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WIN a book from Burleigh Dodds' Crops series!

To celebrate Fascination of Plants Day (today!) the Global Plant Council has teamed up with scientific publisher Burleigh Dodds to give you the chance to WIN a book from their 'Crops' series!

All you have to do is log on to Twitter (if you don't already have an account, it's easy to set one up!) and follow the Global Plant Council (@GlobalPlantGPC) and Burleigh Dodds (@bdspublishing). Then go to Burleigh Dodds's profile page and retweet one of their tweets with the hashtag #PlantDay.

A winner will be selected at random, and the lucky entrant will win a book of their choice from the following titles:

  • Improving organic crop cultivation (edited by Prof. Ulrich Köpke)
  • Water management for sustainable agriculture (edited by Prof. T. Oweis)
  • Achieving sustainable cultivation of potatoes Volume 2 (edited by Dr Stuart Wale)
  • Achieving sustainable cultivation of bananas (edited by Dr Gert Kema and Prof. Andre Drenth)
  • Achieving sustainable cultivation of cocoa Volume 1 (edited by Prof. Pathmanathan Umaharan)
  • Achieving sustainable cultivation of sorghum Volume 1 (edited by Prof. Bill Rooney)
  • Achieving sustainable cultivation of soybeans Volume 1 (edited by Prof. Henry Nguyen)
  • Achieving sustainable cultivation of sugarcane Volume 2 (edited by Prof. Philippe Rott)
  • Achieving sustainable cultivation of sorghum Volume 2 (edited by Prof. Bill Rooney)
  • Achieving sustainable cultivation of cocoa Volume 2 (edited by Prof. Pathmanathan Umaharan)
  • Achieving sustainable cultivation of grain legumes Volume 1 (edited by Dr Shoba Sivasankar)
  • Achieving sustainable cultivation of grain legumes Volume 2 (edited by Dr Shoba Sivasankar)
  • Achieving sustainable cultivation of mangoes (edited by Dr Victor Galán Saúco and Dr Ping Lu)
  • Achieving sustainable cultivation of soybeans Volume 2 (edited by Prof. Henry Nguyen)
  • Global tea science (Edited by Dr VS Sharma and Dr Kumudini Gunasekare)
  • Achieving sustainable cultivation of sugarcane Volume 1 (edited by Prof. Philippe Rott)
  • Achieving sustainable cultivation of oil palm Volume 1 (edited by Prof. Alain Rival)
  • Achieving sustainable cultivation of coffee (edited by Dr Philippe Lashermes)
  • Achieving sustainable cultivation of cassava Volume 1 (edited by Dr Clair Hershey)
  • Rice insect pests and their management (by Prof. E. A. Heinrichs)

You have until midnight tonight, UK time (18th May 2017, 00:00 BST) to enter - good luck!

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