Global Plant Council E-Bulletin September 2020

E-Bulletin / 
September 2020

Dear plant science enthusiast,

Welcome to our September 2020 newsletter on plant science!

This past month we shared on our website and social media channels 21 plant science-related breaking stories, along with our event collection (42 events listed right now, mostly online), some open calls and other useful information.

Latest News / 
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In August, 21 new breaking plant science related news stories were posted on the GPC website including...

CRISPR enables one-step hybrid seed production in crops
Crop hybrid technologies have contributed to the significant yield improvement worldwide in the past decades. However, designing and maintaining a hybrid production line has always been complex and laborious. Now, researchers in China have developed a new system combining CRISPR-mediated genome editing with other approaches that could produce better seeds compared with conventional hybrid methods and shorten the production timeline by 5 to 10 years.

Novel hormone discovery provides new insight into the evolution of plant structure
An international study has discovered a stem-cell promoting hormone in the liverwort Marchantia polymopha, a common liverwort representative of an ancient lineage of plants. Their evolutionary history presents researchers with an excellent opportunity to explore the fundamental insights into how genes and hormones have evolved in plants.

Site-directed mutagenesis in wheat via haploid induction by maize
A new study, has demonstrated how site-directed mutagenesis can be achieved in virtually any wheat germplasm of choice by intergeneric pollination of wheat with cas9/guide-RNA (gRNA)-transgenic maize.

Space to grow, or grow in space – how vertical farms could be ready to take-off
Vertical farms with their soil-free, computer-controlled environments may sound like sci-fi, but there is a growing environmental and economic case for them, according to new research laying out radical ways of putting food on our plates. An interdisciplinary study combining biology and engineering sets down steps towards accelerating the growth of this branch of precision agriculture, including the use of aeroponics which uses nutrient-enriched aerosols in place of soil.


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ECRi /


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.

Job hunting:  We post daily opportunities on our Facebook and Linkedin groups. Next #plantscijobs Twitterstorm will take place on the 25th September between 3 and 4 pm CEST.

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Events / 
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Due to Coronavirus pandemic, many meetings/conferences are either postponed or cancelled.  We have reviewed all of the following, but please, make sure to confirm with the event organizers also when checking our events calendar.

Currently, 42 events are published in our events calendar. Below, some examples.

Data to decisions: integrating scientific evidence into conservation decision-making
15 September 2020. Online.

Plant Biotech in sub-Saharan Africa – technology transfer and new policies
23-24 September 2020. Online

Okayama University Institute of Resource and Plant Science online-forum on Plant Genetic Resources
8 October 2020. Online

Plant Genomes in a Changing Environment
12–14 October  2020. Online.

International Symposium on Climate-Resilient Agri-Environmental Systems (IS-CRAES)
3–6 November 2020. Online.

ASA, CSSA, SSSA Virtual Annual Meeting: Translating Visionary Science to Practice
9–13 November 2020. Online.

The 31st International Conference on Arabidopsis Research (ICAR)
21–25 June 2021. Seatle, WA, United States.

26th International Conference on Sexual Plant Reproduction
21–25 June 2021. Prague, Czech Republic.


If you have a conference, meeting, workshop, training course or other event coming up, we can include it in our Events calendar! Please email

On the blog / 
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Plant Science Research Network Releases Decadal Vision 2020-2030 by Aaron J. Bouchie (BTI)

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Lipid distribution in cuticles affects flower architecture in Medicago by Humberto Herrera-Ubaldo

Training people to provide food for the future by the Lancaster Environment Centre

The Global Plant Council Statement for 2020-2021

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Calls for papers /


"Plants, People, Planet" open call for papers by“Crop digital information - sharing access and benefits”

Crop diversity remains as valuable to global food security as ever. Yet information about this diversity seems to have become nearly as important as the seeds themselves. With the advent of high‐throughput DNA sequencing technologies and emerging “phenomic” approaches, and new platforms to store and explore the data they generate, the ways in which our global community can produce and access this information, and share the benefits of its use, is rapidly changing, creating a set of challenges that we will explore in a special collection of papers in Plants, People, Planet. Organised by Colin Khoury and Eric von Wettburg, this call seeks a range of contributions on this important topic including: Opinions, Historical Perspectives, Technical Reviews and Case Studies.
Submission date: 31st October 2020.


"Transport and Signaling" open call for papers by "Plant Physiology"

This Focus Issue will highlight the recent advances in our understanding of the molecular mechanisms behind membrane transport, its integration with signaling, and its roles in homeostasis. A selection of Update Reviews, included within the Issue, will address new and transformative insights that are driving research beyond the traditional boundaries of transport physiology. We encourage submissions that address quantitative frameworks in understanding membrane transport, transport proteins, and the integration of transport and signaling across scales.
Submission date: 3rd November 2020.


"Redox Control during Developmental and Stress Processes through Nitric Oxide-Mediated Post-translational Modifications" Speacial Issue open call for papers by "Plants"

Nitric oxide (NO) has evolved as a key gasotransmitter in living systems. A growing number of investigations have shown the significance of NO in the regulation of developmental processes and in response to (a)biotic processes. How NO can exert its action has been extensively studied in recent times, highlighting that this molecule is able to modify biomolecules, including nucleic acids, proteins, and fatty acids. Importantly, NO alters the protein structure and function through post-translational modifications, including S-nitrosation, nitration of tyrosine residues, or nitroakylation. This Special Issue of Plants (MDPI) will gather articles converging on the study of the redox mechanisms underlying developmental and stress processes through nitric oxide- mediated post-translational modifications.
Submission date: 31st May 2021.


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Funding Opportunities/

You are invited to check the ECRi devoted section ( and our Resources section ( for more info.

- 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. Funding rates in the >30% range.  Full Proposals Accepted Anytime.

- Funding Opportunity: AFRI Releases RFA for Foundational and Applied Science Program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) released a request for applications for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Foundational and Applied Science (FAS) program. During the fiscal years 2021 and 2022  AFRI will distribute approximately $290 million per year. AFRI has numerous program area priorities and each program area priority has its own deadline(s). Please, check them here.


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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.

Are you organizing an IYPH2020 activity? Please tell us about it by emailing

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