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Changing Climate, Warmer Nights and Crop Yields

Harkamal Walia
Faculty Fellow with the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute and Heuermann Chair of Agronomy

April 14, 2021
Noon ● Virtual Lecture with Live Q&A at https://unl.zoom.us/j/99663396867
Email questions for Walia to unlresearch@unl.edu.

Nineteen of the warmest years have occurred since 2000. The year 2020 tied with 2016 for the warmest year on record. Rising global temperatures combined with erratic precipitation are posing an unprecedented challenge for human health and nutrition through extreme heat and precipitation events.

One of the major challenges posed by high temperatures is declining crop productivity and quality. Crop yields are particularly sensitive to increasing nighttime temperatures.

This lecture will present a perspective on how genetic improvements and technological advances can help address this challenge for agriculture and global food security.

The Chancellor’s Distinguished Nebraska Lecture is sponsored by the Chancellor’s Office and the Office of Research and Economic Development.

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