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Adaptation of crops to climate change through genotypic responses to mean and extreme temperatures

Challinor, A. J., Wheeler, T. R., Craufurd, P. Q., Ferro, C. A. T. and Stephenson, D. B. (2007) Adaptation of crops to climate change through genotypic responses to mean and extreme temperatures. Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment, 119 (1-2). pp. 190-204. ISSN 0167-8809

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2006.07.009


The importance of temperature in the determination of the yield of an annual crop (groundnut; Arachis hypogaea L. in India) was assessed. Simulations from a regional climate model (PRECIS) were used with a crop model (GLAM) to examine crop growth under simulated current (1961-1990) and future (2071-2100) climates. Two processes were examined: the response of crop duration to mean temperature and the response of seed-set to extremes of temperature. The relative importance of, and interaction between, these two processes was examined for a number of genotypic characteristics, which were represented by using different values of crop model parameters derived from experiments. The impact of mean and extreme temperatures varied geographically, and depended upon the simulated genotypic properties. High temperature stress was not a major determinant of simulated yields in the current climate, but affected the mean and variability of yield under climate change in two regions which had contrasting statistics of daily maximum temperature. Changes in mean temperature had a similar impact on mean yield to that of high temperature stress in some locations and its effects were more widespread. Where the optimal temperature for development was exceeded, the resulting increase in duration in some simulations fully mitigated the negative impacts of extreme temperatures when sufficient water was available for the extended growing period. For some simulations the reduction in mean yield between the current and future climates was as large as 70%, indicating the importance of genotypic adaptation to changes in both means and extremes of temperature under climate change. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
ID Code:8386
Uncontrolled Keywords:crop yield, temperature threshold, climate change, climate model, crop, model, extremes, AIR CO2 ENRICHMENT, CARBON-DIOXIDE, HEAT TOLERANCE, GRAIN-YIELD, VARIABILITY, PRODUCTIVITY, IMPACTS, WEATHER, SCALE, SIMULATION

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