PlantACT! - how to tackle the climate crisis

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  • Authors: Hirt H, Al-Babili S, Almeida-Trapp M, Antoine M, Aranda M, Bartels D, Bennett M, Blilou I, Boer D, Boulouis A, Bowler C, Brunel-Muguet S, Chardon F, Colcombet J, Colot V, Daszkowska-Golec A, Dinneny JR, Field B, Froehlich K, Gardener CH, Gojon A, Gomès E, Álvarez EMG, Gutierrez C, Havaux M, Hayes S, Heard E, Hodges M, Alghamdi AK, Laplaze L, Lauersen KJ, Leonhard N, Johnson X, Jones J, Kollist H, Kopriva S, Krapp A, Masson ML, McCabe MF, Merendino L, Molina A, Moreno Ramirez JL, Müller-Röber B, Nicolas M, Nir I, Orduna IO, Pardo-Tomás J, Reichheld JP, Egea PLR, Rouached H, Saad MM, Schlögelhofer P, Singh KA, De Smet I, Stanschewski C, Stra A, Tester M, Walshe C, Weber APM, Weigel D, Wigge P, Wrzaczek M, Wulff B, Young IM (2023)
  • Reference: Trends Plant Sci. 2023 Feb 3:S1360-1385(23)00024-9. doi: 10.1016/j.tplants.2023.01.005.

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have created a global climate crisis which requires immediate interventions to mitigate the negative effects on all aspects of life on this planet. As current agriculture and land use contributes up to 25% of total GHG emissions, plant scientists take center stage in finding possible solutions for a transition to sustainable agriculture and land use. In this article, the PlantACT! (Plants for climate ACTion!) initiative of plant scientists lays out a road map of how and in which areas plant scientists can contribute to finding immediate, mid-term, and long-term solutions, and what changes are necessary to implement these solutions at the personal, institutional, and funding levels.