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HandWiki article: ‘Climate Change and Potatoes’

In an extensive article published on the biology portal of the HandWiki website, it is said that climate change is predicted to have significant effects on global potato production.

Like many crops, potatoes are likely to be affected by changes in atmospheric carbon dioxide, temperature and precipitation, as well as interactions between these factors.

As well as affecting potatoes directly, climate change will also affect the distribution and populations of many potato diseases and pests.

Potato is one of the world’s most important food crops, and potato production must be adapted to climate change to avoid reductions in crop yields. Adaptation of potato farming practices and potato varieties to changing conditions caused by climate change could help maintain crop yields and allow potatoes to be grown in areas with predicted conditions unsuited to current commercial potato cultivars.

Methods to adapt potatoes to climate change include shifting production areas, improving water use and breeding new tolerant potato varieties.

Source: HandWiki. Read the full article here
Photo: Credit Lukas Langrock on Unsplash

Lukie Pieterse, Editor & Publisher

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