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How Europe’s Wheat Farmers Can Plan For Climate Change-Induced Drought

October 16, 2018: 12:00 AM EST
Climate change in Europe is likely to bring frequent heat waves and drought, both of which will challenge production of wheat and maize, according to scientists at Denmark’s Aarhus University. Drought in particular will cause crops, especially those sewn in spring, to wither and die as they did in this past summer. The researchers wondered which was the bigger problem in the long run for winter wheat and maize: heat or drought. It is important to differentiate because the defense mechanisms of plants against drought are different from those used to protect against heat stress. Wheat and maize under climate change will be most affected by drought, less so by heat. Knowing this will help farmers and plant breeders develop suitable crop varieties and management systems. [Image Credit: © minka2507]
"Climate changes require better adaptation to drought", Science Daily, October 16, 2018, © Science Daily
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