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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 GPC supports the principles of open science and the free dissemination of information around the world, particularly to those in countries without access to research media.

News

Scientists engineer shortcut for photosynthetic glitch, boost crop growth 40%

Plants convert sunlight into energy through photosynthesis; however, most crops on the planet are plagued by a photosynthetic glitch, and to deal with it, evolved an energy-expensive process called photorespiration that drastically suppresses their yield potential. Researchers from the University of Illinois and U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service report in the journal Science that crops engineered with a photorespiratory shortcut are 40 percent more productive in real-world agronomic conditions.


Should researchers engineer a spicy tomato?

The chili pepper, from an evolutionary perspective, is the tomato's long-lost spitfire cousin. They split off from a common ancestor 19 million years ago but still share some of the same DNA. While the tomato plant went on to have a fleshy, nutrient-rich fruit yielding bountiful harvests, the more agriculturally difficult chili plant went defensive, developing capsaicinoids, the molecules that give peppers their spiciness, to ward off predators.


Events

International graduate course Ecophysiology of the rhizosphere

Parque Katalapi - Chile

This intensive theoretical-field graduate course spans over 7 days. It includes lectures, seminars, and practical activities. The course will use the facilities of Parque Katalapi, located in Carretera Austral, near Puerto Montt, Chile. This course is designed as an intensive immersion experience. It requires stamina, endurance, social skills, and persistence. The course will be centered on theoretical and practical aspects of plant soil microorganisms interacions.


Indian Plant Science Congress 2019

Kattankulathur - India

The Indian Plant Science Congress 2019 aims to bring together the scholars from all fields for plant science, including plant-environment interactions. It covers basic science as well as modern biology from species description by taxonomy to species modification by gene editing. It is envisioned to be a conglomeration of students, researchers, academicians, entrepreneurs and policy makers. It will be a platform for exchange of knowledge, networking, innovation and technology transfer. The congress will be rewarding the achievers and motivating the youngsters to excel in plant science research.


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