Multiscale crop modeling effort required to assess climate change adaptation
Researchers Bin Peng, left, and Kaiyu Guan led a large, multi-institutional study that calls for a better representation of plant genetics data in the models used to understand crop adaptation and food security during climate change. Photo illustration by Fred Zwicky.
Researchers Bin Peng, left, and Kaiyu Guan. Photo illustration by Fred Zwicky.
May 15, 2020

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Crop modeling is essential for understanding how to secure the food supply as the planet adapts to climate change. Many current crop models focus on simulating crop growth and yield at the field scale, but lack genetic and physiological data, which may hamper accurate production and environmental impact assessment at larger scales.

In a new paper published in the journal Nature Plants, researchers identify a series of multiscale and multidisciplinary components – from crop genetics up to global factors – that are critical for finding environmentally sustainable solutions to food security.

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