Climate Change puts wheat crops at risk of disease

A recent study done in China by the University of Hertfordshire studied weather and the severity of epidemics such as Fusarium ear blight that affects wheat crops. Wheat is actually used for a great amount of products, such as bread, cereals, cakes, pizzas, candy, soups and other food. Fusarium ear blight affects wheat production worldwide all the time, but during severe epidemics, wheat losses can reach 60%. It can be worse when under severe weather conditions, because the epidemic releases toxins called mycotoxins which make it unsuitable to eat for both humans and animals. The study found that with rising temperatures, the wheat will flower earlier and the occurrence of the disease will substantially increase. They found that by the middle of the century, the epidemic will severely hit wheat production in Central China. On top of that, a similar study found the same issue will happen in the UK. All of this will greatly affect our food supply. It later talked about how over 1 billion people currently do not have enough to eat and with growing populations, this is a really big problem.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140226125252.htm

– Sean Sabogal –

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