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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 project, Partnerships to Strengthen University Food and Nutrition Sciences (PASUFONS), is a collaboration between Stellenbosch University in South Africa, Makerere University in Uganda, and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Kenya.
To project how much food can be produced in the future, researchers use agricultural models that estimate crop yield, or how much of a crop can be produced in a certain amount of space. These models take into account factors like climate and weather variability, irrigation, fertilizer, and soil type. A new study published in the journal Nature Communications shows that the type of soil used in such a model can often outweigh the effects of weather variability – such as year to year changes in rainfall and temperature.
“Biotechnology for Development and Sustainable Utilization of Biodiversity”
"Biotecnología para el Desarrollo y Uso Sostenible de la Biodiversidad”
University of Nottingham, UK
The exploitation of novel sensor technologies for the detection and prediction of abiotic and biotic stresses in crops can significantly accelerate predictive agronomy, varietal improvement and optimise production in the face of changing environment. This conference will bring together the best academic and commercial research in the areas of development and validation of novel crop sensor systems based on biological, chlorophyll fluorescence and/or hyperspectral reflectance spectroscopy parameters utilised for the detection, prediction and management of abiotic stress or disease in field grown crops. Areas of further interest include high throughput screening technologies or crop phenomic platforms for disease resistance and tolerance to abiotic stress.