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Climate change: Seed production and options for adaptation

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  • John G. Hampton, Lincoln University
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  • Anthony J. Conner, AgResearch
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  • Birte Boelt
  • Thomas G. Chastain, Oregon State University
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  • Phil Rolston, Lincoln University, AgResearch

Food security depends on seed security and the international seed industry must be able to continue to deliver the quantities of quality seed required for this purpose. Abiotic stress resulting from climate change, particularly elevated temperature and water stress, will reduce seed yield and quality. Options for the seed industry to adapt to climate change include moving sites for seed production, changing sowing date, and the development of cultivars with traits which allow them to adapt to climate change conditions. However, the ability of seed growers to make these changes is directly linked to the seed system. In the formal seed system operating in developed countries, implementation will be reasonably straight forward. In the informal system operating in developing countries, the current seed production challenges including supply failing to meet demand and poor seed quality will increase with changing climates.

Original languageEnglish
Article number33
JournalAgriculture (Switzerland)
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2016

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© 2016 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.

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    Research areas

  • Abiotic stress, Adaptation, Agriculture, Climate change, Seed production, Seed quality, Seed systems

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