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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.
The Global Plant Council (GPC) was deeply saddened to hear about the death of our colleague Carl Douglas on Monday, 25th July 2016.
In nature, plants cannot grow without soil biota like fungi and bacteria. Successful plants are able to harness positive, growth-promoting soil organisms, while avoiding the negative effects of others. Which plant traits can predict these interactions, or the success of a plant? In a paper in the Journal of Ecology, a team from the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW), Wageningen University and the Universität Leipzig tested exactly this and found thick roots to be a leading trait.
Purdue University, Indiana, USA
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research and Purdue University unites the community of phenotyping technology users and developers by hosting the inaugural event of the North American Plant Phenotyping Network on 29-31 August 2016 at Purdue University, IN, USA. This event will foster collaboration in the rapidly developing field of plant phenotyping by convening diverse expertise.
ETH Zurich, Switzerland
This international event, which takes place every four years, brings together scientists and researchers in all fields related to plant breeding. Invited speakers will present and discuss their research findings and their visions for meeting the great challenges of plant breeding in coming decades.