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October 2021

Dear plant science enthusiast,

Welcome to our November 2021 newsletter on plant science.

In October we shared 21 plant science-related breaking stories and 3 blog posts. Find below a selection of those and other useful information.

Events. We have 16 events waiting in our calendar, including our next webinar with Ros Gleadow.

Statement by the Global Plant Council on the threat of climate change to future food security

The Global Plant Council (GPC) acknowledges that the 6th Assessment Report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) provides irrefutable scientific evidence that the Earth’s climate is changing due to human-related activities. 

Our societies face choices about how to respond to the consequences of climate change on agriculture and biodiversity. Available strategies are many and carry different levels of environmental and societal risks.  We need stricter policies and action plans that can be developed, widely implemented and accounted for. Climate change and its immediate effects are claimed -especially by vested interest groups- to be hard to predict, which has thwarted the necessary political action. However, uncertainty in climate science is not greater than in other areas where policy decisions are routinely taken to minimize risk. Moreover, the predictions are very similar to the original predictions presented in the very first IPCC report 30 years ago.

We need tools to develop more efficient agricultural and economic systems that will increase food supply without further damage to the natural environment. Indeed, there is a need to revert land currently used for farming to nature to help rebalance the world’s biomes. Plant scientists are well placed to make a major contribution to this complex task.

Read the complete statement here.

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In September, 21 new breaking plant science related news stories were posted on the GPC website including...

Scientists developed a high-yielding, bio-fortified, drought-tolerant desi chickpea variety
Recently, a group of scientists successfully developed a new high-yielding transgenic desi chickpea variety. For that, they used the chickpea cytokinin oxidase/dehydrogenase gene expressed under the chickpea WRKY31 gene promoter. 

Plants evolved complexity in two bursts – with a 250-million-year hiatus
A new method for quantifying plant evolution reveals that after the onset of early seed plants, complexity halted for 250 million years until the diversification of flowering plants about 100 million years ago.

Climate change, population growth and stressed plants: Feeding the world in the 21st century
New research sheds fresh light on plant chloroplasts, and the proteins inside them. The regulation of chloroplast proteins is important for plant development and stress acclimation and is increasingly significant as plants - including our staple crops, wheat, rice, barley - are having to respond to our changing environments.  

The defensive arsenal of plant roots
Plants adapt to their nutritional needs by modifying the permeability of their roots through the production or degradation of a cork-like layer called suberin. By studying the regulation of this protective layer in Arabidopsis thaliana, an international team has discovered four molecular factors responsible for the genetic activation of suberin.


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On the blog / 
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Latest posts: Impacts of european plants abroad: past and present insights by Javier Galán Díaz

Climate Change: call to action by Ros Gleadow

Meet our #PlantSciStory2021 storytellers: Laura KorVerena SesinMaria Park and Benedetta Gori

Climate change widespread, rapid, and intensifying by IPCC

Science (Fact) Fiction – a tale of ozone, nitrogen and wheat by Clare Brewster

The Global Plant Council Statement for 2021-2022 by The Global Plant Council

Would you like to contribute an article to the GPC's blog? Please get in touch! Email

ECRi / 

ECRi is a collection of activities addressed to help the ECRs with 4 essential matters: job hunting, grant funding, dissemination of research results and networking.

The latest on the ECRi network is published in the GPC website here. Additionally, sign-up to our bi-monthly ECRi newsletter.

Job hunting:  We post daily opportunities on our Facebook and Linkedin groups. Next #plantscijobs Twitterstorm will take place on the 24th November between 3 and 4 pm CET.

Upcoming Webinars by The Global Plant Council 

The Academic Odyssey Series: Prof Ros Gleadow
Wed, 15 December 2021, 8:00 – 9:00 CET. Online. 

Check for past and upcoming webinars here.

We are accepting guest posts!! 🤓


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Events / 
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Currently, 16 events are published in our events calendar.

#UKPlantSciPresents: "Genome-editing for low acrylamide wheat" and "Can cover crops be used to lower populations of plant parasitic nematodes of field crops?"
23rd November 2021. Online

Australian Society of Plant Scientists 2021
25 November 2021. Online.

Webinar on Hybrid Seed Production
1 December 2021. Online

GPC WEBINAR The Academic Odyssey Series: Prof Ros Gleadow
15 December 2021. Online. 

International Advances in Pesticide Application

25-27 January 2021. Online

Winter School on Image Analysis for Plant Phenotyping
7-11 February 2021. Wageningen, Netherlands.


If you have a conference, meeting, workshop, training course or other event coming up, we can include it in our Events calendar! Please email

Calls for papers /

Research topic. Nitrogen Use Efficiency: Plant Biology to Crop Improvement in Frontiers in Plant Science. 
This Research Topic invites articles that advance the physiological, biochemical, molecular, genetic, genomic, or phenotypic molecular understanding of the plant N-response and nitrogen use efficiency (NUE), apart from identification and/or validation of targets to improve crop  NUE.
Submission deadline: 31 December 2021

Research topic. Towards Plant-Based Foods: From Plant Biodiversity to Discovery of Sensorically Active Compounds in Frontiers in Plant Science. 
There is a worldwide shift towards plant-based foods (PBFs) which offer a myriad of nutritional and functional benefits for human health promotion owing to their rich content of bioactive compounds. Flavor, texture, and color are key sensory attributes of a food product, among which flavor (taste and aroma) is a critical quality attribute with the largest impact on consumer appeal and acceptance. This research topic welcomes all research articles and review papers focusing on flavor-related metabolite profiling, including both volatile aroma metabolites as well as non-volatile taste metabolites. Taken together, the aim is to bridge plant scientists and food industrialists for the development of superior PBFs.
Submission deadline: 31 December 2021

Special issue. Global Tree Assessment in Plants People Planet
Trees form forested ecosystems and tree species composition and richness determine ecosystem properties. The conservation status of these tree species is therefore of key importance to planning resilient management strategies and prioritizing actions, both geographically and taxonomically. This special issue of Plants, People, Planet will highlight key achievements, implications of results, lessons learned, and evaluate future steps.
Submission deadline: 31 January 2022

Special issue. Fruit in focus in Plants People Planet
Flowering plants and their fruit are biologically important as part of complex ecosystems, not only as a food for a broad diversity of organisms but also as a critical source of essential nutrients for people around the world. 2021, the UN General Assembly's International Year of Fruit and Vegetables, is the ideal time for researchers to come together to reflect upon and share the importance of fruit to natural ecosystems and society in a special issue of Plants, People, Planet. For this collection, articles on a wide range of topics related to fruit are sought. 
Submission deadline: 15 March 2022


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