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Agriculture 2016, 6(3), 33; doi:10.3390/agriculture6030033

Climate Change: Seed Production and Options for Adaptation

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Seed Research Centre, Lincoln University, Lincoln 7647, New Zealand
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AgResearch Ltd., Private Bag 4749, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand
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Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University, DK-4200 Slagelse, Denmark
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Department of Crop and Soil Science, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331-3002, USA
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Academic Editor: Annelie Holzkämper
Received: 8 April 2016 / Revised: 18 July 2016 / Accepted: 21 July 2016 / Published: 26 July 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Options for Agricultural Adaptation to Climate Change)
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Abstract

Food security depends on seed security and the international seed industry must be able to continue to deliver the quantities of quality seed required for this purpose. Abiotic stress resulting from climate change, particularly elevated temperature and water stress, will reduce seed yield and quality. Options for the seed industry to adapt to climate change include moving sites for seed production, changing sowing date, and the development of cultivars with traits which allow them to adapt to climate change conditions. However, the ability of seed growers to make these changes is directly linked to the seed system. In the formal seed system operating in developed countries, implementation will be reasonably straight forward. In the informal system operating in developing countries, the current seed production challenges including supply failing to meet demand and poor seed quality will increase with changing climates. View Full-Text
Keywords: abiotic stress; adaptation; agriculture; climate change; seed production; seed quality; seed systems abiotic stress; adaptation; agriculture; climate change; seed production; seed quality; seed systems
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Hampton, J.G.; Conner, A.J.; Boelt, B.; Chastain, T.G.; Rolston, P. Climate Change: Seed Production and Options for Adaptation. Agriculture 2016, 6, 33.

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