Temperature Rise Affecting Global Wheat Yield

By TheHindu on 26 Aug 2016 | read

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For every degree Celsius rise in temperature, the world stands to lose six percent of its wheat crop, finds a global study. Lead researcher Senthold Asseng from University of Florida used a computer model approach to reach the finding of temperature increases and wheat production. “The simulations with the multi-crop models showed that warming is already slowing yield gains at a majority of wheat-growing locations across the globe,” said Asseng, professor of agricultural and biological engineering.

Global food production needs to grow 60 percent by 2050 to meet the projected demand from an anticipated population of more than nine billion people.“That is a huge agricultural challenge, complicated by temperature increases due to climate change,” Asseng said.

Asseng led a group of 50 scientists from 15 countries who devised an ensemble of computer models to increase the accuracy of their predictions.IANS