About GPC


The mission of the Global Plant Council (GPC) is to

  • Facilitate the development of plant science for global challenges.

  • Foster international collaborations and enable the effective use of knowledge and resources.

  • Provide an independent and inclusive forum to bring together all those involved in plant and crop research, education and training.

Core Values

The Core Values of GPC are

  • To be an organization that is based in plant and crop science

  • To facilitate collaboration across boundaries (geographic and scientific)

  • Inclusion and equity

  • To speak with a single, strong voice for all those working in plant, crop, agricultural and environmental science across the globe

Vision 2015-2018

  • Act as a “catalyst” within the global plant science community and between scientists and other influencers to promote collaborations and increase awareness of the key role plant science plays in all of our lives.

  • Provide a knowledgeable, curated source of relevant and useful plant science information on a global basis.

  • Facilitate science-based initiatives that will help close the gap between basic research and applied innovations.

  • Deliver increased value to the GPC member societies and organizations.


To help identify and coordinate strategic solutions to the current global challenges, GPC is focusing on the following priority areas:


Within these areas the Global Plant Council focuses on specific initiatives to identify key challenges, evaluate ongoing research programs, identify gaps, prevent duplication of efforts and funding, and facilitate urgently required global strategic programs.


Forests to play major role in meeting Paris climate targets

Forests are set to play a major role in meeting the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement - however, accurately monitoring progress toward the 'below 2°C' target requires a consistent approach to measuring the impact of forests on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

A rose to store energy

A special structure for storing energy known as a supercapacitor has been constructed in a plant for the first time. The plant, a rose, can be charged and discharged hundreds of times. This breakthrough is the result of research at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics at Linköping University (Sweden).

Study offers guidance on how to protect olive trees from being ravaged by deadly pathogen

Expert ecologists at the UK-based Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) have devised a scientific model which could help predict the spread of the deadly Xylella fastidiosa which is threatening to destroy Europe's olive trees.