Plant Genomics and Climate Change

  • David Edwards
  • Jacqueline Batley

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Robert C. Godfree, Lyndsey M. Vivian, Jennifer C. Pierson
    Pages 15-47
  3. Bruce D. L. Fitt, David John Hughes, Henrik Uwe Stotz
    Pages 49-66
  4. Amanda P. De Souza, Bruna C. Arenque, Eveline Q. P. Tavares, Marcos S. Buckeridge
    Pages 67-83
  5. Tiago F. Lourenço, Pedro M. Barros, Nelson J. M. Saibo, Isabel A. Abreu, Ana Paula Santos, Carla António et al.
    Pages 85-135
  6. Paula Andrea Martinez
    Pages 137-147
  7. Jennifer Ming-Suet Ng, Mei Han, Perrin H. Beatty, Allen Good
    Pages 149-172
  8. Philipp Emanuel Bayer
    Pages 179-194
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 195-200

About this book


This book explores the impact of climate change on agriculture and our future ability to produce the crops which are the foundation of the human diet. The sustainability of agriculture is being challenged by climate change and rising food demand from a larger and wealthier human population. Humanity faces a global food deficit unless the efficiency and resilience of crop production is improved. 

This work addresses the specific climate change issues and explore the potential for genomics assisted breeding of improved crops with greater yield and tolerance to the stresses associated with predicted climate change scenarios. Within the coming decades challenges to international food production will occur like no other time in human history, and a substantial increase in the production of food is essential if we are to continue to feed the growing human population. There is an urgent need to increase crop yield, quality and stability of production, enhancing the resilience of crops to climate variability and increasing the productivity of minor crops to diversify food production. 

Improvements in agricultural practice and the increased use of fertilisers and pesticides have increased food production over the last few decades, however it is now considered that further such improvements are limited. The science of genomics offers the greatest potential for crop improvement. 

Through the application of genomics technology it is possible to accelerate the breeding of major crops, bring current orphan crops into accelerated agricultural breeding programs and convert diverse non-crop species into future crops adapted to the changing climate. Through this process we can help secure the food supply for the coming generations.


Agriculture Climate Change Plant Genomics Plant Population Transcriptomics

Editors and affiliations

  • David Edwards
    • 1
  • Jacqueline Batley
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Plant Biology and Institute ofUniversity of Western AustraliaCrawley, PerthAustralia
  2. 2.School of Plant Biology and Institute ofUniversity of Western AustraliaCrawleyAustralia

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