Global Plant Council E-Bulletin April 2016
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April 2016

Welcome to the latest issue of the Global Plant Council's monthly e-Bulletin, a round-up of plant science news, events, reports, funding opportunities, blog posts and other interesting information from the GPC community throughout April. 

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

In Nature Plants...
Scientists discover C4 photosynthesis boosts growth by altering size and structure of plant leaves and roots
Plants using C4 photosynthesis grow 20–100% quicker than more common C3 plants by altering the shape, size and structure of their leaves and roots, according to a new study.

Researchers find key to zinc rich plants to combat malnutrition
A milestone has been reached in the research of zinc loading in crop seeds with large potential benefits to people in the developing world. 

Scientists uncover what makes plants 'clot'
University of Delaware researchers have identified two novel molecular players necessary to regulate plasmodesmata. 

In Journal of Experimental Botany...
Stresses in the Big Bad World: Plants Can't Run
Jonathan Ingram reports on the latest JXBot Special Issue: The Interface Between Abiotic and Biotic Stress Responses. 

Elsewhere in the news...
Feeding the World: Uncovering a Key Regulator of Flower Head Development in Rice
Chinese scientists have uncovered a critical regulator of ELONGATED UPPERMOST INTERNODE1 gene expression in rice. 

Scientists issue rallying cry for Wheat Blast research
A team of scientists in the UK and Bangladesh are turning to the combined knowledge of the global scientific community to address the emerging threat of Wheat Blast disease.

Events / 
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If you have a conference, meeting, workshop, training course or other event coming up, we can include it in our Events calendar! Please email

State of the World's Plants Symposium
11–12 May 2016. Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, London, UK. 

37th New Phytologist Symposium: Plant Developmental Evolution
15–19 May 2016. Beijing, China. 

2016 Global Pulse Convention
19–22 May 2016. Izmir, Turkey. 

UV 4 Plants 1st Network Conference
30–31 May 2016. Pécs, Hungary.

Meristem 2016: 1st International Conference on Plant Meristem Biology
9–10 June 2016. Tai'an, China.

Reports /

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'.

Global wheat breeding provides billions in benefits, CIMMYT study shows
Coinciding with CIMMYT's 50th anniversary, a global network of crop scientists has published the report, "Impacts of international wheat improvement research, 1994-2014". 

Robust outlook for global cereal supplies in 2016
Following the launch of its latest Food Price Index in March, the FAO has released a Cereal Supply and Demand brief revealing that world cereal production in 2016 is set to amount to 2,521 million tonnes.

Funding Opportunities /

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The Novo Nordisk Foundation has launched a call for nominations for its Novozymes Prize to raise awareness of basic and applied biotechnology research. The prize consists of DKK 2.5 million worth of funding for the awardee’s research, plus a personal prize of DKK 0.5 million and the opportunity to host an international symposium within the awardee’s field of research.
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On the blog / 
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A Year at the Global Plant Council
In Amelia Frizell-Armitage's final blog post, she reports on what life has been like for the last 12 months as a GPC New Media Fellow. 

Lessons from the Oldest and Most Arid Desert on Earth
Dr Susana Cabello from the Millennium Nucleus Center for Plant Systems and Synthetic Biology in Chile writes about plant science in a place where very few plants actually grow!

Witty Gene Names
Sarah Jose provides some light relief in this blog post exploring plant geneticists' sense of humor! What's your favourite funny plant gene name?

Brexit and Agriculture
Representing the UK's Farmer–Scientist Network, Professor Wyn Grant highlights a new report discussing the future for British agriculture in the event of the UK's exit from the European Union.

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The Global Plant Council (GPC) is a coalition of plant, crop, agricultural and environmental science societies across the globe. 

We seek 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.

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