Climate change is making it increasingly challenging to produce sufficient food to feed the growing world populations. Most major crops can’t provide good harvests in hot dry conditions. Research on photosynthesis in desert-adapted plants is one area with the potential to help with these challenges. By understanding how such hardy plants capture carbon-dioxide and build sugars for their growth researchers at the University of Liverpool hope to increase the productivity of less hardy crops. Ultimately this could improve supplies of both food and renewable materials.