"Our findings explain at the molecular level what we observe in our gardens as the warmer temperatures of spring arrive," said Wigge.
"It also explains why plants are flowering earlier as a result of climate change."
Wigge and colleagues hope their research will eventually allow temperature-resilient crops to be developed. Crops plants often respond very strongly to warmer temperatures, reducing yields. By understanding at the molecular levels how plants sense temperature, the team hopes to breed crops which are more resilient to climate change.
"Knowing the key players in the temperature response pathways will be a valuable tool for safeguarding food security in an era of climate change," said Wigge.
With all seven of the warmest years on record in the UK having occurred in the past decade, the race is on to help crops cope with the effects of higher temperatures caused by climate change.
|Contact: Zoe Dunford|
Norwich BioScience Institutes