12th Jan 2016

In 2014 the UK Plant Science Federation (UKPSF) published a report on 'Current Status and Future Challenges'. This report included a recommendation to establish four 'Working Groups' that would investigate future plans for UK plant science in these broad areas:

- Training and Skills

- Funding

- Translation

- Regulation

At the end of 2015 the results of these working groups were published in PDF format on the UKPSF blog along with a brief analysis of their content by Dr Sandy Knapp from the Natural History Museum. There is no need to repeat this analysis here but GARNet has put together a single page that offers a brief summary of their findings that can be found on the GARNet blog.

One real outcome from these working groups is the establishment of a consultatation period that will produce a Roadmap for UK Plant Science for the next 25 years. This comprehensive document aims to be published by mid-2016 and the invitations to attend discussion groups in London and York will go out in the next few weeks. Hopefully this Roadmap will have as successful an impact as a similar project did which focussed on the UK capacity for Synthetic Biology. Fingers crossed!