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The Global Plant Council (GPC) is a coalition of national, regional and international societies 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.


The name’s Jamesbondia: new group of Caribbean plants named after James Bond

An article published in Plant Biosystems formally proposes the existence of a new subgenus of plants, Jamesbondia, an infrageneric group of the Neotropical flowering genus known as Alternanthera. It has officially been called Jamesbondia after the notable American ornithologist James Bond, whose name Ian Fleming is known to have used for his eponymous spy series.

California’s sudden oak death epidemic now ‘unstoppable’ and new epidemics must be managed earlier

New research shows the sudden oak death epidemic in California (USA) cannot now be stopped, but that its tremendous ecological and economic impacts could have been greatly reduced if control had been started earlier. The research also identifies new strategies to enhance control of future epidemics, including identifying where and how to fell trees, as "there will be a next time".


Technological Frontiers in Food Security and Sustainability

School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford, UK

Join us for an exciting day of talks on the technological frontiers facing our food system. Our keynote will be given by Dr Monika Zurek (Environmental Change Institute, Oxford) followed by sessions on:

PhD course: Chlorophyll fluorescence – principles and applications

University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Chlorophyll fluorescence analysis is one of the most powerful and widely used techniques by plant physiologists and ecophysiologists. The course, hosted by the University of Gothenburg May 9–13th, 2016, will consist of lectures related to the theoretical background of this method and practicals to illustrate the types of information that fluorescence can provide. Practicals will be given for groups of 5 students on available instruments (DUAL-PAM-100, Phyto-PAM, Water-PAM, Junior-PAM, Pocket- and Handy-PEA). The analyzed samples will be from cyanobacteria, algae and plants.