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Simulation of the impact of high temperature stress on annual crop yields

Challinor, A. J., Wheeler, T. R., Craufurd, P. Q. and Slingo, J. M. (2005) Simulation of the impact of high temperature stress on annual crop yields. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 135 (1-4). pp. 180-189. ISSN 0168-1923

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2005.11.015


Brief periods of high temperature which occur near flowering can severely reduce the yield of annual crops such as wheat and groundnut. A parameterisation of this well-documented effect is presented for groundnut (i.e. peanut; Arachis hypogaeaL.). This parameterisation was combined with an existing crop model, allowing the impact of season-mean temperature, and of brief high-temperature episodes at various times near flowering, to be both independently and jointly examined. The extended crop model was tested with independent data from controlled environment experiments and field experiments. The impact of total crop duration was captured, with simulated duration being within 5% of observations for the range of season-mean temperatures used (20-28 degrees C). In simulations across nine differently timed high temperature events, eight of the absolute differences between observed and simulated yield were less than 10% of the control (no-stress) yield. The parameterisation of high temperature stress also allows the simulation of heat tolerance across different genotypes. Three parameter sets, representing tolerant, moderately sensitive and sensitive genotypes were developed and assessed. The new parameterisation can be used in climate change studies to estimate the impact of heat stress on yield. It can also be used to assess the potential for adaptation of cropping systems to increased temperature threshold exceedance via the choice of genotype characteristics. (c) 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
ID Code:8387
Uncontrolled Keywords:high temperature stress, crop simulation models, climate change, groundnut, crop yield, ARACHIS-HYPOGAEA L., HEAT TOLERANCE, POLLEN GERMINATION, FRUIT-SET, GROUNDNUT, GENOTYPES, GROWTH, PEANUT, ANTHESIS, WHEAT

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