Climate change is coming for kūmara/sweet potatoes
Global warming is predicted to threaten kūmara (sweet potato) - one of the world’s most important food crops. Peruvian researchers tested nearly 2,000 sweet potato strains, finding just 6.7 per cent are heat-tolerant. They suggest these varieties could be used in breeding programmes to help crops adapt to predicted temperature increases of 1-6°C by 2070.
Journal/conference: Nature Climate Change
Link to research (DOI): 10.1038/s41558-020-00924-4
Organisation/s: International Potato Center, Peru
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