Future-proofing plants for a changing climate

The key focus of plant science research at Lincoln University, led by Dr Rainer Hofmann, is to understand the consequences of a changing climate – including temperature rises, variability of climate extremes, and fluctuations in clouding and UV radiation – for plants. Hofmann’s team of researchers, including postgraduate students, are building knowledge that can be applied in the management of crops and biological systems, both in New Zealand and worldwide.

The research has led to collaborations with the Lincoln Hub partners AgResearch and Plant & Food Research, as well as local company PGG Wrightson and international universities. The research is focused on identifying the stress response of pasture species, such as white clover, and horticultural crop plants, and incorporating this knowledge into breeding programmes and management systems.