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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 transform tobacco info factory for high-value proteins

For thousands of years, plants have produced food for humans, but with genetic tweaks, they can also manufacture proteins like Ebola vaccines, antibodies to combat a range of conditions, and now, cellulase that is used in food processing and to break down crop waste to create biofuel. In Nature Plants, a team from Cornell University and the University of Illinois announced that crops can cheaply manufacture proteins inside their cellular power plants called chloroplasts—allowing the crops to be grown widely in fields rather than restrictive greenhouses—with no cost to yield.


Climate change could affect symbiotic relationships between microorganisms and trees

Some fungi and bacteria live in close association, or symbiosis, with tree roots in forest soil to obtain mutual benefits. The microorganisms help trees access water and nutrients from the atmosphere or soil, sequester carbon, and withstand the effects of climate change. In exchange, they receive carbohydrates, which are essential to their development and are produced by the trees during photosynthesis.


Events

2019 IS-MPMI XVIII CONGRESS

Glasgow - Scotland

The biennial Congress on Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions is a major function of IS-MPMI. This is an excellent opportunity to learn and share with all of the international members. The Congress has been held throughout the world, with locations varying from, most recently, U.S., Greece, Japan, Italy, Mexico, and Russia. Always well attended, the Congress speaks to the vitality of IS-MPMI and the important role this meeting plays in helping facilitate the important work of our members. ​


USING GEIGER, PHYTOOLS, AND OTHER COMPUTATIONAL TOOLS TO STUDY MACROEVOLUTION ON PHYLOGENIES

Crete - Greece

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