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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.


Diversity in a monoculture

Modern, machine-friendly agriculture is dominated by monocultures. One single cultivar – one genotype of a crop species – is cultivated on large areas. Favored cultivars are optimized for high yields and often contain only few natural plant defense compounds. Unfortunately, these extensive monocultures of identical plants can become an ecological wasteland and cause permanent damage to the ecosystem, especially when combined with blanket application of fertilizer and pesticides.

Most comprehensive study to date reveals evolutionary history of citrus

Citrus fruits – delectable oranges, lemons, limes, kumquats and grapefruits – are among the most important commercially cultivated fruit trees in the world, yet little is known of the origin of the citrus species and the history of its domestication.


Agri Innovation 2015: Emerging Science and Technologies in Crop Research

London, UK

This conference is the second in a series being organised jointly by SCI Agrisciences Group, the Royal Society of Chemistry and AGRI-net, the agriscience chemical biology network. The conference aims to provide an update in several of the most exciting areas of crop research and hopes to foster the interdisciplinary understanding and collaborations essential to innovation in agriscience and technology.
The programme for the day will cover topics including agrochemical discovery, resistance in weeds, pests and diseases, and advances in precision farming technologies for crop protection. Speakers will represent leading research institutes, universities and crop science companies in the UK and Europe.

Institute of Chartered Foresters National Conference 2015: Tree Health, Resilience and Sustainability

Cardiff, UK

The ICF National Conference 2015 will take place this April in Cardiff. It will explore tree health challenges currently facing UK forestry and arboricultural professionals, and ask whether they face fundamental changes to their work to resolve these issues. On day one (“Facing up to the problems”) delegates will hear national and international experts discuss the nature of these challenges, and ways of assessing associated risks. Day two will focus on solutions, such as planning for resilience, as well as practical responses in the field and messages for government and the profession.