Special focus: Responding and adaptation of crop growth to climatic warming

Published 28 July, 2022

The mean surface air temperature on Earth has risen by 0.18 °C per decade since 1981, and is predicted to  climb at least another 1.5 °C by the end of the century. Heat and drought stresses will be more serious and frequent to crop production, causing a large reduction in grain yield globally. Global food production, however, needs to increase by more than 70% from its 2005 to 2007 levels by 2050 to feed a growing world population. Thus, ensuring food security requires a sustainable adaptation strategy of crop production to climatic warming. The special focus issue: Responding and adaptation of crop growth to climatic warming, shows the responses and improvement of crop tolerances to high temperature and drought stresses. There are four papers on rice, one on winter wheat and one on fresh waxy maize. The aim of this special focus issue is to enhance our understanding of crop response and adaptation to heat stress and benefit technology innovation of crop management for coping with climatic warming.

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