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The Global Plant Council
The Global Plant Council (GPC) is a coalition of plant and crop science societies from across the globe, that brings plant scientists together to work synergistically toward solving the pressing problems facing humankind. GPC speaks with a strong voice from a plant science perspective to inform the global debate on issues that impact on the future of our world and humanity.
New Executive Director Appointed
On the 7th May Dr Ruth Bastow took up her post as the new executive director of the Global Plant Council. Ruth has been the coordinator of the UK Network for Arabidopsis Researchers (GARNet) for the past 9 years and played a significant role in establishing the UK Plant Sciences Federation.
Global Plant Council Symposium at AAAS Annual Meeting
The Global Plant Council held its second symposium at AAAS Annual Meeting entitles "Employing Cutting Edge Plant Science to Address Global Issues that Threaten Mankind." The Symposium featured five speakers; Bill Davies (Lancaster University), Michelle Watt (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization), Ricardo E Bressan-Smith State University of Norte Fluminense Darcy Ribeiro), Mary Lou Guerinot (Dartmouth College) and Richard Sayre (Los Alomos National Laboratory). These leading plant scientists each presented work in areas that relate to the to the five critical global issues identified by the Global Plant Council, namely world hunger, human health, global climate change, energy and biomaterials, and sustainability and environmental protection.
Fascination of Plants Day
Don't forget the second international Fascination of Plants Day (FoPD) May 18th 2013. The aim of FoPD is to get as many people as possible around the world fascinated by plants and enthused about the importance of plant science for agriculture, in sustainably producing food, as well as for horticulture, forestry, and all of the non-food products such as paper, timber, chemicals, energy, and pharmaceuticals. Everyone is welcome to join in with FoPD for more information visit the FoPD home page.
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