Stress Resilience

Achieving food security in a changing and unpredictable climate urgently requires a better understanding of the mechanisms by which plants interact with and respond to their environments. The FAO predicts that the world population is estimated to rise to 9.6 billion by 2050 and that crop production must increase by at least 60% by 2050 to meet the rising demand for food around the globe. During this period the planet will also experience greater fluctuations in climatic conditions. We will therefore not only need to produce more nutritious food in a sustainable manner but also generate crops and cropping systems that are able to adapt to a changing climate. It is essential that plant and crop science researchers across the globe come together to develop solutions that can contribute towards this significant global challenge.

Therefore the Global Plant Council in collaboration with the Society of Experimental Biology held a Stress Resilience Symposium and Discussion Forum in Brazil in October 2015. This event brought together experts from across the world to discuss current research efforts in stress resilience, showcase new approaches and technologies, and build new networks and collaborations. During the forum attendees discussed and brainstormed how the plant community could best contribute to current global efforts to develop stress resilient crops. A workshop report is currently being generated.


IPCC Report - Climate Change 2014, Food Security and Food Production System


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Nature Climate Change 4, 287–291