One hundred important questions facing plant science: An international perspective

In 2011, a group of scientists published an article called “One hundred important questions facing plant scientists”. Now, Armstrong et al. have provided an updated version of this, with an additional effort to draw on contributions from the global community, including non-specialists, to identify key questions. An interesting outcome is the notable increase in the number of questions and frequency with which the questions highlight concerns about climate change, reflecting the growing awareness of its importance and impact. The authors of the new work also point out that many of the highlighted questions are best addressed using interdisciplinary teams. Finally, they point out that by including the voices of the non-specialists, they created a culture of equity where non-specialists’ ideas carried weight alongside those of experts. (Summary by Mary Williams @PlantTeaching) New Phytol. 10.1111/nph.18771