PlantACT! – how to tackle the climate crisis

Heribert Hirt*, Salim Al-Babili, Marilia Almeida-Trapp, Antoine Martin, Manuel Aranda, Dorothea Bartels, Malcolm Bennett, Ikram Blilou, Damian Boer, Alix Boulouis, Chris Bowler, Sophie Brunel-Muguet, Fabien Chardon, Jean Colcombet, Vincent Colot, Agata Daszkowska-Golec, Jose R. Dinneny, Ben Field, Katja Froehlich, Catherine H. GardenerAlain Gojon, Eric Gomès, Eva María Gomez-Alvarez, Crisanto Gutierrez, Michel Havaux, Scott Hayes, Edith Heard, Michael Hodges, Amal Khalaf Alghamdi, Laurent Laplaze, Kyle J. Lauersen, Nathalie Leonhardt, Xenie Johnson, Jonathan Jones, Hannes Kollist, Stanislav Kopriva, Anne Krapp, Mauricio Lopez Portillo Masson, Matthew F. McCabe, Livia Merendino, Antonio Molina, Jose L. Moreno Ramirez, Izamar Olivas Orduna, Maged M. Saad, Kirti A. Singh, Clara Stanschewski, Alice Stra, Mark Tester, Brande B.H. Wulff, Iain M. Young

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)537-543
Number of pages7
JournalTrends in plant science
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2023


  • agriculture
  • carbon sequestration
  • climate change
  • food safety
  • greenhouse gas emission
  • nitrogen use efficiency
  • water use efficiency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science


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