Climate change challenges, plant science solutions

Nancy A Eckardt, Elizabeth A Ainsworth, Rajeev N Bahuguna, Martin R Broadley, Wolfgang Busch, Nicholas C Carpita, Gabriel Castrillo, Joanne Chory, Lee R DeHaan, Carlos M. Duarte, Amelia Henry, S V Krishna Jagadish, Jane Langdale, Andrew D B Leakey, James C Liao, Kuan-Jen Lu, Maureen C McCann, John K McKay, Damaris A Odeny, Eder OlivieiraJ Damien Platten, Ismail Rabbi, Ellen Youngsoo Rim, Pamela C Ronald, David E Salt, Alexandra M Shigenaga, Ertao Wang, Marnin Wolfe, Xiaowei Zhang

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Climate change is a defining challenge of the 21st century, and this decade is a critical time for action to mitigate the worst effects on human populations and ecosystems. Plant science can play an important role in developing crops with enhanced resilience to harsh conditions (e.g., heat, drought, salt stress, flooding, disease outbreaks) and engineering efficient carbon-capturing and carbon-sequestering plants. Here, we present examples of research being conducted in these areas and discuss challenges and open questions as a call to action for the plant science community.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalThe Plant Cell
StatePublished - Oct 12 2022

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2022-10-14
Acknowledgements: Collaborative research on these topics in the McKay (Colorado State University) and C. Topp (Donald Danforth Plant Science Center) labs is funded by US DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy award DE-AR0000826 (variation in NUE and root growth responses to nitrogen in rice breeding lines) by funding from Wells Fargo IN2 (carbon sequestration potential of hemp crops grown for grain and fiber). The work of HPI is funded by gifts from the TED Audacious Program, the Bezos Earth Fund, the Hess Corporation, SEMPRA Energy and others. The NextGen Cassava Breeding project is funded by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (Grant INV-007637). We thank two anonymous reviewers and the editors for their helpful comments. Wolfgang Busch and Joanne Chory are grateful for the work of colleagues in the Harnessing Plants Initiative (HPI): Julie Law, Joe Noel, Todd Michael, and all other HPI team members.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science
  • Cell Biology


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