Global Plant Council E-Bulletin January 2019
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E-Bulletin / 
January 2019

Welcome to another month (and year!) of plant science!

Latest News / 
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This month 31 new breaking news stories were posted on the GPC website including...

Inactivating genes can boost crop genetic diversity
Researchers recently showed that inactivating a gene, RECQ4, leads to a three-fold increase in recombination in crops such as rice, pea and tomato. The gene inhibits the exchange of genetic material via recombination (crossover) during the sexual reproduction process in crops. This discovery could speed up plant breeding and development of varieties better suited to specific environmental conditions (disease resistance, adaptation to climate change).

The African Orphan Crops Consortium bears its first fruits: the release of the first five orphan crop genomes
New research published describes and releases the first 5 orphan crop genomes from an international project to boost the productivity of traditional African food supplies.

Research finds ethical sourcing of seeds required for global restoration
Hundreds of thousands of tonnes of wild seeds are needed to restore plant ecosystems globally but overharvesting risks their depletion unless ethical seed-sourcing regulations are developed, research has found.

New Phytologist Trust
People and plants: Working together for the planet

Plants, People, Planet, a cross-disciplinary Open Access journal by the New Phytologist Trust, launches its first issue, that will publish peer-reviewed articles, opinion and review that focuses on the connections between plant science and society.

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

International Plant & Animal Genome XXVII
12–16 January 2019. San Diego, USA. 

International graduate course Ecophysiology of the rhizosphere
14–20 January 2019. Parque Katalapi, Chile

Indian Plant Science Congress 2019
23–25 January 2019. Kattankulathur, India

EMPHASIS on the International Year of Plant Health
12 February 2019. Torino, Italy

Policy /

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'.

International Society for Plant Pathology (ISPP) December newsletter includes a code of ethics on plant health

The International Society for Plant Pathology (ISPP) is developing and publicising a code of ethics to help promote high standards of behaviour and practice whenever we face new plant disease outbreaks.

The code has the following aims:
- to foster ethical conduct
- to support communication and collaboration
- to ensure that decisions are based on the best available evidence

Any comments or feedback related to the said Code of Ethics can be sent to

Job Opportunities /

Do you know of a job opportunity we've missed? Please tell us about it by emailing

GPC is gathering job opportunies and posting them in our social media accounts, either on our devoted Facebook group  with over 300 members or using the #plantscijobs hashtag on a Twitterstorm one Friday a month from our principal Twitter account. Please, join either to be informed. Next Twitterstorm will take place on the 25th January between 3 and 4 pm CEST.

Members / 

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

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