About GPC


The mission of the Global Plant Council (GPC) is to

  • Facilitate the development of plant science for global challenges.

  • Foster international collaborations and enable the effective use of knowledge and resources.

  • Provide an independent and inclusive forum to bring together all those involved in plant and crop research, education and training.

Core Values

The Core Values of GPC are

  • To be an organization that is based in plant and crop science

  • To facilitate collaboration across boundaries (geographic and scientific)

  • Inclusion and equity

  • To speak with a single, strong voice for all those working in plant, crop, agricultural and environmental science across the globe

Vision 2015-2018

  • Act as a “catalyst” within the global plant science community and between scientists and other influencers to promote collaborations and increase awareness of the key role plant science plays in all of our lives.

  • Provide a knowledgeable, curated source of relevant and useful plant science information on a global basis.

  • Facilitate science-based initiatives that will help close the gap between basic research and applied innovations.

  • Deliver increased value to the GPC member societies and organizations.


To help identify and coordinate strategic solutions to the current global challenges, GPC is focusing on the following priority areas:


Within these areas the Global Plant Council focuses on specific initiatives to identify key challenges, evaluate ongoing research programs, identify gaps, prevent duplication of efforts and funding, and facilitate urgently required global strategic programs.


Discovery of new ginger species spices up African wildlife surveys

Scientists from Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have discovered a new species of wild ginger, spicing up a wave of recent wildlife discoveries in the Kabobo Massif - a rugged, mountainous region in Democratic Republic of Congo.

Strong interaction between herbivores and plants

In the past decades, we have seen a dramatic decline in biodiversity around the world. Every day, species are irrecoverably lost on an unprecedented scale. This also has an impact on the stability and productivity of ecosystems. Hence it is indispensable to understand the mechanisms that impact biodiversity, particularly in the case of primary producers such as algae and plants that form the basis of nearly all natural food webs and ecosystems.

Scientists follow seeds to solve ecological puzzle

What bothers a plant? Why are some plants rare while others are common? Are the rare plants simply adapted to rare habitat or are they losing the competition for habitat? Are their populations small but stable, or are they dwindling?