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Basic plant science research will be crucial for solving many of society’s most-pressing challenges—including climate change, food security, and sustainable energy.

Plants have a special power, called photosynthesis, which enables them to convert the Sun’s energy into chemical energy in the form of sugars and fats. This underpins our entire food supply and shaped our planet’s atmosphere—enabling life as we know it to arise and thrive on Earth.

Carnegie biologists are at the forefront of research that will pave the way for progress. Their work will enable us to gain a comprehensive understanding of the biochemistry, molecular biology, physiology, and functionality of how plant cells respond to their environmental conditions and make cellular decisions, which could underpin technological interventions for improving agricultural yields in the face of a warming planet.

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