Welcome to the February issue of the Global Plant Council’s e-Bulletin, a monthly round-up of the latest plant science news, events, reports, funding opportunities and blog posts from the GPC community and beyond.
7–8 July, 2017: Save the Dates! In collaboration with GPC members the Society for Experimental Biology (SEB), the GPC is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a workshop entitled ‘New Breeding Technologies in Plant Sciences‘. This will be a satellite meeting of the SEB’s annual main meeting in Gothenburg, Sweden (3–6 July). Please see the website for more information, and we will let you know as soon as possible when this event is open for registration.
Sooner than that, don’t forget that 18 May 2017 is international Fascination of Plants Day (FoPD)! Coordinated by GPC members the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO), hundreds of scientists around the world will be holding exciting plant-focused outreach and engagement events. To get involved, please locate the contact details of your country’s national coordinator on the FoPD website, here.
As always, if you have any plant science events, news, reports or information that you would like us to help promote and share with the global community, then please do get in touch! Contact Lisa, GPC’s Outreach & Communications Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lots of new reports, and an archive of useful documents from the last few years, are available on our website. Head to the Resources page and click ‘Reports’.
Fifth of the world’s food lost to over-eating and waste, study finds
Scientists at the University of Edinburgh (UK) examined ten key stages in the global food system – including food consumption and the growing and harvesting of crops – and concluded that almost 20% of the food made available to consumers is lost through over-eating or waste.
RNA clay offers green alternative to plant pesticides In this SciDevNet repost, Neena Bhandari explains how a nano-sized bio-degradable clay-comprising double stranded ribonucleic acid (dsRNA) could offer a cost-effective, clean and green alternative to chemical-based plant pesticides.
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