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Effects of Climate Change on Crops and Weeds: The Need for Climate-smart Adaptation Paradigm

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The net effect of climate change on agriculture is likely to be negative despite the potential beneficial effects some crops and regions might receive. While increases in atmospheric CO2 are projected to stimulate growth in C3 crops and improve water use efficiency in C4 crops, climate impacts, particularly temperature increase, heat waves, droughts and flooding, will probably reduce yield potential. These negative effects will be compounded by increased weed interference and competition with the crop. The new type of "carbon farmer" should adapt to climate change and implement farming practices that focus on agricultural production models that mitigate climate change and promote "nature" and sustainability. Everything is already at least possible in one form or another, and the challenge is now to make it a reality.
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Keywords: C3 PLANTS; C4 PLANTS; CARBON DIOXIDE; DROUGHT; GHG EMISSIONS; NITROUS OXIDE; TEMPERATURE INCREASE

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2020

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