Author: Dr Ann-Kristin Koehler

Using climate information to support crop breeding decisions and adaptation in agriculture

Dr Ann-Kristin Koehler,
Professor Sarah Gurr,
Professor Suraje Dessai,
Professor Andrew J Challinor,
Dr Mike Bushell,
Professor John Bryant,
Dr Dan Bebber,
Dr Pete Falloon
Summary Population growth in the next few decades will increase the need for food production, while the yields of major food crops could be impacted by the changing climate and changing threats from pests and pathogens. Crop breeding, both through conventional techniques, and GM assisted breeding could help meet these challenges, if adequately supported by appropriate information on the future climate.   We highlight some of the major challenges for crop breeders and growers in the …