Global Plant Council E-Bulletin September 2016
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September 2016

Yes, we know it's already October...apologies that your September edition of the Global Plant Council's monthly e-Bulletin is a little late! The GPC team has been busy travelling in recent days and weeks, and this email comes to you from sunny Brisbane, Australia, where we've just had a great week at the ComBio 2016 conference, and held our Annual General Meeting! We'll tell you more about our trip when we get back to GPC HQ, but in the meantime, welcome to any new subscribers! 

The GPC's e-Bulletin is a monthly round-up of the latest plant science news, events, reports, funding opportunities and blog posts from the GPC community. If you have anything you would like us to help promote then please do get in touch! Contact Lisa, GPC's Outreach & Communications Manager:

Latest News / 
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This month 60 new breaking news stories were posted on the GPC website including...

In Current Plant Biology: Microbes help plants survive in severe drought
University of Washington (USA) research finds that plants can better tolerate drought and other stressors with the help of natural microbes. 

In New Phytologist: Plant diversity alleviates the effects of flooding on crops
New research shows that, in grasslands, growing mixtures of plants with higher diversity can help to alleviate the negative impacts of flooding. 

In Nature Plants: Future drought will offset benefits of higher CO2 on soybean yields
A study of soybeans grown in atmospheric conditions expected by 2050 has yielded a new and worrisome finding: higher CO2 will boost plant growth under ideal growing conditions, but drought - expected to worsen as the climate warms and rainfall patterns change - will outweigh those benefits.

From Journal of Experimental Botany

A recent Special Issue of Journal of Experimental Botany comes in response to the particularly fast-moving pace of discovery in peptide signalling. 

New work by Patrizia Trifiló et al. shows that water transport beyond the xylem is important in explaining the decline of whole-leaf hydraulic conductance with dehydration. 

From Elsevier: Free Current Opinion in Plant Biology articles from a special issue on Agriculture & Climate Change Conference 2015
Elsevier has made a series of 9 articles free to access following the 2015 Agriculture & Climate Change Conference in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. 

Events / 
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International Symposium on Plant Senescence
31 October–1 November 2016. Jeju, Korea. 

International Agrobiodiversity Congress 2016
06–09 November 2016. New Delhi, India. 

Reunión Argentina de Fisiología Vegetal
13–16 November 2016. Ciudad de Corrientes, Argentina. 

1st Cold Spring Harbor Asia Conference: Latest Advances in Plant Development & Environmental Response
29 November–02 December 2016. Awaji, Japan. 
13–16 November 2016. Ciudad de Corrientes, Argentina. 

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'.

Seeds of Resilience: A Compendium of Perspectives on Agricultural Biodiversity from Around the World
This report by the Global Alliance for the Future of Food focuses on the role seeds and seed diversity can play in sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition

Global Plant Council Nutritional Security White Paper (PDF)
In case you missed it earlier in the year, you can download the Global Plant Council's Nutritional Security white paper here. 

Funding Opportunities /

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New Phytologist is now accepting nominations for its 2017 Tansley Medal! This prestigious award is open to all students and early career researchers within 5 years of their PhD. 
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The Cyclamen Society has established a new grant fund to provide up £5000 GBP for relevant research projects. International applicants are encouraged to apply; the research may be directly or indirectly related to Cyclamen. 
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On the blog / 
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Bringing forgotten ideas on plant biomechanics into the 21st century
Sarah Jose interviews Dr Winfried Peters who told us about his research into plant cell biomechanics, and how some forgotten 19th and 20th century ideas proved valuable. 

Come together
In this reblog from Nature Plants, the pros and cons of attending plant science conferences are discussed. 

Cassava brown streak: lessons from the field
University of Bristol PhD student Katie Tomlinson shares the highlights and learnings from a recent field trip to Uganda. 

1000 Plants
A familiar face is behind this blog post on the 1000 Plants initiative - former GPC New Media Fellow Amelia Frizell-Armitage missed us and asked to write us a post! 

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