Research report 2022 - Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology

How plants defy climate change with their "solar power plants"

Gao, Yang; Zoschke, Reimo
Organellenbiologie, Biotechnologie und molekulare Ökophysiologie
Plants need to face the elements in the places they grow. However, increasingly extreme heat waves and cold snaps are now pushing even the most robust plants to their limits. We investigate how chloroplasts, the plant‘s micro solar panels, help plants to survive such extreme temperature fluctuations. In doing so, we unravel the complex interactions taking place in plant cells between the genetic material of the nucleus and of the chloroplasts. Our findings provide the foundation for breeding crops that are well equipped to cope with the coming climate changes.

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