Special Issue "Crop Adaptation to Elevated CO2 and Temperature"

A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Response to Abiotic Stress and Climate Change".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 January 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. James Bunce
Guest Editor
USDA-ARS, Beltsville, retired, and PP Systems, Haverhill MA, USA
Interests: photosynthesis; respiration; plant–water relations; atmospheric CO2; temperature stress; plant adaptation to environment

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The rising concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere is resulting in global warming. Higher CO2 and temperatures can have large and often opposing effects on crop yield. Earlier expectations that elevated CO2 would protect plants from high temperature stress seem to be mostly unfulfilled. In order to feed the increasing global human population, we need to identify crop germplasm better adapted to these global changes. Because of the many interactions between CO2 and high temperature on plant responses, independent study of plant response or adaptation to CO2 or to high temperature is likely less productive than examining adaptation to the combination of these two factors. However, such research poses technological challenges, as well as biological.

Dr. James Bunce
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • crop adaptation
  • elevated CO2
  • high-temperature stress
  • humidity
  • photosynthesis
  • plant reproduction
  • plant–water relations


Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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