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The Global Plant Council (GPC) is a coalition of plant and crop science societies from across the globe. GPC seeks to bring plant scientists together to work synergistically toward solving the pressing problems we face.

The central focus of the GPC is to define and engage in coordinated strategies and projects that will have impact on the most critical global issues: world hunger, energy, climate change, health and well-being, sustainability and environmental protection.


Genetic diversity a hidden tool in coping with climate change

Genetic resources have a critical role to play in feeding the world — especially as climate change advances faster than expected — and much more needs to be done to study, preserve and utilize the biological diversity that underpins world food production, according to a new book) released by FAO.

Mapping the maize genome

Researchers publish a detailed positional cloning protocol to locate genes within the large and complex maize genome.


Plant Receptor Kinases: From Molecules to Environment

New Mexico, USA

Cell surface receptor kinases are one of the major components used by plants to rapidly translate extracellular signals into appropriate intracellular responses to changing environmental and developmental conditions. This meeting highlights recent developments in our understanding of receptor kinases, from their evolution, to the pathways they are involved in, to the molecular details underlying their function (e.g., post-translational modifications, structure, cell biology).

EPPN Spring School on Plant Phenotyping

Aberystwyth, UK

The Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences is hosting this EPPN training school, on March 9-13th 2015, bringing together researchers and students for a series of talks, discussions and practical exercises on different aspects of plant phenotyping.