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This special advisory committee of the RSB brings together the UK plant science community to develop a coordinated approach to policy and practice in research, industry, funding, education and outreach. The group provides a platform for knowledge exchange regarding matters in the plant sciences sector as well as a pathway by which Member Organisations can contribute to RSB outputs in this area. A full list of members is shown below. 

The RSB is involved in a number of additional activities in the plant sciences sector. A selection of these outputs are summarised below.

Plant Science newsletter

We publish a monthly round-up of plant science policy headlines and stories.

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Sign into mySociety and select 'Subscribe to our publications', then choose which items you wish to receive. Non-members can also subscribe to RSB e-newsletters by registering on the website. The latest issue of the newsletter is available as a PDF.

Plant Health Undergraduate Summer Studentships

We arrange funded undergraduate studentships in plant health, hosted by leading researchers across the UK. The studentships programme is supported by Defra. Please see our studentships webpage for more information.

Plant Health Professional Register

The Plant Health Professional Register provides independent recognition and validation of plant health competencies, professional standing and achievements. It is suitable for people working in a wide range of plant health and biosecurity roles and sectors, including government, the horticulture and crop industries, forestry, the natural environment and research.

Plant health networking events

The Royal Society of Biology has partnered with Defra to deliver a series of plant health networking events and workshops aiming to develop a diverse community across the sector and build UK plant health capability, capacity and resilience.

Growing the future report

In January 2019, we published our report, Growing the future. This report highlights to policymakers and others the excellence of plant science in the UK, and its importance to the biosciences, the economy, and society both at home and around the world.


If you would like to find out more, or your organisation is interested in joining the Plant Science Group, please email us.

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RSB Plant Science Group Members

Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

Association of Applied Biologists

Biochemical Society

British Ecological Society

British Society for Plant Pathology

British Society of Soil Science


Gatsby Plant Science Education Programme

Genetics Society

The Linnean Society of London

Microbiology Society

Monogram – Cereal and Grasses Research Community

Society for Experimental Biology