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Plant Breeding Under a Changing Climate

  • M. Fernanda DreccerEmail author
  • David Bonnett
  • Tanguy Lafarge
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Part of the Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology Series book series (ESSTS)



The activity of measuring the physiological, morphological, developmental, and chemical characteristics of plants


A measurable phenotypic character or attribute, e.g., plant height

Definition of the Subject

The next generation of crops, capable of keeping productive in an increasingly variable and changing climate, will rely on the integration of genetic interventions based on process understanding, selection of target traits in managed environments, and high-throughput phenotyping and genotyping more than ever before. This entry discusses examples from wheat and rice and recent advances in plant breeding for high-yield potential environments and also those where abiotic stress is a major limitation to productivity. The methodologies and lessons learned are discussed in the context of breeding in the face of climate change.


The effects of climate change on agricultural production and food security are already taking place, creating new challenges...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Fernanda Dreccer
    • 1
    Email author
  • David Bonnett
    • 2
    • 3
  • Tanguy Lafarge
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.CSIRO Agriculture and FoodToowoombaAustralia
  2. 2.CIMMYT Int. Apdo.MexicoMexico
  3. 3.Bayer Crop ScienceSabinUSA
  4. 4.CIRAD, UMR AGAPMontpellierFrance
  5. 5.AGAP, Univ Montpellier, CIRAD, INRA, INRIA, Montpellier SupAgroMontpellierFrance

Section editors and affiliations

  • Roxana Savin
    • 1
  • Gustavo Slafer
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Crop and Forest Sciences and AGROTECNIO, (Center for Research in Agrotechnology)University of LleidaLleidaSpain
  2. 2.Department of Crop and Forest SciencesUniversity of LleidaLleidaSpain

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