Global Plant Council E-Bulletin March 2016
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March 2016

Welcome to another issue of your monthly Global Plant Council e-Bulletin. Here you'll find a selection of the latest news, events, reports and funding opportunities from across the GPC community, but don't forget there is always lots more to read on our regularly updated website! 

Would you prefer to read this e-Bulletin in your own language? Did you know that if you click the "view web version" link above, you'll be taken to a webpage with a clever Google widget in the top right-hand corner, which will do its best to speak your language. It may not be perfect, but it might be useful for non-English-speaking colleagues. 

Finally, we'd like to say goodbye and good luck to Amelia Frizell-Armitage, one of our two New Media Fellows who is leaving us for a new job in London, UK. Thank you Amelia! 

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

In Journal of Experimental Botany: WOX genes and the regulation of rice development
In a new article in the March issue of Journal of Experimental Botany, Cho et al. provide evidence for a direct cause-and-effect relationship linking the transcriptional activity of rice OsWOX3A and and hormonal changes caused by gibberellic acid. 

In Nature Plants: Over 70% of essential crop wild relative species in urgent need of collection
Many of the wild plants which will be the building blocks for future global food supply are missing from the world's genebanks, according to new research by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture in coordination with the Global Crop Diversity Trust and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

EMPHASIS project listed on the European Research Infrastructure roadmap
Multi-scale plant phenotyping to analyze genotype performance under diverse environmental conditions is at the center of the EMPHASIS project, a new large-scale European project coordinated by researchers at Forschungszentrum Jülich.

Scientists race to halt banana catastrophe
Scientists in developing countries are scrambling to find a cure for a devastating fungus that threatens to wipe out the global banana trade and plunge millions of farmers into poverty.

Gene protects against toxic byproducts of photosynthesis, helping plants to "breathe"
Japanese scientists have discovered that a certain gene within plants suppresses the toxic molecules formed as byproducts of photosynthesis. 

Events / 
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UK PlantSci 2016 – Plants in a changing world: molecule to ecosystem
11–12 April 2016. Norwich, UK. 

State of the World's Plants Symposium
11–12 May 2016. Kew Gardens, UK. 

37th New Phytologist Symposium: Plant Developmental Evolution
15–19 May 2016. Beijing, China. 

2016 Global Pulse Convention
19–22 May 2016, Çeşme, Izmir, Turkey

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'.

Report of the Task Group on GBIF Data Fitness for Use in Agrobiodiversity
This report from a team of international experts have completed a report providing makes more than 50 recommendations for enhancing the coverage, completeness and usefulness of data mobilized by the Global Biodiversity Information Facility for research in agrobiodiversity.

Managing Food Price Volatility: Policy Options to Support Healthy Diets and Nutrition in the Context of Uncertainty (PDF)
This policy brief by the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition identifies policy interventions that can anticipate and mitigate the negative dietary and nutritional outcomes of price volatility and market uncertainty.
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Policy Options for Decoupling Economic Growth from Water Use and Water Pollution
Without altering current levels of water consumption and pollution, almost half of the world's population will suffer severe water stress by 2030, damaging the well-being of millions of people, according to a new report from the International Resource Panel.

Funding Opportunities /

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We're always on the look-out for funding opportunities that might benefit the plant science community, so in this post we highlight some recent grants and awards including the Rank Prize Nutrition Committee Travel Awards (UK), several UK/Japan awards from the Daiwa Foundation, and a mobility award with opportunity to work in Estonia. 
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USDA-NIFA has also announced some new funding calls – read this post for more information. 

On the blog / 
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The Secrets of Seagrass
Sarah Jose explores some new research revealing mysteries hidden in the genome of Zostera marina

International Year of Pulses - Join the Movement!
Did you know it's the International Year of Pulses? Tilly from the Global Pulse Federation highlights some of the activities happening in 2016. 

The Importance of Botanic Gardens in the 21st Century
Fresh from a 'Novel Frontiers in Botany' meeting in Japan, Sarah Jose explains why botanic gardens are crucial not only for recreational use, but also for plant science research, conservation and education.

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