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Implications of climate change for diseases, crop yields and food security

Newton, A. C., Johnson, S. N. and Gregory, P. J. (2011) Implications of climate change for diseases, crop yields and food security. Euphytica, 179 (1). pp. 3-18. ISSN 0014-2336

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1007/s10681-011-0359-4

Abstract/Summary

Accelerated climate change affects components of complex biological interactions differentially, often causing changes that are difficult to predict. Crop yield and quality are affected by climate change directly, and indirectly, through diseases that themselves will change but remain important. These effects are difficult to dissect and model as their mechanistic bases are generally poorly understood. Nevertheless, a combination of integrated modelling from different disciplines and multi-factorial experimentation will advance our understanding and prioritisation of the challenges. Food security brings in additional socio-economic, geographical and political factors. Enhancing resilience to the effects of climate change is important for all these systems and functional diversity is one of the most effective targets for improved sustainability.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Centre for Food Security
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Biodiversity, Crops and Agroecosystems Division > Crops Research Group
ID Code:32007
Uncontrolled Keywords:complex interactions, CO2, extreme events, ozone, quality, resilience, temperature.
Publisher:Springer

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