Global Plant Council E-Bulletin July 2016
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July 2016

Welcome to another edition of your monthly Global Plant Council e-Bulletin, particularly to any new subscribers that we have met at plant science conferences in recent weeks!

We'd also like to thank and welcome some new GPC supporters – the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology in Australia has recently become a new Affiliate Member of the GPC, while the Elsevier journals Current Plant Biology and New Negatives in Plant Science have kindly agreed to help sponsor our newsletter. Please do check out the articles our sponsors have provided this month (see below)! 

Unfortunately, the good news is overshadowed this week by the very sad news that one of our Executive Board members, Professor Carl Douglas, has died. Many of you, particularly those in the plant cell wall community, may have known Carl, who was a representative to the GPC for the Canadian Society of Plant Biology for a number of years. Carl was a kind, wise and thoughtful man, a brilliant and passionate scientist, and he will be greatly missed. The GPC has paid tribute to Carl on our website

Latest News / 
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This month 62 new breaking news stories were posted on the GPC website including...

In Journal of Experimental Botany: C4 photosynthesis at 50 – from intrigue to Hall of Fame
JXB's Jonathan Ingram highlights two new Darwin Reviews celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Hatch & Slack's 1966 discovery of C4 photosynthesis. 

From Nature Plants: Learning from the past
This Nature Plants editorial discusses the role of seed banks and other genetic resources for crop breeding and future food security. 

New Phytologist Call for Manuscripts: Special Issue on Plant Volatiles
New Phytologist is currently accepting submissions for a Special collection on Plant volatiles. The journal welcomes submissions of synthetic reviews as well as experimental studies, in all areas and scales of plant science. 

Solving a Plant-Based Rubik's Cube Puzzle
John Innes Centre scientists have discovered a key “twist” in a Rubik’s cube-like plant puzzle, which could pave the way to new, or more effective pharmaceuticals.

Hidden Moss Chloroplast 'Wall' Discovered
Japanese researchers have succeeded in the world's first visualization of a peptidoglycan 'wall' present in the chloroplasts of bryophytes (moss plants). 

Events / 
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XXth EUCARPIA General Congress: Plant Breeding: the Art of Bringing Science to Life
29 August–01 September 2016. Zurich, Switzerland. 

GARNet 2016: Innovation in the Plant Sciences
06–07 September 2016. Cardiff, UK. 

10th Tri-National Arabidopsis Meeting
14–16 September 2016. Vienna, Austria. 

2nd Asian Horticultural Congress
26–28 September 2016. Chengdu, China.

1st International Symposium on Genomic Selection in Crop Breeding
29–30 September 2016. Rabat, Morocco.

Policy /

Lots of new reports, and an archive of useful documents from the last few years, are available on our website. Head to the Resources page and click 'Reports'.

BREXIT: The necessity of avoiding the fragmentation of European Science
The European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO) has published an open letter addressing its position on the recent UK referendum decision to leave the European Union.

Set for Success: Climate-proofing the Malabo Declaration (PDF)
This Montpellier Panel briefing paper outlines the need for African governments to unlock the continent’s agriculture sector in a way that captures the synergies between climate adaptation and mitigation and identifies and reduces the inevitable trade-offs. 

UK Climate Change Risk Assessment 2017 Synthesis report: priorities for the next five years (PDF)
The Climate Change Act requires the UK Government to compile every five years an assessment of the risks and opportunities arising for the UK from climate change. This document provides a synthesis of the Evidence Report in preparation for the next assessment due in 2017. 

Funding Opportunities /

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We've found LOTS of funding opportunities this month, so if you need an injection of cash to support your research, travel or education, take a look at our list here, or browse this Instrumentl list of opportunities.

Congratulations to Drs. Maria Andrade, Robert Mwanga, Jan Low (International Potato Center), and Howarth Bouis (HarvestPlus), who were announced as the 2016 World Food Prize Laureates last month. 
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Congratulations are also in order to the UK and Brazil-based scientists who are to receive funding for four collaborative wheat projects, made possible thanks to the BBSRC and Embrapa. 
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On the blog / 
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How do you grow a plant scientist?
Sarah Blackford, Head of Education and Public Affairs at the Society for Experimental Biology poses a pertinent question – and provides some practical solutions. 

A postcard from the Spanish Society of Plant Physiology
Meet the Global Plant Council's newest Member Society!

Interview with Laura Lagomarsino, winner of the Ernst Mayr award at Evolution 2016
In this New Phytologist blog post, Mike Whitfield meets Laura Lagomarsino, an evolutionary biologist and botanist who studies the evolution and systematics of Andean flora, and winner of the 2016 Ernst Mayr Award.

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The GPC is a coalition of plant and crop science societies and affiliates from across the globe. The GPC seeks to bring plant scientists together to work synergistically toward solving the pressing problems we face.
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