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The Global Plant Council (GPC) is a coalition of national, regional and international societies and affiliates representing plant, crop and agricultural and environmental sciences across the globe.

The GPC seeks to bring together all those involved in plant and crop research, education and training, to facilitate the development of plant science for global challenges such as world hunger, energy, climate change, health and well-being, sustainability and environmental protection.


Researchers shine a spotlight on illegal wild orchid trade

Large-scale commercial trade of wild orchids is a pressing, but little-recognised conservation problem, according to researchers.

Bringing 'Avatar'-like glowing plants to the real world

The 2009 film "Avatar" created a lush imaginary world, illuminated by magical, glowing plants. Now researchers are starting to bring this spellbinding vision to life to help reduce our dependence on artificial lighting. They report in the journal Nano Letters a way to infuse plants with the luminescence of fireflies.


Learn2Engage course for botanic garden and museum educators - Module 2: Working with Diverse Audiences

Online, with on-site learning in Edinburgh, UK

LearnToEngage is an exciting new suite of professional development modules for botanic garden and museum educators in Italy, Portugal and the UK. These blended learning modules (a mixture of online and on-site learning) will enhance engagement of your audiences, and support the vital educational role of botanic gardens and museums. LearnToEngage is funded through the European Commission’s Erasmus+ programme and provides an interactive, collaborative experience with both online and on-site provision.

12th African Crop Science Society Conference

University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

Save the date for the 12th African Crop Science Society conference, which will be held in Stellenbosch, South Africa, between 15th and 18th January 2018. The theme of the conference is 'Sustainable Agricultural Systems for Food Security in Africa'.