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Plants and climate change: the role of plants in achieving net zero 


Biochemical Journal themed collection, open for submissions until 31 December 2022


Plants and their associated microbiomes must adapt rapidly to the stresses that are predicted to accompany climate change, including high atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, increasing frequencies of drought, floods and heatwaves, in addition to the threats posed by new pathogen and pest invasions. Moreover, the importance of nature-based solutions such as reforestation to climate mitigation has been recognised globally. The Earth has become greener with plants producing greater leaf area and enhanced photosynthesis over the last two decades, as a result of the elevated global atmospheric CO2 concentrations. This is 21st Century biochemistry in the plant kingdom, which will be the topic of our themed collection on ‘Plants and Climate Change’.


This themed collection will focus on biochemical plasticity and adaptations of plants and plant-soil microbial interactions to climate change that underpin crop and forest resilience to climatic stress, plant productivity, and ecosystem processes that support nutrient cycling and carbon storage. The collection will not only feature advances in knowledge of the underpinning plant and microbiome biochemistry and molecular mechanisms, but will also highlight our ability to understand and predict impacts that arise from climate-driven shifts in plant productivity and plant-soil interactions. We will consider manuscripts reporting the results of laboratory and field experiments in biochemistry with model, wild or crop species, and/or their root-associated microbial communities.

Our aim is to establish a new mechanistic understanding of how climate-driven shifts will modify agronomically- and environmentally-important aspects of plant health and productivity, facilitating prediction of climate impacts on different agro-ecosystems as well as natural and managed ecosystems such as grass- and heathlands, and forests.

This Biochemical Journal themed collection, will be Guest edited by:

Professor Christine H. Foyer, University of Birmingham 
Professor Ilse Kranner, University of Innsbruck 

We welcome you to submit your best original research papers, review articles and opinion pieces. Please contact the Editorial Office for any additional information.

Submit your work here > 


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