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The Global Plant Council (GPC) is a coalition of national, regional and international societies and affiliates representing plant, crop and agricultural and environmental sciences across the globe.

The GPC seeks 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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Plantae Fellows wanted!

Are you a creative, articulate and web-savvy plant scientist looking to connect with other like-minded folks? We need your help to nurture and grow Plantae, the new digital ecosystem for Plant Science!

A peachy defense system for seeds

"Don't eat the core, it's poisonous!" is something parents often say to their children before they eat their first peach. Peach pits, which are hidden inside the nut-like husk, do in fact contain amygdalin, a substance which can degrade into hydrogen cyanide in the stomach.

Events

UV 4 Plants 1st Network Conference

University of Pécs, Pécs, Hungary

This is the 1st network conference of 'UV 4 Plants', a group that aims to:

Course: Studying Ontogeny at Different Levels Using Geometric Morphometrics

Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont, Barcelona, Spain

This course will provide a basic introduction to geometric morphometric analyses, with an emphasis on using this tool kit to address questions related to growth, development, and evolution. Simple characterizations of multivariate ontogeny will give way to more complicated methods for visualizing and comparing different patterns of growth and development. From here, we will take up the idea of changes in ontogeny as a mechanism for producing evolutionary change. Using landmark data, it is possible to address many of the issues related to evolutionary development, but it will also become clear that the basic formulation of traditional evo-devo models lose relevance in the complex datasets available through modern digitisation and morphometric analysis. We will end by discussing the difficulties and misconceptions in interpreting morphometric analyses of ontogeny, and introduce some of the advanced topics in ontogeny that morphometricians are beginning to address

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