This month our Executive Director Ruth has been busy across the pond, visiting the International Conference on Arabidopsis Research in St. Louis (MO, USA), and Plant Biology 2017 in Hawai’i!
At Plant Biology 2017, the annual meeting of the American Society of Plant Biologists, the new and improvedPlantae.orgplatform was launched – have you checked it out yet? Plantae is a digital social platform just for plant scientists – you can use it to network with others around the world, share teaching and learning resources, start or contribute to groups and discussions, and read up on the latest plant science news and views. It’s free to join, and you don’t have to be an ASPB or GPC member!
Don’t forget, if you are a member of any of the GPC’sMember Organzations, you can claim a 20% discount on all training workshops offered byTransmitting Science! Just enter the code GC237648when completing your registration.
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’.
Good NEWS for the fight against malnutrition in Africa CIAT is developing a new innovation in the fight for food and nutrition security called the Nutrition Early Warning System, or NEWS. It will focus initially on boosting nutrition in sub-Saharan Africa, but eventually NEWS will target vulnerable populations globally.
The Linnean Society has a number of active awards and funding calls at the moment, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences is also offering a package of international fellowships to support highly-qualified international scientists and postgraduate students to work and study at and with CAS institutions. Read more about these funding opportunities here.
The project “Adapting durum wheat varieties to the Senegal Basin for food security”, led by Dr. Filippo Maria Youssef Bassi (ICARDA) has also been awarded the 2017 Olam Prize for Innovation in Food Security. Congratulations!
Genetics to boost sugarcane production Scientists in Brazil are taking steps towards genetically modifying sugar cane so it produces more sucrose naturally, looking to eventually boost the productivity and economic benefits of the tropical grass.
The GPC is a coalition of plant and crop science societies and affiliates from across the globe. The GPC seeks to bring plant scientists together to work synergistically toward solving the pressing problems we face.