Editorial overview: Synthetic plant biology: the roots of a bio-based society

来源: 时间:July 11, 2014, 10:06 a.m.

All our food is derived from plants, either directly or indirectly via animal production. The process of photosynthesis enables plants to convert solar energy into chemical energy in the form of biomass that may be converted into renewable biofuels. Due to climate change, the need to develop sustainable robust agricultural systems is of utmost importance to avoid continued destruction of previously arable land (Figure 2). Inter-disciplinary research, including constructive engagement and dialogue with politicians, bio-ethicists, the general public and other stakeholders, is obviously essential in addressing these complex challenges, but excellent research within plant biology is going to be instrumental. This calls for increased investment in plant research. Likewise, plant researchers around the globe need to take charge in spurring the interest of young talented students to choose plant biology as their favorite discipline.