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  • Maintaining a global food supply in the face of climate change will require the development of new crops that can thrive at higher temperatures. And that means using water more efficiently.

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  • The end of the COVID-19 pandemic is still a long way away. However, it is already a good time to reflect on how we have tried to maintain a vibrant research community.

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  • With public understanding and academic enthusiasm for plant science dwindling, now is the time to take the fascination for plants to the people.

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  • After the tumultuous weeks and months surrounding the 2020 United States presidential election, the President’s choice for a key post in his administration gives a broad outline of how land-use policy and politics could change going forward.

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  • The rapid development of plant biotechnologies is profoundly shaping crop breeding and catalysing the next revolution in agriculture.

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  • The year 2020 was dominated by COVID-19 and the multiple unforeseen challenges it created. As we enter a second year of the pandemic those difficulties continue, but so too does the resilience of the research community.

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  • January is traditionally a time for looking back over years past and making plans for the year to come. For Nature Plants, this means a first transformative step towards open access.

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  • Plants delight us with their diverse spectrum of colours, the pigments and processes that create them, and the functions which they provide.

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  • While the pandemic creates a ‘new normal’, many political, environmental and economic dynamics that were concerning us before 2020 have become all the more serious under the cover of COVID-19’s long shadow.

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  • Ending hunger is a major objective of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. A cross-journal collection of articles takes a systematic look at what we might already know about achieving it.

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  • In the Gospel According to Matthew Chapter seven, Verse five, Jesus says “first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye”. We should remember this entreaty before too casually casting accusations of ‘plant blindness’.

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  • The motto of the Royal Society, “nullius in verba”, enjoins scientists to ‘take nobody’s word for it’. Its call to trust nothing unless it can be replicated is no less relevant now than it was 360 years ago.

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  • The last three months have been a dispiriting experience for most plant scientists. But this period of collective isolation is demonstrating the usefulness of alternative ways to come together as a community.

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  • The COVID-19 pandemic has been cutting us all off from the social aspects of human community for several months. High time we checked in on our plant science colleagues to see how they are faring.

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  • Disease is often said to be a great leveller, striking the rich and poor alike. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown into stark contrast the inequalities inherent in our food systems.

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  • Scale can be as problematic in genetics as it is in microscopy or astronomy. Luckily, pan-genomics is here to tackle the complexity of genetics on the large scale.

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  • Epidemic diseases are not a new phenomenon, but easy access to transport in the modern world has accelerated their spread. Perhaps some botanical understanding can help slow them down.

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  • Plant diseases have brought misery and suffering to human populations across the world and across millennia. Declaring 2020 the International Year of Plant Health will hopefully raise awareness of this ancient yet very modern threat.

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  • Now we are volume six — a perfect opportunity to reflect on some of the highlights, personal and professional, of the past five years.

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  • Plant blindness is a pernicious force, even affecting the coming festive season. How can we increase the plant-based content of a well-known list of Christmas gifts?

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