Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Interactions of plants with their environment
The laboratory-based study of plant genetics cannot fulfil its potential until it includes reference to the natural environment in which plants evolved. Genetically-equipped field laboratories and molecularly-trained field biologists are needed to explore the links between plants and their environment, and use them for practical application. Harnessing certain plant traits could help produce high-yield crops suitable for a warming world.

Plants influence everything from food chains to climate change. Yet we know little about the traits that allow plants to survive and adapt to their habitat or to a warming planet. We are a long way from being able to harness these adaptations for our own benefit. Our failure to understand these traits is in part due to the split of biology research into molecular–cellular and ecological–evolutionary disciplines. A new generation of plant scientists is needed to realize the full potential of plant genetics.

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