New insights on drought and heat vulnerability of maiz and wheat

Too hot and too dry: the summer of 2018 saw losses in arable crops of up to 50 percent in some regions of Germany. As such weather extremes are likely to increase in the future, adapting agriculture to climate change is crucial. Important strategies include agronomic management and breeding of more tolerant crops. For plant breeders it is essential to know whether plants are more vulnerable to heat or drought. An international research team led by the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) is providing new answers to this question. (Mehr in: Pressemitteilungen – idw – Informationsdienst Wissenschaft)