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Global Plant Council

Putting Big Data to Work with ARPA-E’s TERRA Program
This week we spoke to Dr. Joe Cornelius, the Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). His work focusses on bioenergy production and conversion as a renewable and sustainable energy source, transportation fuel, and chemical feedstock, applying innovations in biotechnology, genomics, metabolic engineering, molecular breeding […]
Sarah Jose
Taking the brakes off plant production: not so good after all
Reposted with kind permission from the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory. Original article. By: Igor Houwat, Atsuko Kanazawa, David Kramer When engineers want to speed something up, they look for the “pinch points”, the slowest steps in a system, and make them faster. Say, you want more water to flow through your plumbing. You’d find the narrowest … Continue […]
Sarah Jose
Potatoes, allies on Earth and on Mars
By Zoraida Portillo (Perú) [LIMA] A joint initiative between NASA and the International Potato Centre (CIP), which is based in Peru, offers scientific evidence that it is possible to grow at least four types of potatoes on Mars. A scenario starring the root crop was portrayed in the movie “The Martian” (2015), in which a … Continue reading Potatoes, allies o […]
Sarah Jose

BES, British Ecological Society

Protecting piping plovers
  “Despite current management efforts, the population is far from the federal recovery goal of 150 pairs and continues to be threatened by avian and mammalian predation,” said Sarah Saunders, MSU integrative biologist and lead author of the study in the Journal of Applied Ecology. “However, the degree to which predation pressure impacts population growth […] […]
Sabrina Weiss
Rethinking environmental legislation to include the conservation ideas of tomorrow
  Rewilding has potential to help address the current global biodiversity crisis, but its impact will be limited unless agreed definitions can be reached, backed by further scientific research and helped by a policy backdrop that enables greater integration with current environmental legislation. These are the key findings of a new study into the controversi […]
Sabrina Weiss
A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment; the good, the bad, and the non-committal.
The 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment has been met with a mixed response by the environmental community. Its scope and ambition have been praised, both in terms of breath of issues the Plan covers and the ability for long term planning provided by the 25 year timeframe. This has set the Plan apart from previous […] The post A Green Future: Our 25 Year […]
Camilla Morrison-Bell

SPPS, Societas Physiologiae Plantarum Scandinavica

New SPPS Website!
The Scandinavian Plant Physiology Society has now a new homepage! Check it out under From now on, all your business will be run over the new platform, including membership registration, newsletter, applying for membership benefits and grants. This page will stay online for a while for information and archiving purposes. SPPS whishes you all a gre […]
Registration is now open for PBE2018, Plant Biology Europe conference in Copenhagen
PBE2018 is organized by EPSO and FESPB, in both organizations SPPS is a member. Read more about the PBE2018 conferenc here… […]
The Emperor’s new clothes- Article by SPPS member Hannes Kollist (Estonia)
It’s neither wise nor safe for EU policymakers to dismiss new breeding techniques as ‘dangerous’ without any real consideration of the facts, argues Hannes Kollist. Read the full article here…. […]

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