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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.

News

More mouths can be fed by boosting number of plant pores

Scientists at Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (ITbM), Nagoya University have synthesized a new bioactive small molecule that has the ability to increase stomata numbers on flowering plants without stunting their growth. The team’s new discovery could help elucidate the stomatal development mechanism in plants.


Harvard forest report: Forests, funding, and conservation in decline across New England

New England has been losing forestland to development at a rate of 65 acres per day, according to a new report released by the Harvard Forest, a research institute of Harvard University, and a team of authors from across the region. Public funding for land protection has also been steadily declining in all six New England states and is now half what it was at its 2008 peak; with land conservation trends following suit.


Events

Learn2Engage course for botanic garden and museum educators - Module 1: Interpretation

Online, with on-site learning in Trento, Italy

LearnToEngage is an exciting new suite of professional development modules for botanic garden and museum educators in Italy, Portugal and the UK. These blended learning modules (a mixture of online and on-site learning) will enhance engagement of your audiences, and support the vital educational role of botanic gardens and museums. LearnToEngage is funded through the European Commission’s Erasmus+ programme and provides an interactive, collaborative experience with both online and on-site provision.


International Symposium on Survey of Uses of Plant Genetic Resources to the Benefit of Local Populations

Antananarivo, Madagascar

The International Symposium on Survey of Uses of Plant Genetic Resources to the Benefit of Local Populations will be held in Antananarivo (Madagascar), at IBIS HOTEL Antananarivo - Ankorondrano from 18 to 22 September, 2017.


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