Global Plant Council E-Bulletin August 2016
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August 2016

Welcome to your August edition of the monthly Global Plant Council e-Bulletin!

As the GPC is holding its Annual General Meeting in October, we've been starting to prepare our annual report. Updates from our Member Organizations have been flooding in, and it's really heartening to read all about the great plant and crop science events and initiatives taking place all over the world. Don't forget, if you have a plant science event, activity, job, student opportunity, or funding or award scheme that you'd like us to help promote, please just get in touch

And if you're looking for a conference to attend, a funding opportunity to apply for, policy documents to read or teaching resources to use, you can find lots of great information on our website, or of course by signing up for, the digital home for plant science on the web. If you're looking for a new job in plant science, or a PhD position, try searching the hashtag #PlantSciJobs or #PlantSciPhD on Twitter or Facebook for the latest openings. 

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

In Journal of Experimental BotanyDrought Tolerance in Maize through Altered Root System Architecture
JXB's Jonathan Ingram highlights a stand-out paper, and associated Insight article, that highlight why 'steep, cheap and deep' maize crown roots are best in drought conditions. 

In New Phytologist: New Research Shows how Wine Gets its Nose
French scientists have discovered a key enzyme that plays a leading role in the formation of the compounds that eventually give wines their sought-after aroma.. 

In New Phytologist: 'Superstar' rice reduces fertilizer loss and cuts pollution
Agriculture is one of the biggest drivers of environmental pollution and climate change - yet research in New Phytologist reveals a 'superstar' rice variety that uses nitrogen more efficiently, thus reducing pollution caused by run-off. 

Sunflowers are on the Clock
UC Davis researchers can now explain how sunflowers turn their heads to the sun – it's all associated with the circadian clock.

Discovery in Wheat Turns Half a Century of Plant Biology on its Head
Australian scientists have discovered that wheat seeds, as well as leaves, photosynthesize – and what's more, despite wheat being a C3 plant, they express genes found in the C4 photosynthetic pathway. 

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

ComBio 2016 - featuring the Global Plant Council!
03–07 October 2016. Brisbane, Australia. 

Enhancing Photosynthesis in Crop Plants: Targets for Improvement
10–11 October 2016. London, UK. 

International Symposium on Plant Transformation Biotechnologies
17–19 October 2016. Taipei, Taiwan.

Auxin 2016
20–25 October 2016. Haitang Bay, Sanya, China

8th International Symposium on Plant Senescence
31 October–04 November 2016. Jeju, Korea.

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'.

Beverley Postma Joins HarvestPlus as Chief Executive Officer
Beverley Postma, former Executive Director of Food Industry Asia, succeeds World Food Prize 2016 laureate Howarth Bouis as the CEO of HarvestPlus.

New Data Examines Landscape of India’s Agricultural Research and Development
The International Food Policy Research Institute has released data and a factsheet (PDF) outlining the challenges and opportunities for Indian agricultural research and development. 

Climate change: Trade liberalization could buffer economic losses in agriculture
Global warming could create substantial economic damage in agriculture, a new study conducted by a team of scientists of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research finds.

Funding Opportunities /

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

Check out our news article here to discover some of the latest funding opportunities for plant scientists from around the world.

Thank you to Dr Matthew Hannah from Bayer CropScience for letting us know about two of these grant opportunities! If you know of any others we've missed, especially those that may be applicable to scientists outside of Europe and the US, please do get in touch so that we can share them to a wider audience.

The Biochemical Society has announced that nominations for its 2018 awards are now open. Of the 13 award categories, 12 are relevant to molecular/biochemical plant and crop scientists, so please click here to find out more. 

Please note that the Global Plant Council does not provide funding and is not directly associated with any of the awards we highlight on our website. For more information about individual awards and opportunities, please contact the awarding company or association. 

On the blog / 
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Professor Stefan Jansson on What Makes a GMO, and the Scandinavian Plant Physiology Society
Award-winning, guitar-playing Professor Stefan Jansson is President of GPC Member Organization the Scandinavian Plant Physiology Society. We caught up with him to ask about his work, the GM debate, and the GPC. 

Uncovering the Secrets of Ancient Barley
Dr Nils Stein from the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research talks about his headline-making research.

Plantwise: Promoting and Supporting Plant Health for the Sustainable Development Goals
CABI's Andrea Powell reveals how the Plantwise food security program is helping to change lives in Africa. 

Feeding the World with Virtual Crops
Rachel Shekar from the University of Illinois describes how the 'Crops in silico' project aims to link and develop models across biological scales to better predict how plants will respond under climate change. 

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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