The heat is on: RIPE researchers show ability to future-proof crops for changing climate
Tobacco in a field with heaters set to keep their plants 5°C warmer than the ambient temperature
Researchers grew tobacco in a field with heaters set to keep their plants 5°C warmer than the ambient temperature
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December 15, 2021
 

CHAMPAIGN, Ill., U.S. —  The world is warming quickly with no indication of slowing down. This could be catastrophic for the production of food crops, particularly in already warm areas. Today, research from the University of Illinois and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service shows that bypassing a photosynthetic glitch common to crops like soybean, rice, and wheat, can confer thermal protection under heat stress in the field. 

Crop sciences faculty and affiliates, including Don Ort and Carl Bernacchi, contributed to this work.

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