Global Plant Council E-Bulletin November 2016
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November 2016

Welcome to another issue of the Global Plant Council's monthly e-Bulletin! 

We can hardly believe that it's almost the end of another year! In just a few short weeks we'll be welcoming in the new year, and looking forward to continuing our work to promote, strengthen, inform and equip the global plant science community. To do this, however, we need some help.

As a subscriber to our e-Bulletin, would you consider making a donation to the GPC? You can make a one-off payment or recurring monthly contribution – no matter how big or small – via the secure PayPal link here:

We're always keen to hear from potential new Member Organizations too! If you belong to a plant/crop science society that is not already a GPC member, or if you work for a plant science-focused research institution, please contact us (email to find out how your organization can become a Member or Affiliate Member of the GPC!

Finally, in other news, we'd like to welcome Dr Owen Rowland from Canada's Carleton University to the Global Plant Council! Owen replaces our former Canadian Society of Plant Biologists' representative Professor Carl Douglas, who passed away earlier this year. Welcome aboard, Owen!

Latest News / 
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This month 60 new breaking news stories were posted on the GPC website including...

From Journal of Experimental Botany: sound the alarm! Roots and systemic plant defense
A new paper and associated Insight article in J Ex Bot highlights plant defenses in citrus plants. 

In Nature Plants: controlling plant regeneration systems may drive the future of agriculture 
Belgian scientists from VIB – Flanders Interuniversity Institute for Biotechnology and Ghent University have discovered a key protein complex that controls plant tissue repair.

In New Phytologist: with a little help from my fungus
An international team of researchers reveals that a fungus of the genus Trichoderma lives inside the tissue of tomato plants and helps its host to defend itself against infestations by parasitic nematodes. 

Phenotype at the push of a button
Scientists at the Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry in Halle, Germany, have developed a method that makes it possible to accumulate or break down chosen proteins in living organisms as needed.

Living fossil genome unveiled
The genome sequence of Ginkgo biloba, the oldest extant tree species, has been published by scientists from the Beijing Genomics Institute, Zheijiang University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. 

Events / 
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GARNet NatVar 2016: Natural Variation as a Tool for Gene Discovery and Crop Improvement
12–13 December 2016. Cambridge, UK. 

4th International Plant Phenotyping Symposium

13–15 December 2016. El Batán, Texcoco, México

Gordon Research Conference on Chloroplast Biotechnology
08–13 January 2017. Venture, CA, USA. 

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'.

The State of Food and Agriculture 2016
The pledge to eradicate hunger and poverty must go hand in hand with rapid transformations of farming and food systems to cope with a warmer world, FAO said in a new report.

Biotechnology in Developing Countries: Growth and Competitiveness
The first-of-its kind report, 'Biotechnology in Developing Countries: Growth and Competitiveness' was released on 15 November by the Beijing-based  Chinese Academy of Sciences-The World Academy of Sciences (CAS-TWAS) Centre of Excellence in Biotechnology. The report provides an assessment of research and patents in the field across the global South.

Delivering on EU Food Safety and Nutrition in 2050 – Future challenges and policy preparedness
This foresight study assesses the future resilience of the current EU food safety and nutrition policy and regulatory framework by examining potential scenarios up to 2050 and the challenges they may present, and suggests possible policy options.

Funding Opportunities /

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

Australian researchers, or researchers working in Australia: the deadline for applications/nominations for the 2017 Peter Goldacre Award is 9th December 2016.  

Members of the Australian Society of Plant Scientists are also eligible to apply for the 2017 ASPS Teaching Award until 9th December 2016, and for the RN Robertson Travelling Fellowship until 20th January 2017. 

On the blog / 
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Using plants to convert explosives to fertilizers: an interview with Neil Bruce
Sarah Jose spoke to University of York (UK) researcher Neil Bruce about his work into the detoxification of pollutants by plants and microorganisms.

Down under: the Global Plant Council’s 2016 AGM
Lisa Martin gives the lowdown on what happened 'down under' at the Global Plant Council's 2016 Annual General Meeting. 

Flipping the symposium
What do you do when a speaker doesn't turn up for the conference session you've organized? Try 'flipping the symposium', like Dr Rainer Hofmann did at the recent ComBio 2016 meeting!

How growing plants improves human well-being: People Plant Council
We might be preaching to the converted, but plants are good for you! Sarah Jose discovered how the People Plant Council is working to communicate the benefits of plants to the public.

Temperate matters in agriculture
In this guest blog from the Global Food Security program, Evangelia Kougioumoutzi reports on the TempAg network.

Members / 

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

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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