology. Learn more and apply by April 19. More info here.

SusCrop-ERA-Net: Pre-proposal submission. SusCrop is an ERA-Net Cofund Action under H2020, which aims to strengthen the European Research Area (ERA) in the field of Sustainable Crop Production through enhanced cooperation and coordination of different national and regional research programmes. In this regard, SusCrop brings together owners and managers of national and regional R&D&I programmes of EU Member States, EU-associated States and Third countries with significant experience in research funding and coordination. Deadline: 28th April. More info here.

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

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:

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

ECRi ongoing activities ⬇️⬇️

- Join our Facebook and Linkedin groups for daily job opportunities.

- Our next #plantscijobs Twitterstorm will take place on the 28th February between 3 and 4 pm CEST.

- An ECRi activity addressed to help ECRs with their communication and dissemination skills has been launched in January 2020. Check all the details here.

Sign-up here to our bi-monthly ECRi newsletter. Check our February ECRi newsletter here.

Are you currently involved in anything in particular that we can highlight?  Let us help you!  

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

Latest post: How to design an excellent scientific poster by the John Innes Centre

Other blog posts ⬇️⬇️

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

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

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

The United Nations  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 a devoted IYPH2020 section 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

Members / 

Click here for details of the GPC Member Societies and their representatives. 

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

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