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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.


See flower cells in 3-D – no electron microscopy required

Scientists require high-resolution imaging of plant cells to study everything from fungal infections to reproduction in maize. These images are captured with scanning electron microscopy (SEM), where an electron microscope focuses beams of electrons to increase magnification of objects. SEM is a common technique for all fields of science.

Funding Opportunities

Here are a few international funding opportunities for plant scientists we have come across recently.


Species traits: a functional approach to biodiversity, from organisms to ecosystems

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

This course is sponsored by three research centres : the Centre for Forest Research, the Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science, and the Hydro-Quebec Institute in Environment, Development and Society, based at Université Laval. Masters and PhD students at Université Laval and other universities in Quebec can register for credit via the Quebec universities credit exchange system.
Registration is open until 20th March 2015. The course will include:

3rd Plant Genomics Congress

London, UK

3rd Plant Genomics Congress is targeted at all areas of plant sciences including next generation sequencing, genomics, phenomics, proteomics, epigenetics, bioinformatics and data management, the conference will examine the latest NGS platforms and Omic technologies suitable for progressing plant based research.