The University of California-Riverside is studying ways to help plants deal with rising temperatures. While not immune to changing climate, plants respond to the rising mercury in different ways. Temperature affects the distribution of plants around the planet. It also affects the flowering time, crop yield, and even resistance to disease. One of the researchers says, “It is important to understand how plants respond to temperature to predict not only future food availability but also develop new technologies to help plants cope with increasing temperature.” Scientists are keenly interested in figuring out how plants experience temperature during the day, but until recently this mechanism has remained elusive. The research team is exploring the role of phytochrome B, a molecular signaling pathway that may play a pivotal role in how plants respond to temperature.
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