The use of fossil resources, like coal and petrol, results in a net increase of atmospheric CO2, which reinforces climate change. Plants have the unique ability to capture CO2 from the atmosphere and convert it into biomass.
Climate change is one of the most serious threats humanity has ever faced. Developing crops more tolerant to rapidly changing and more severe environments, e.g. water shortage and elevated temperatures, will be crucial for tomorrow’s food production.
Nature has provided us with a wealth of plant species that have learnt to cope with harsh environments. Genetic variation as a driver for this diversity can lead us to solutions for plant production in a changing environment.