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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.


Natural alternatives to protect plants inspired by pharmaceutical research

The bacteria Streptomyces--which is commonly used in human antibiotics and found in the natural environments of wild plants as well as crops--could be used as an environmentally friendly alternative to pesticides, scientists in France write in an Opinion published in Trends in Plant Science. In addition to protecting plants from fungal and other threats, Streptomyces has been shown to keep roots healthy and promote plant growth. Streptomyces or their derived metabolites are already being used in six different agricultural products.

Shifts in mating strategies help herbicide-resistant 'superweeds' persist

Herbicide-resistant "superweeds" change their mating strategies over time, an evolutionary shift that helps them hold onto valuable genes and outcompete other plants, according to a new study from University of Michigan researchers.


Training course: Proteomics Bioinformatics

EMBL-EBI, Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, UK

This course, run jointly with Wellcome Genome Campus Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences, will provide hands-on training in the basics of mass spectrometry and proteomics bioinformatics. Topics wil include search engines and post-processing software, quantitative approaches, MS data repositories, the use of public databases for protein analysis, annotation of subsequent protein lists and incorporation of information from molecular interaction and pathway databases.

GARNet NatVar 2016: Natural Variation as a Tool for Gene Discovery and Crop Improvement

Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge, UK

GARNet is delighted to host an international workshop entitled: