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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.


Maize Genetics May Show How Crops Adapt to Climate Change

With the onset of climate change and changes in irrigation, adapting food crops to grow in diverse environments could help feed the world. Now University of California, Davis (USA), scientists are leading a major new project, funded by the National Science Foundation with $4.1 million over five years, to study genetic adaptation to different environments in maize.

Climate change means land use will need to change to keep up with global food demand, say scientists

A team of researchers led by the University of Birmingham (UK) warns that without significant improvements in technology, global crop yields are likely to fall in the areas currently used for production of the world’s three major cereal crops, forcing production to move to new areas.


1st International Symposium on Genomic Selection in Crop Breeding

Rabat, Morocco

A one-stop networking and learning opportunity to look at the current state of the art of Genomic Selection in Crop Breeding Programs around the World. This event aims at bringing together European, North-African, and other International scientists with a strong focus in genomic selection. The floor will be shared by breeders, biometricians, and biotechnolgists with experiences in various crops. Wheat, durum, legumes, maize, and barley will be used as major examples, but all crops will be considered part of the discussion. The organizers aim is to develop an environment to promote discussions among the participants and ensure that networking is a key outcome. The final piece is the inclusion of market experts to help crop breeders develop economic selection indexes to be deployed in genomic selection algorithms.

Annual Meeting of the Expert Working Group in Durum Wheat Breeding and Genetics

Rabat, Morocco

This is an event by invitation only, but all people that wish to attend can contact the EWG Chairs: Luigi Cattivelli and Roberto Tuberosa to be considered for participation.